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by dirtmurphy
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Daily Steps
Topic: Chicken Poultry Husbandry
Replies: 37
Views: 1362

Re: Chicken Poultry Husbandry

It takes a while to learn chickenspeak. They're actually complex little creatures. If you have the opportunity, I suggest that you check out Patricia Foreman's work. She has authored and co-authored several books. She's also one of Joel Salatin's friends. I take her classes and workshops whenever I ...
by dirtmurphy
Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Daily Steps
Topic: Chicken Poultry Husbandry
Replies: 37
Views: 1362

Re: Chicken Poultry Husbandry

You aren't messing anything up by checking on them. The brooder is too cold both day and night. You should run the heater all the time and maybe put that electric blanket you were talking about under their newspapers. Keep an eye on the brooder thermometer. In the mornings they come peeping and runn...
by dirtmurphy
Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Daily Steps
Topic: Chicken Poultry Husbandry
Replies: 37
Views: 1362

Re: Chicken Poultry Husbandry

Have you checked for drafts coming in at brooder height? Also, do you have a thermometer that you could put in the brooder to see just how high the heat needs to be? Are the chicks really loud? Do they cluster a lot?
by dirtmurphy
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Grow Grow Grow
Topic: How does your garden grow?
Replies: 43
Views: 1853

Re: How does your garden grow?

I like to sprinkle straw thinly on top of the carrot bed as soon as I sow the seeds. The seedlings will grow up through the thin layer easily. I mostly grow carrots in containers although today I direct-seeded a carrot, arugula, lettuce mixture in my stropharia bed. I have to say that I'm really imp...
by dirtmurphy
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Daily Steps
Topic: Chicken Poultry Husbandry
Replies: 37
Views: 1362

Re: Chicken Poultry Husbandry

This is what I use https://www.premier1supplies.com/p/heating-plates-and-covers?criteria=hover+brooder Do you have a brooder blanket? It's just a blanket covering 3/4 of the brooder top that traps most heat but also allows some to escape. They make a big difference. I suppose you could use an electr...
by dirtmurphy
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Daily Steps
Topic: Chicken Poultry Husbandry
Replies: 37
Views: 1362

Re: Chicken Poultry Husbandry

If you're going to incubate chicks again next year, you should look into hover brooders. They're better than lights for a couple of reasons. For one thing, they mimic the mother. The chicks crawl under them to get warm and also have plenty of freedom to get away from them when they want. It gives a ...
by dirtmurphy
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Daily Steps
Topic: What did you do to prepare today?
Replies: 583
Views: 33975

Re: What did you do to prepare today?

I foraged black polypore today. It's in the dehydrator now. Over the past couple of days I've planted the last of the rattlesnake beans and bought seeds for the fall garden. I'll plant cabbages and brussel sprouts as soon as the seed starting medium soaks up enough water. I've also been shredding ne...
by dirtmurphy
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Daily Steps
Topic: Chicken Poultry Husbandry
Replies: 37
Views: 1362

Re: Chicken Poultry Husbandry

I always set up my brooder 12-24 hrs before chicks arrive to avoid those sorts of issues. Except for the wood chip thing. That wouldn't have been on my radar :D Meanwhile, in the world of natural brooding, Princess Layer's chicks are due to pip out today. They'll go to the barn in a couple of nights...
by dirtmurphy
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Daily Steps
Topic: What did you do to prepare today?
Replies: 583
Views: 33975

Re: What did you do to prepare today?

Today I harvested vermicompost and started planning the fall/winter garden. It will be time to start putting out fall transplants in July. I'm going with oats, garlic, onions, beets, brussel sprouts, cabbages, lettuces, and arugula for outdoor plantings. I'm reserving the greenhouse this year for ov...
by dirtmurphy
Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Grow Grow Grow
Topic: How does your garden grow?
Replies: 43
Views: 1853

Re: How does your garden grow?

We most commonly use daffodils for that around here but I imagine irises would also work. Let us know how it turns out!