Chicken Run…

Apr 4, 2009

I forgot to post a picture of our first this point we're getting about one a day. So there is either only one hen laying right now, or they're taking turns in the "good spot", lol.


As they ventured into new parts of the yard, they discovered the leftover pile of decomposed granite. It's some good grit. But these gals have yet to let me touch them or pick them up. They are just not havin' any of it. Of course the 2-year old neighbor comes over and they her reach right down and grab them! It is cute to watch. Now all she wants to do is torture her parents to bring her over to see the chickens. I have no idea how I'm going to catch them in order to bring them back to the breeder in a couple of weeks when I switch out for the breeds I'm waiting on. THAT should be video worthy...

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C Rhoades
Apr 04, 2009
2:28 pm

Congratulations on the chickens. Because I am nosy I can not help but notice the black bags behind the chickens. Are you growing potatoes in them if so can you offer any advice to a first time bag potato grower.

Heather L.
Apr 04, 2009
5:46 pm

Yeah,  an egg. That is so cool. I ordered 30 day old chicks yesterday. Hard to get chickens this year, apparently every one and their dog has the same idea. I was lucky to get most of the breeds I wanted.

Leslie Halleck
Apr 04, 2009
5:55 pm

Heather - right now, I have loaner leghorns…in a couple of weeks I’ll be going to pick up some juveniles of Ameraucanas and two Polish hens. They should be super cute. I’ll post photos as soon as they arrive.

Leslie Halleck
Apr 04, 2009
5:57 pm

C. - yes, those are potato bags! Are you a first time all around potato grower? Or just new to the bags? Fill them only about 1/3 of the way with a light mixture of high quality topsoil and compost. Make sure to dust your seed potatoes with dusting sulfur. Plant the seed potatoes only a couple of inches below surface of the mix. As they grow, backfill around the stems with a mixture of soil and pinestraw, but not straight soil. You need it to be loose around the stems. Then let the stems grow another 8 inches or so and do the same. Continue this until you’ve reached the top of the bag. By then, potatoes should start flowering and making baby potatoes…post your progress, I’ll check in!

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