After only laying three eggs the peahen–we call her Mrs. Peackockles–decided to start the roughly 28 day hatching process. She’s also setting on a few turkey eggs that got laid in her nest. Fingers are crossed for a healthy delivery early as the 9th of August.
Ever notice how Nature never procrastinates? Other than a siesta during the heat of August, and a short breather in winter, Nature is in an explosive sprint to eat or be eaten, to reproduce or die out, and to otherwise keep farmers and gardeners scrambling to keep up. It’s the last week in May atContinue reading “Another Typical Spring week on the Farm”
Our turkey hens, usually excellent mothers, had to deal with a move in the middle of nesting season. As a result, they were forced to leave nests half full of their clutch–usually around 10 eggs for these hens–and start fresh in an unfamiliar coop. As a result they frequently changed nests, laying their eggs randomlyContinue reading “Fragile, but determined”
The flock at Big Branch Apiary has settled in and can finally be released to free range forage during the day. Makes for better eggs and happier hens (& cuts way down on the feed bill!)
The flock is slowly migrating from River Ridge to Big Branch. This week Big Daddy, by far the biggest rooster in the flock, got moved along with his hens. Big Daddy is a Pearl Orpington. Orpingtons tend to be docile which is why he’s a lover, not a fighter. He was happy to find himselfContinue reading “Big Daddy goes to Big Branch”