Early Spring Sunrise Snow on the Silo

Thursday, March 7, 2013


Nothing says spring like hatching chicks. 
Boogie has Easter photos at Precious Moments Photography
tomorrow and we bring Tanya bunnies, chicks and ducklings to use as props during her Easter special. 
I ordered some chicks and ducks from McMurray hatchery as a back up (all arriving healthy and doing great!) and put two dozen of my own hens eggs in the incubator. 
Despite the cold temps twenty one days ago when i collected the eggs, it appears nearly all will hatch! 

Here they are just hatching, still in the incubator.

And the first batch hatched and under heat lamps.
They will be available for sale next week.

Here are the McMurray chicks thriving after 4 days in the mail.
Can you tell me why on earth they would ship them on Friday?

 And the ducklings, which only took two days to arrive from California. Ironically one of them died in transit.
I'm going to sell most of these, so let me know if you are interested.

 I do have some early seedlings up and going. They are destined for the cold frame. These are Chard and I'm trying a new technique using toilet paper tubes as containers.  I think they might work best for tomatoes, which I am just beginning to sow now.
 Some broccoli started in standard peat pellets.
Hoping that the warmer temps this weekend will actually allow me to get peas and potatoes planted around the 17th of the month and perhaps I can get these seedling out in the cold frame as well.
I don't think we will see the unseasonably warm temperatures we did last year so maybe my fruit trees will actually produce this season.