It’s always a bit of a gamble, spring chicks going out onto pasture in early April. We’re several days ahead of the usual date to get them out, but this weeks calls for mostly sunny and warm days so we’re taking the risk. We can feel the birds are ready to move out of the brooder at about 2 weeks old and when the weather cooperates we love it. We’ve been hardening them off to cooler temperatures day by day inside the brooder. This will make the shock of being outdoors somewhat easier for them to endure.
They change instantly once they get outdoors. They perk up, gain immediate interest in everything, snatch the first visible bug, scratch around, and after all the excitement, a peaceful nature washes over them like they are home! The sunshine must feel good! It’a natural disinfectant and tonic to poultry They love to sunbathe. Michael and I made certain we gave them a smooth transition. We have 500 more arriving on April 5th Thursday. Hold on! The season has begun!
Polyface chicken tractors are perfect in their own way. But I’m must admit I’m very curious about tractors for our garden. Tractors that (I) can move! Something light and easy for just a few chickens or ducks to fertilize our garden. There are endless designs out there. I’m looking for something possibly with wheels but safe enough to keep predators at bay. It’s exciting to consider all the options as I browse through books.
Right now in the garden we are seeing signs of fava beans, onions, potatoes, peas, spinach, asparagus, and sunflowers, strawberries, and worms! We’re look forward to this season’s harvest.