Daniel and Amanda’s Weblog

January 7, 2010

Chicks and greens are growing

Filed under: creation care,Gardening/Farming — theburts @ 8:38 am

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!



  1. We bought an extra chicken waterer thingy, and keep one inside. So at each feeding time (or even more often when it’s freezing quickly) we just change out the defrosted one for the frozen, and let it defrost inside. Works for us… because, like Amanda, I don’t enjoy frozen fingers and aching ears.

    Comment by Jeanette — January 7, 2010 @ 9:16 am | Reply

  2. Ah, good idea, they’re not that expensive. We’re doing something similar since I bring the chicken waterer thingy (thanks, I couldn’t remember exactly what it was called) inside at night…only we don’t replace it, our chickens just don’t get water during the night. It’s like daily punishment for not laying more than one egg a day each. :P

    Comment by theburts — January 7, 2010 @ 9:26 am | Reply

  3. That…would be… Nightly punishment. Or nightly punishment thingy.

    Comment by Jeanette — January 7, 2010 @ 7:36 pm | Reply

  4. Hi Daniel and Amanda,

    What’s the best way to contact you? I’m a Christ-follower in Nashville… seeking intentional Christian community with those who serve the urban poor.

    When you were picking up compost at F. Scott’s, I met you and you gave me your e-mail. I have no idea where it is!


    Comment by Benjamin Surmi — February 1, 2010 @ 11:28 pm | Reply

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