Things have gotten so busy here at the Old Emery Farm that Ron and I are having trouble keeping up. Bleary-eyed we look at each other over coffee every morning and ask. “When does the farrier come?” or “How old are the chicks and when do we switch to the layer pellets?” So we decided that we needed to document things to have a record of what has been done and what still needs doing. We have started a blog and for those of you who are emailing or calling and asking “How’s it going” and “What’s new?” – here’s the answer. Old Emery Farm
A friend from my permaculture book group asked me to send some pictures of my Poopless Chicken Waterers and it occurred to me that some others might not have seen this wonderful invention.
I first heard about it from Anna Hess at Walden Effect and I bought my nipples from her. I’ve noticed that she now also sells kits for anyone looking for a simple solution. I would highly recommend supporting another permie and buying your nipples/kits from her since this is how she makes her living.
My chicks were very quick to learn to drink from the waterer. The older girls were a little slower but once one of them got the hang of it the others quickly followed her lead.
I have a second waterer in the outside run and a third heated waterer that I use in the winter. The winter waterer is a 5 gallon bucket inside a second bucket. The inside bucket is wrapped with heat tape to keep the water from freezing. I also have a roll of insulation to wrap around the whole shebang for those really cold nights. I am not terribly handy but Anna’s web site walked me through the building of the heated waterer step-by-step.
6 one month old layers moved from their brooder into the Egg Plant in the barn today and were delighted to have lots more room to roam and inspect. Does anyone have any tips on taking pictures of chickens? They move so quickly that most of my chicken pictures look like this…..
I checked the weather before bed and was comforted to see that my seedlings would be fine outside overnight with temps in the 40s. It’s been raining for a week and I was awoken by the silence at midnight. Ah, the rain had finally stopped but the skylight was covered with SNOW! Clad in my robe and Wellies I moved all the seedlings into the garage and was surprised to find them alive in the morning.