Monday, July 26, 2010
We ended up with two hens and five roosters after the snakes had their way with the Serama Mini Chickens. I don't know why they could not have eaten more of the roosters so now we are upside down on them. The bad part is now we have to order more eggs and go through the whole hatching process again.
While we are at it, we might as well go ahead and get some day old layer chicks. I know I sold off all the layers a couple of months ago so I did not have to summer them, but now is the time to be buying day old chicks. By March they will be laying and everyone wants a couple of laying hens for their backyard in the spring. The only way to loose money on them is if they die.
After work today I propped up the rain water tanks so I could get to the hatch and wash them out. I was a little worried about this one getting clean. The last thing I need is some chemical either sterilizing the soil or burning my skin off. The ole boy who gave them to me told me today that his buddy sells a lot of these same tanks to people for the use as I am going to do with them. He said the stuff that was in it is a water base and power washes out easy. He was right. After I washed it out, the smell was gone and the drain water was running clear. I put some of the water on my arms and nothing no burning. Now I have to wait and see if the grass dies where it drained out.
This little monster is something else. I almost feel like I am right in the middle of my own seven plaques. First it flooded, then the summer drought came, then the snakes and now the grass hoppers.
These suckers are not small either. I was walking to the barn to get the drill and with every step, hundreds flew up in front of me. I had one hit right between the eyes and it almost took me out. I'm not lying when I tell you I let the chickens out in the yard tonight to try and thin the population down a little and those grasshoppers kicked those chickens butt and ran those hens right back into their pen.