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Chick Magnet (March 3 Garden Project)

April 19, 2010

There was some gardening going on yesterday, but you wouldn’t know it by my photos!  Laurel got our potatoes planted — eight different varieties!  We removed three evergreens that were in the way of our food.  Earlier this week we scored three blueberry bushes and we needed a place to plant them, so out go the evergreens and in come blueberries and also some grapes that we’ll train up the lattice on the chicken pen.  Speaking of lattice, I also put up twenty running feet of lattice on our north fence to give our peas and beans something to cling to.  Thing of beauty, but not exactly photo worthy.  The camera came out today for chickens, natch.

The chicks are growing extremely rapidly, despite all the abuse they take from the elder hens.  Here’s a stunning profile that makes you think you’re raising a raptor, not a chicken:

Of course, that poor little chick is no match for this biddy.  Holy cow, can she be mean!  Seems to me like there are plenty of worms and Publican leftovers to go around, so I don’t know what the fuss is about.

I was nestled into a corner trying to take pictures when suddenly I became the center of attention.  All the chicks hustled over and climbed all over me — Ellen joked that I looked like the old guy in the park covered with pigeons!  I had to give the camera to Ellen and she did a great job capturing my little moment, don’t you think?  It’s kind of sweet to think they cared, but I’m sure I was just an exciting new perch!

photos by Ellen Malloy

The rhythm that seems to develop is that we work all day and then turn on the hose in the late afternoon sun and water our garden.  I love watering about as much as I like watching the light hit the water when someone else does it.

And believe it or not, with all this great stuff in the ground, we are still planting in the greenhouse for the next round.  Here’s a corn sprout peeking out of the soil:

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Melanie permalink
    April 19, 2010 8:02 pm

    Holy cow! Those chicks are HUGE!!!! Were they heavy much??

    Can they fly, too?? In one of the pictures, it looks like two were flying a little! Is that true??


  2. May 9, 2010 4:26 pm

    Can they fly, too?? In one of the pictures, it looks like two were flying a little! Is that true??

    • May 9, 2010 5:00 pm

      Michael: Yes, chickens can fly short distances. It’s more of a chaotic fluttering of wings and crashing around that is a cross between flying and leaping into the air…the word “flying” implies graceful movement, but they do get airborne!


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