Armchair Urban Farming…

Nov 28, 2010

Last week we managed to get everything moved into the new house...and then I promptly had some oral surgery. Then family arrived in town for the holidays (and stepped around boxes for the last few days). Today is the first day I've had a moment to start thinking about how I'll be setting up my new home and garden (urban farm). I'm starting with a blank slate again at this new house so I have a lot of work ahead of me, but I'm looking forward to it.

On today's list of armchair gardening/farming tasks:

1. Choosing the breeds of the new baby chicks I'll be adding to the flock in spring. I think I've settled on:

1- Black Copper Maran
1- Silver Spangled Hamburg
1- White Crested Black Polish
1 - White Crested Blue Polish
1- Silver laced Wyandotte
1- Blue Cochin

Bluecochin Blue Cochin - Photo Courtesy of Backyard Chicken Forum
Can't wait!!

2. Check out beekeeping supplies. Now that my property is split into several sections and I have an additional fenced in side yard for more fruits and veggies, I'll be setting up a beehive. Also plan on attending the 2011 North American Beekeeping Conference in January.

3. Start figuring out where the raised veggie beds will go. It's not the best time of year to determine my best sun exposure in the new garden, but I will need to get the beds in the ground soon. I brought along all my cedar raised beds from the old house and I'm missing my salad garden!

4. Flipping through assorted gardening magazines. Check out the new Urban Farm Magazine...been waiting for this one! Fun read.


Ok, I guess I have to go do laundry now! Booooooo....

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What Pigs Don't Know
Nov 30, 2010
8:04 pm

Where are you getting your hens?  Can all of these breeds handle our TX heat?  We’re looking to add a few more this spring and I’m just trying to figure out what to get. -Carrie

Leslie Finical Halleck
Dec 01, 2010
12:00 pm

I get my hens from our farm partner at North Haven Gardens ( - Dan Probst. He will be up at NHG again on January 15th (weather permitting) I’m also going to get a few chicks from that he doesn’t carry. He does carry Polish, Orpington, Barred Rock, Ameraucana, Rhode Island Red, Silkies. He’s also breeding Marans. I have Polish and Ameraucana right now. Any chicken will suffer when it’s really hot. Once we hit more than 100 degrees, you have to keep an eye on all the girls, make sure they have lots of fresh water. I usually even run a fan out to the coop just to give them a bit of air circulation. When you’re over 104 for an extended period of time, any bird that’s already weak, stressed or diseased could die just from the heat stress. So all these breeds will take our just, but just realize that when temps are extreme you have to take special precautions. There are also special electrolyes I add to their water in the summer - that helps them too.

You would be good with Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rock and Orpingtons. All really good layers and tough breeds.

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