Thursday July 12, 2018 Guerneville CA.
Getting the shopping done
I needed to go shopping for my upcoming trip to the desert so today was the day.
I drove over to the big city, Santa Rosa and went to Costco and bought a bunch of stuff. Mostly a lot different nuts, dates and some cheese I hope is corn free. I did buy a case of canned string beans that I know to be corn free and a big bag of potatoes that should last the whole trip.
Checking for chicks
I went to a place called Western Farm to see what they had in chicks and feed as I might want to get some more chicks, but I was only looking for now. they did have some chicks so maybe when I get back from my trip I might get some more if they still have any as they stop carrying them after spring time.
On the way home I stopped to visit John S. for a an hour or so. He was just recovering from a detached retina in his eye. We shot the bull and then I went on home. I was tired out so a nap was in order before unloading the car.
Then I did get the stuff out of my car and some of it into the van.
Checking on the chicks
Not using my new feeder
I put out some fresh feed and they didn’t waste any time getting into it. Notice my new pipe feeder I made is not being used yet. I did see a bird take a seed from it, but they haven’t figured it out yet.
Planting more seed in the grower panel
The chickens were grazing on my grower panel but I wanted to plant some more seed under it, so I kicked them out. I mixed alfalfa seed and flax seed and clover in with some redwood mulch so I could spread it out and just tossed it on the panel mostly in the barer spots and turned the water on it.
Grit for the peeps
I was wondering if the chicks wanted any grit as I’ve read that giving them grit can extend the feed up to twenty percent as it helps them digest whole seeds.
I put some of the hard rock they drilled from my no good well as a lot of it seemed to be around the right size.
I was surprised how fast they took to it and started eating it so it must be good stuff. I have 11 thousand dollars of this stuff which is the only thing I got from that well, no water. I think I have about a cubic yard of the stuff so it should last for a long time.
The new feeder
To entice the chicks to use the new feeder I dumped what I had in it and put some of the best stuff in it and decided to set it on the ground for now. Still no takers yet, but I just put it there so we’ll see what happens.
I did some more prepping of my van checking the storage areas for food and adding some and taking some old stuff away and before I knew it it was getting dark.
That was my day and I was glad to get the shopping done.