HAPPY FEBRUARY TO YOU ALL
Totally illogical, but when February gets here, I feel like spring has arrived.
So I’m smiling as I type this.
Happy Spring to you all!
A little self-deception can do wonders for the winter blues. LOL
BUSY TIMES HERE
Bev got the job she wanted, Director of the Tumwater Farmers Market. This is a great job for her, right in her wheelhouse, doing something she loves doing, making contacts in the urban farming community, and spreading the word about the advantages of urban farming. She is seriously pumped, and I am seriously happy for her. Of course I’ll be helping her, doing the blogging for her, helping her with pamphlets and brochures, spreading the word about this movement we both believe in.
So congratulations, Bev!
CHICKS TO PULLETS
We struck up a deal with the Eastside Urban Farm & Garden Center here in Olympia. We are buying forty chicks (at $3 each) and raising them until they are pullets (about four months old), and then we will sell them to customers for about $25 each. That adds up to a tidy little profit.
I built a brooder in the garage where we will raise the chicks for the first month. After that we’ll move them out into one of the aviaries in the backyard for a month, and then out to our son’s farm for the final two months until we sell them.
Having all those chickens means feeding them, of course, and I’m all for cutting down on that expense, so I’m raising mealworms. Very easy to do, for those of you willing to try something new. Get yourself a ten-gallon plastic container and fill the bottom with three inches of wheat bran. Order 1000 mealworms and put them into the container. Add a couple potato slices for moisture, and then leave them alone.
Make sure you cut a hole in the lid of the container for fresh air, and cover that hole with some sort of mesh or screen. It takes about a month for the mealworms to breed, lay eggs, go through the larva stage, and give birth to new mealworms. Then they turn into beetles. You then have a constant supply of mealworms and beetles for your chickens to eat.
It’s so easy even I can do it.
Bev was energetic a couple weeks ago, and went outside and did some pruning/trimming. She then put the pruned limbs on our brush pile in the backyard.
Yes, we have a brush pile in our backyard, and we have no intention of hauling it away to the dump.
Brush piles make great habitats for little critters and birds, and we are all about providing natural habitats for the critters and birds. As an added bonus, our chickens like to hang out near the pile, where they are constantly treated to worms and bugs.
It’s a win-win situation for all concerned, except, of course, for the worms and bugs. J
TIME TO GET BACK TO WORK
Have a great week and enjoy the springtime in February!