Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest
Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest
Feather loss and missing feathers happens within every flock at one point or another. Suddenly, one day you happen to notice that one or more of your chickens are missing some feathers. Missing feathers should always cause you to do a bit of detective work. There are reasons for missing feathers. Some reasons are obvious, while others require you search a little deeper into the underlying cause of the missing feathers.
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Barbacoa Beef is one of my all time favorite meats to put in tacos and serve on nachos. It takes a bit of cooking in the slow cooker but the end results will provide your family of 4 with two dinners. You might even try serving this on New Year’s or on game night creating a make your own taco/nacho bar. It is great fun!
|Two fluffy butts free-ranging in the woods.|
Other than a good dust bath, there is no other place that a chicken would rather be than free-ranging about their environment. Chickens love to scratch in the dirt. They love to discover bugs, worms and tasty grubs as they explore their surroundings. However, most folks never free-range due to the risk of predators. Those that allow their chickens to roam freely on their property accept and understand the risk of losing members of their flock from time to time. This was not an option for me nor was it a risk that I felt comfortable with. One of the best solutions that I came up with three years ago was supervised free ranging. Supervised free-ranging allows your flock to be out and about in the yard as your presence keeps predators away.
Sometimes people overlook that garlic is just as easy to plant as flowering bulbs. It is also planted at the same time. This morning, I got busy planting bulbs. I planted Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinths and garlic all with a new handy tool that made bulb planting more enjoyable. It took me about half of the time using the dibble verses a small garden trowel. The old saying is true-Having the right tools for the job, make for smoother sailing.
This is my latest tool called a garden dibble. Okay, I am in love here folks with this simple, elegant sleek bulb planting tool. This is a large. They come in small and medium too and are handcrafted by Bepa’s Garden in Connecticut.
Be sure to place your bulbs in the hole with the flatter roots side down and pointy side up pointing up to the sky. If they are placed in upside down, they will not grow. Cover with soil and continue on with the next bulb. I like to plant a bunch of bulbs very close to each other. This puts on a better show in the spring as clusters of bulbs make more of a visual impact. Next it was time to plant garlic.
Using the dibble I made holes and popped a garlic clove into each hole and then covered each one with soil. Garlic is harvested in the spring, after their blooms die off. I hope you will try to plant some bulbs this year. They are such a welcome sight in the spring.