Landscape & Garden Design
Re: Sufficiently sufficient.....202
Apr 25, 2012 3:59 pm
Rightio- it has been a while since I posted here! Although we have been busy with family & work, we are slowly getting things done! Summer saw good harvests of tomatoes, zucchinis, beans,garlic, raspberries, strawberries, apricots, nectarines and a few apples. We also enjoyed salads from leaves grown in the garden..
Recently I have harvested pumpkins and potatoes, plus we have pulled out the summer vegies to prepare for the autumn/winter crops. There are a few late apples nearly ready and we have sown carrots, beetroot and various greens recently....the strawberry beds have been shifted and replanted. We found that they were too far away from the house and have relocated them near the vegie garden.
We are in the process of strewing straw on all garden beds-most of which have now been marked out/constructed.
Next weekend will see us fencing off the vegie garden to allow the chooks to freerange through the orchard-organic pest control! I plan to add another 3 hens to the 9 we currently have.
I'm also posting away on my blog if anyone wants to come visit! http://sufficientlysufficient.blogspot.com.au/
Re: Sufficiently sufficient.....203
Apr 25, 2012 10:06 pm
How are going with your girls ie how many eggs do you get a day. We thought our 4 would be perfect but since then, our egg consumption has increased significantly and laying has slowed. some days we have gotten no eggs. Would like to get some more girls but that would require construction of a larger home.
Apr 25, 2012 10:09 pm
RF - don't forget chooks slow down in Winter plus when they moult. We have 12 hens and at present lucky to get 3-4 eggs a day. Basically less daylight = less eggs which is why battery hens are kept in fluoro lit sheds to fool them into laying.
Some things are worth waiting for.
Re: Sufficiently sufficient.....205
Apr 25, 2012 10:12 pm
We have 4 laying ATM...Millie is moulting, BB, Lucy, Lexie & Lucky are all still too young to be laying just yet-which is why we got them at this time of the year. Ruby, Roxy & Rusty are also moulting, but being ISA browns they will basically lay through the moult-whereas the heritage varieties cease laying during moult.
Some people suggest dry cat food to encourage laying-the hens need lots of protein to help them cope with growing the new feathers.
Apr 25, 2012 10:14 pm
Dee we feed ours tinned cat food. All the chook forums swear by sardines / pilchards for their oily goodness in assisting with protein boosts. As well as bandsaw dust from butchers when they cut the bones up - but this freaks me out slightly so we stick to the tinned cat food.
Some things are worth waiting for.
Re: Sufficiently sufficient.....208
Apr 25, 2012 10:24 pm
Our girls daily get layer pellets, green pick,scraps and a weekly mash or porridge with apple cider vinegar, garlic & yoghurt-plus the mice, snails & crickets they happily catch. I think the cat would protest if we actually started feeding t he cat food to the chooks!
Re: Sufficiently sufficient.....209
Apr 25, 2012 10:34 pm
I did forget those points, its been a while since I've had chooks. It hasn't cooled off too much here yet, but we did have a (brief) wet season so I am thinking something to do with that.
Re: Sufficiently sufficient.....210
Apr 25, 2012 10:37 pm
Autumn daylight is the trigger-so even in FNQ they would be affected wouldn't they?
You have 20 acres woman-you could have a MASSIVE chook house!
Re: Sufficiently sufficient.....211
Apr 25, 2012 10:40 pm
The $$$ its all about the $$$. We have 20ac, we could have beasts...we could have goats, steers, pigs...just need the $$$.
Re: Sufficiently sufficient.....212
Apr 25, 2012 10:43 pm
When you have the $$$$ get the beasts and a very sharp knife! Food solved-less $$$ required to feed hungry hoards and you can slaughter a beast when your prodigal "sisters" return!
Re: Sufficiently sufficient.....213
Apr 25, 2012 10:48 pm
Oh I can't wait...a whole beast and you will have to stay and help us eat it. Actually, you might remember our neighbour's cattle have access to our block. She is about to slaughter a beast. She has generally offered us half. If we pay for cut up then we can have half. Now that is a GOOD neighbour...and we won't talk about what constitutes a BAD one Now, we just have to find the $$$ to buy a freezer to keep said half beast in
Re: Sufficiently sufficient.....214
Apr 25, 2012 10:52 pm
With your brood you don't need a freezer-cook it Kiwi style and it'll be gone in a week!
Does sound like a good neighbour! Glad to know there are some around!
Re: Sufficiently sufficient.....215
Apr 25, 2012 11:01 pm
that's about right...and they eat more than when you saw them.
seems to be one bad for every good. We have one of each here and at the old house in town although the one here is perhaps not so bad.
Re: Sufficiently sufficient.....216
Apr 26, 2012 1:44 pm
Today's lunch: Homemade sourdough sandwich with poached chicken breast and homemade quarn & spicy green tomato pickles..mmmmmmmmm! Finished off with a cup of tea and homemade jamdrop bikky! Life is good..
Re: Sufficiently sufficient.....218
Apr 26, 2012 2:49 pm
Nope-they were last Saturdays effort! All eaten by Sunday night due to weekend residents!
Re: Sufficiently sufficient.....219
May 01, 2012 1:56 pm
This morning I've ordered posts, 900mm stock netting and a gate to fence the orchard in on the weekend. The aim is to keep the chooks off the vegie garden area allowing them to free range through the orchard-and also to keep the neighbour's PITA dog off our property!
Also getting 6 bales of lucerne delivered with the above order so that I can finish mulching the garden beds in the backyard.
Planting over the next few weeks will involve more roses, a couple of fruit trees, some natives and getting the vegie garden up to speed-currently carrots, beetroot and various greens are all that's in...
Re: Sufficiently sufficient.....220
May 01, 2012 1:59 pm
Sounds good Dee ... I want to put some roses in the front garden but I'm waiting till July when I can plant them bare rooted ... will your roses be in pots??
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Built the McLaren by Dechellis - slab down 22 Feb - handover 30 Aug 2011 - and gardens finished 9 Dec 2012!!
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