Thursday, May 21, 2015

Cold Fronts & A Dead Chick

So a cold front came through this week, and it had me lighting a fire in the woodstove last night - a seasonal record! Frost warnings littered the weather reports and all after the kailyard, kitchen garden, and little chicks had been growing strong for weeks. Last week days hit nearly 90 degrees and people were tubing down the Battenkill. I wore a hoodie all day yesterday and was torn on wether or not to install heat lamps in the chicken tractors.

I didn't use the heat lamps and they were fine. I did find one dead chick this morning out of the 80 or so chicks in the tractors but I am pretty sure it was the one who seemed to have a broken or non-working leg the night before. In the morning he was gone but the other birds (who are almost all feathered out now) were bright and bushy tailed. They had blankets and tarps over the tractors and insulating hay to sleep on. No one was wet or dew-damp and it was so encouraging to know a chilly night wouldn't bring them low.


Blogger Nushi said...

It's still chilly here (I mean... it snowed all day on Monday!) I woke up to a chicken / chick huddle pile on Wednesday! (hard to tell but there ARE two chicks and two hens in one nesting box!)

May 21, 2015 at 5:41 PM  
Blogger aart said...

Dew-Damp.....I love that term.
Heavy dew here this morning, we have dew-damp, dew-wet, dew-soaked, so heavy we have dew-drips off the roofs.

May 22, 2015 at 7:57 AM  

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