Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Chicks Getting Out..
The babies are almost 4 weeks old; their feathers have them pretty well covered, they are healthy, they have attitude, and their clover is out in the yard waiting for them.
Most of them caught on to the idea of moving to keep in the shade as the Sun moves through the sky. I put up a shade tarp but the wind flaps it. So they prefer the shade of the coop or the green wind fence. I can put up more green fences so the grass is shaded too. The last two days the Sun has been powerful.
Today I must have gone over to the coop 8 times to check on how they were doing, or putter with something, or stay around when I saw the hawks circling. That wouldn't be a big deal except that I am wearing a 'Star Wars Boot' to rest my left ankle. I did something to my tendon and 'positive thinking' wasn't getting it healed. Anyway I sort of have to hop like a cowboy... Or I ride around on my little mower tractor. It is sort of like a green mobile chair for off-road.
The ground is really dry out here. We were between the clouds on the last round of thunder storms. I picked some zucchini and tomatoes. The plants seem like they are just 'holding,' waiting for more rain. It has been like that a lot this summer. I do some watering but it is just not enough. I am bringing in the onions and some of the potatoes that have vines that have dried up. We got good sweet corn but the stalks were like little mutants. But they put out really nice cobs. Nature is funny sometimes-- how did they get the signal to make cobs when they weren't 3 feet tall?