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Highly Effective

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I’m very impressed with the effort put forth by our three surviving chickens to hunt and peck all day long in an ever-expanding range away from their coop and beloved tree perch. It has me believing a full flock of the nine we once had would have been a highly effective insect control method.

Our two Plymouth Rocks and one Buff Orpington surprised me last night by showing up out of nowhere to hang out around me while I moved some hay from the shed to the barn. They subtly tagged along toward where I moved when I cleaned up manure in the paddock, and then followed me to the compost area.

All the while they keep scratching away and gobbling everything they uncover. Nonstop machines, they are.

Luckily, they followed me down to the chicken coop when I took some measurements for modifications. It was easy to get them inside for another day of re-training to their proper night perch. I’m feeling a new inspiration to find a way to accommodate the addition of new birds.

The hay I was moving is the most recent we purchased. By all our still rather novice understandings, this batch seems to be top notch. The horses will be the ultimate judges.

We have purchased old hay from this supplier before, which the horses took to without hesitation, so we are optimistic the fresh bales should be well received.

They look good, smell good, and have the right percentage of moisture. With the addition of new doors on the shed, we can now store the bales out of the bleaching rays of constant sunlight, so were are feeling a bit more at ease over keeping our horses properly fed for the coming season.

Just in time to allow us to put attention to getting more chickens and figuring out how to manage all the details of coping with the challenges of caring for them over winter.

What could possibly go wrong there?














Written by johnwhays

July 12, 2017 at 6:00 am

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  1. Hey John: I’m getting some wild copy when I come to your site — something about a campaign for Net Neutrality. If I just load the address, it pops up. If I get to the calendar and select today’s date, things read correctly. I don’t know if this is a WordPress thing or some bug. Anyone else seeing it?



    July 12, 2017 at 10:30 am

    • Thanks. It’s a 1-day protest raising awareness to ongoing threats to the net neutrality. See:
      I chose to “opt in” with WordPress for the day.


      July 12, 2017 at 10:38 am

      • OK, I thought it might be something like that. My biggest concern is that there does not seem to be an easy way to move beyond the messaging — except by using the calendar to navigate down into the site. Pain in the butt, but can live with it for one day.


        July 12, 2017 at 11:58 am

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