Putting a damper on things

This post is in honor of Howling Duck Ranch’s new friend Mitch, who is presently amidst the worst fires in Australian history!

You’ve been asking how the chickens are doing. You’ll be happy to hear that they are all doing fine! They are especially happy today now that the cold weather has broken finally and they are presently grubbing around the yard in search of tasty morsels. Some of them spent time laying in the sun today, the first we’ve had in ages. While I was taking a break from writing today and enjoying a warm lunch of vegetarian pasta, I looked out the window and spotted Pavarotti being groomed by one of his favourite gals and I thought, “Gee, Mitch would like to see this.” Unfortunately, by the time I got the camera ready, they’d completed the task of sorting out his plumage and were back lounging in the sun. Nonetheless, here is a photo for you; I hope it will help dampen the fires and clear away some smoke so you folks can breathe easier this weekend!

This is the rain we experienced last November-December 2008.

This is the rain we experienced last November-December 2008.

Chickens inside on a rainy day.

Chickens inside on a rainy day.Notice the blue tarp which I roll down over the roosts at night.

You will note that I’ve taken out the chicken roosts on the left hand side. I’m experimenting with one of Joel Salatin’s ideas of using deep bed litter and saving myself a lot of time in mucking out their house! So far, it is working really well. If you want to learn more, read Pasture Raised Poultry, by Joel Salatin at Polyface farms. Link to his website is in the blogroll, or click here to go directly to his list of publications.

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2 responses to “Putting a damper on things

  1. Mitch

    Ohh thank-you so much on the chickens post, thank-you thank-you. I would have loved to have seen Pavarotti grooming one of the hens, but thanks for mentioning it.

    And yes i would love that weather. Here these fires are just so horrible, the smoke cleared a little today but the fires are still burning on.

    You know i would love to come and visit your farm, I really would. But one day if I could get the money together I would love to come visit.

    One day maybe.
    Anyway Thanks for the post again.
    From Mitch

  2. The fires are indeed awful. The smoke haze has been covering the city for days now. I ventured up to my Dad’s house on Saturday for some family time and could not believe his house still stands. The devastation is unimaginable.
    Interesting to hear how well the deep bed litter is working for you. Joel Salatin’s methods are so fascinating.

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