Our four little chicks are doing really well! They seem to grow every day. This morning I caught them all napping together, and 3 of them were lined up with one wing over the next chick down the line. :)
The grown chickens are doing well…haven’t frozen their tails off yet. They have a very sympathetic mother who will often tell you she hates the winter, so they get their coop covered at night and just recently got the light bulb turned back on for some extra overnight heat. Spoiled chickens.
It’s definitely a little more time consuming to care for chickens in the cold winter, since you have to either bring their waterer back inside every night or go break up the ice. But it still only takes 2 minutes to water, feed, and let them out in the morning…then about 30 seconds or less in the evening.
About the greens growing, Daniel’s aquaponics system is doing really well. He harvested some arugula, rhubarb chard, kale, and two radishes last night and we all sampled them around the table. The chard was especially beautiful, with its deep green leaves with lush, red veins making it look like something that grows in the jungle! And all very yummy, except we didn’t eat the radishes…apparently, and maybe obviously, you don’t eat the root of any plant grown in aquaponics (since it’s growing in fish water). We still could have eaten the radish leaves, but instead our chickens got them.
Well, stay warm out there, and happy growing and backyard chickening, everyone!