Beware the LATE FREEZE. If I had fruit trees I'd be worrying about now. I had a white peach tree once - a Polly - and it hadn't born a single peach in years. One year we had a late freeze that zapped all the flower buds on all the trees except the Polly, which was a late bloomer. As I was digging all the moth larvae out of the bark around its base, I told it I was going to cut it down if it didn't start producing peaches pretty soon. It went into shock and didn't even leaf out until June, when it at last started blooming profusely. I think I was the only one who got peaches that year. They dropped, bruised, rotted and caused a fuss everywhere on the block: I was buried in peaches - so I cut the thing down anyway. Nice to know about the tomato trick. I haven't started any veggies since I moved here as the wind has been more than I can manage. Am working on it.
I lost a Light Sussex hen to coyotes a few days ago. 'Twas the first in two years, and I chalked it up to my not letting my dog patrol the field. Last night, I locked up the coops late, and this morning I found the remains of 3 more hens. The coyotes are very active now, maybe have more mouths to feed. I have to be way more vigilant than I've been in the past.
Married at first sight?! Makes me wish I had a TV! I've been watching Colony, downloaded from Amazon. Starts out slow, kind of boring, then the betrayals get nail biting intense. It's a morbid post-apocalyptic tale I would recommend to no one. I've started noticing how many movies and videos have chickens in them. Gosh, it's amazing how I never noticed them before.
My Silkies are due to hatch at Unihill next Tuesday.. It's probably not going to be a really great hatch as it was pretty cold the week I collected the eggs. We'll see, may have some pullets next fall.
A couple of my birds have paired off, as though married for life and inseparable. They are quite the pair: a black barnyard loner hen and a big white flockless Light Sussex cock. He is such a considerate and devoted rooster and she stays with him constantly. They are fun to watch.
Just checked in the basement to see if my dog was in or out. She was out, but she'd let one of the roosters in, and there he was, sacked out on one the shelves, like that was just where he was supposed to be. Thankfully, he is one of the good guys that actually like people.
Yes, Uzi, you should enter some photos!
Yes, it would be sinful to pass on those aggressive rooster genes. Am not going to do that.