So I was talking to Rachel on the phone the other night and she said that I should post things here more regularly and I said that I try to do something every day but some days there just isn't anything worth posting. For example, that day the main highlight of my day was that I had gone to the local agricultural merchant to buy some growers' pellets for the chicks and I didn't think that was noteworthy enough to write about here. Rachel however disagreed on the grounds that it is sufficiently different from most people's shopping expeditions. So I now bring you a primer on chicken feed (with some VERY exciting photos...)
These are layers pellets. This is what you feed to laying hens (and I suppose the cockerel eats them as well.) They are supposed to help the hens to lay more.
These are chick crumbs. This is what you feed to baby chicks, and the broody hen eats them as well.
And these are the growers pellets I bought on Monday -- they look exactly like the layers pellets except they come in a bag marked "growers pellets". They are for the chicks from about six weeks onwards. If they turn out to be cockerels, they will eat these until we eat them. If they are pullets (baby hens), they will eat growers pellets until about 18 weeks and then they will begin to eat layers pellets in preparation for laying.
Gratutitous chick photo. I know that the whole point of this is that they grow up to look like grown-up chickens, but it never fails to amaze me how it is just this little miniature copy of its mommy! :)
I thinned the raised beds last weekend and these are some of the carrots and spring onions (scallions) that I thinned. Unfortunately I failed to put anything in this photo to give you a sense of scale, but let's just say that after I'd trimmed them, I had about two spoonfuls worth of salad!
Hens only laid one egg yesterday, so I was going to have a very small breakfast, but there was another egg waiting for me when I went out this morning -- although rather misshapen. Of course, now I am worried that this will be today's only egg and I won't have any breakfast tomorrow... :(
It rained most of yesterday and most of last night and is supposed to continue raining most of today. This is ordinarily a little stream -- the cats perch on the rock in the middle (now covered by water) and drink...
Not only do we have baby chicks, we also have baby spider plants! There are 33 baby spider plants, and the five pots at the front right that look empty have basil seeds in. Anybody want a spider plant? What do we do with them all???