I got this mower probably a dozen years ago, and it was old then. It has served me well and even though I have a tractor I sill find I use it a lot in clearing new areas. You can see what you are doing much better and I find I don’t hit things as much. It is much more maneuverable than a tractor and what it won’t take down I consider firewood and use a chainsaw. Just feeling nostalgic today.
I try to move the areas the chickens are in at least twice a week. It is fairly easy to just move the electronet fencing in a open grassy area and the chickens will stay contained. However if there is a tree I have to take down most of the fence and then had to spend time rounding up the hens.
In a “Duh” moment I realized they follow food. So now I move the fence and coop and leave a 10′-20′ opening in the fence and then pull out the food. This shows how far the chickens are willing to follow me to get food. They will cluster around my feet so densely that I have to shuffle walk to keep from stepping on a chicken.
A “large” egg is 2 oz making a dozen 1 lb 8 oz. Our chickens turn out some really large eggs, some over 3-1/2 oz. The dozen below is 2 lb 3 oz, so the eggs average almost 3 oz, or “half again as much” as a standard large egg.
Just about every time I’m out walking around doing something I see a frog or toad ( depending on how close to the creek I am). Also several times a week I see a snake if I’m in or around taller grass. These things make me feel good that the land is supporting life, that it is healthy.
The wild grapes have ripened up quite well and I’ve been cutting off sections of vines to feed to the chickens. Even though the grapes are quite tart the chickens snap them right up. They eat the leaves as well but leave the vines.
I have some bare spots that need some ground cover, I think I’m going to try a clover mix sold for deer feed plots. It is supposed to sprout really fast and can be planted in the fall.
Even though I got them planted late, the Cocks Comb and sunflowers are doing well. The sunflowers are about 9′ tall and the Cocks Comb are starting to set flowers. I’m hoping both set seed before it gets too cold. The Cocks Comb seed is old, at least 2010 or maybe 2009 so I’m glad to see it still germinated. This seed is something my wife’s uncle saved seed from year to year for years. The family is not growing this out anymore so I’m glad to preserve this true heirloom to our family.
My mother and son planted the sunflowers so I’m not sure what kind they are, but the are TALL! At least 9′
Back in the spring when we got our chicks they were supposed to be 24 ISA Browns and 3 New Hampshire Reds. Well as they have grown we discovered that we only had one chick that was not an ISA Brown. Tractor Supply got their supplies mixed up I guess. As they have grown the NH Red is much bigger than the others and I’m starting to wonder if she is really a he. I have some RI Reds and this NH Red is still much bigger. I’ve not seen any evidence of crowing, but I’m not where the chickens are in the morning right now. Look at the pictures below and let me know. Sorry they are a bit fuzzy, they wouldn’t stand still.
I planted some seed that was more than 10 years old that my wife’s uncle gave me. They had a color I’ve never seen before, much more purple then I’ve seen before. I was afraid that the seed had lost its viability but enough came up that if they set seed before it gets too cold I will be able to harvest enough seed to plant many more next year.