Garden in a box

Cait went to the greenhouse this morning to start the onion seeds that we had on hand and returned with a garden in a box.

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The Onions are in the House

Cait planted the first onions in the greenhouse today.  We had some of our new favorite red onion, Caberet, left from last year, fotunatly.  By the time we got to putting in our seed order this year the Caberet was all gone.      

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The Chicks are Growing

All the girls are doing well.  Wing feathers are coming out.  The thermostat is working great day and night and its nice to see the chicks resting during the dark period.  Pasty butt seems to be gone.

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Return of the Night

Our new ceramic bulb heaters and thermostat arrived today.  I replaced the four 250 Watt clear heat lamps for four 250 watt Exo-Terra  heaters and a Zilla 1000 Watt temperature controller.  Two of the heaters are on continuously and two are on the controller.  The dial on the controller has a temperature range from 70º […]

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Pasty Butt

I noticed some pasty butt four days ago.  We started to remove their feed at night.  I think that is helping, but the problem needed more attention.  Today was the day.  We started by separating the problem chicks.  In the picture above, the group on the bottom are the problem chicks and the ones on […]

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New Brooder Completed Just in Time

Here’s the newly constructed brooder!  I built the frame with 1 3/8 in. chain link top rail pipe and slip fittings from Colorado Metal Worx.  They are the local company who manufactures the pipe benders and fittings that we used to construct our mobile pasture pens.  The exterior covering is an aluminum/plastic heavy duty bubble […]

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Moving Laying Hens

We moved our 16 old layers to the brooder today to make room for the new layer chicks that are planned to arrive on the 10th of February. And what do we get for the effort of making a nice cozy clean room, with a natural roost, And free acess to a yard full of […]

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