The Duck Chronicles Episode Twenty Six – The Weeds and Pest Fix

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Today on The Duck Chronicles Episode Twenty Six – The Weeds and Pest Fix we start with a weight gain report.  I weighed a few of the girls and got an average of 26.9 ounces or right at 1.7 pounds.

So just over a half a pound gained in the last 6 days when they weighed in at 1.14 pounds on the 14th.

Keep in mind that 23 days ago they weighed about 1.8 ounces each!  That means in 23 days they grew 13 fold their original size.  My hope is to get them to about 2.5 pounds before full flock integration.  Keep in mind the adult weight of this breed averages slightly less than 5 pounds.

Also our little limping gal has been placed in a chicken tractor to rest along with 3 sisters to keep her clam.

Mostly today I cover the topic of weed and pest control and browse utilization in a permaculture system using paddock shift grazing.

3 Responses to The Duck Chronicles Episode Twenty Six – The Weeds and Pest Fix

  1. Could you ask Ben Falk if he has any comments on animals in the unusually cold weather the north east has been having this year? When I watch the news I wonder how the animals are doing and what I would do if that kind of winter happened to me. Thank you.

  2. Jack,
    Another wonderful episode…I look forward to this daily story!

  3. Patricia,
    i only have a small flock of chickens, but they are doing fine in New Hampshire, where we have had about 8 feet of snow and double digit negative temps. As long as the hens can have a place that is dry, draft free, and with fresh (not frozen) water, they will be ok. Chickens with larger combs might get frostbite on the tips, and larger breeds do better, but mine are doing great. i make sure they have a full crop before bedtime, and a heated water dish keeps their water from freezing. They do not lime walking on snow, so I dig out their run and throw straw down for them, and use deep bedding inside the coop.