Spring is crazy busy as always, so I haven’t had a lot of time to take photos or sit down and write stories. It’s been raining a lot too, so that doesn’t help with the photo taking. We finally got a sunny day so I could get out after work last week and snap some shots of the birds and farm dog Luke!
I’m happy to say that the new chickens are integrating with the older flock and so far it’s going well! They still stick to their own areas mostly, but interactions other than a couple squabbles have been good.
Our new cockerel (young rooster), Toni, has had a couple run-ins with some of the older hens, but he and rooster Charlie seem to be doing OK! In fact, my hubby saw Charlie break up one of those squabbles. Charlie is a peacemaker, so he just chased both birds off, he didn’t go after either one.
Since moving to the coop, we haven’t heard Toni trying to crow again. We think he might be respecting Charlie’s position, but that could change as he gets older, so fingers crossed it all continues to go well. Mostly Toni just seems to watch out for his group of girls. He seems to have the same mellow personality as his father, and he even lets us pick him up! They are allowed to free range now, but they only seem to come outside of the coop and run for short spells. I’m sure all the rainy weather was a factor in keeping them in too!
Speaking of the weather, in spite of all the rain we’ve been getting, we’re still said to be in a moderate drought in our area, which is surprising to us! At least all that rain has helped things to start turning more green.
Luke hasn’t had his daily walks as he’d like, conditions in the woods are pretty muddy! He keeps busy in his yard chasing chipmunks anyway, and it looks like we’ll have a few more dry days now, if not sunny like we’d prefer.
Now that the new flock integration is mostly complete (they still sleep in their cage but we imagine that will stop soon), we’re on to the next venture! We’ve ordered guinea fowl hatching eggs so we can expand our guinea flock, and hopefully add some different colors to that group. As soon as we receive those, they’ll go in the incubator and we’ll throw a few chicken eggs in there as well and fill it right up.
We did sadly lose a couple of our older hens over the winter, to illness. We now only have two of our original birds left! These are the things that happen, and why we keep trying to grow the flock. Egg production has been good, and our old egg customers from last fall are starting to come back to our little stand. I also have gained new customers for our eggs at my shop.
It will be interesting to see if hatch rate is better now that the weather is somewhat warmer. I say somewhat, since we’re mostly in the 50’s lately when we should probably be in the 60’s. I’ve been busy getting plants ready for the garden, early veggies are already out there. I’m also trying to pot and sell a few at my shop. It’s always a guessing game trying to figure out what will sell and what won’t, but I keep trying different things to see what works! Speaking of the shop, I thought I’d share a shot of the storefront.
I’ve been rearranging inside as well, but dressing up the front porch is my favorite part! It’s almost my one year anniversary – May 22nd is the day! We’ll be holding a giveaway for people to sign up for when they come in, and we’ll have some refreshments from a local baker to offer our customers. While business has been a bit slow since the holidays, I am still optimistic and have told my landlord I’ll be signing the lease for another year. I think with the weather turning and things starting to open up more, that we’ll have a good summer. Covid numbers are coming down in our state finally and we hope that trend continues with more people getting vaccinated. Tourism is big in our area and I’m counting on that to increase business. Spring will continue to be busy on the farm with more planting to do, but I look forward to spending more time outside when I can!