@spacemart I do. I hate summer, and I find long days stressful. Shorter days are cozy. Plus they mean that my neighbors, who are out of their houses playing in the street with their little rugrats all summer, finally go back inside.
@Tadlem43 I worked some sort of night shift for 2006-2013. College stuff then several years of a 8-5 with on call and then 10 hour Fri/Sat/Sun night shifts on a second job. I still haven’t been able to reset.
I try but bad habits lol. Well also still on call on this job but. I really should learn how to sleep.
@Kyeh@unksol@tinamarie1974 Anybody remember this one? Kyeh’s comment about the outfits & dancing in the previous video made me think of this. Tina, I wonder if your niece might get a kick out of it, it’s certainly “unique”!
@Kyeh@unksol Dead leaves from all the trees (and there are a lot of them!) are a source of carbon to balance the nitrogen-rich chicken coop material in the compost pile. I rake them onto a tarp then drag it to the pile and dump. Lather, rinse, repeat…
I rake them onto a tarp then drag it to the pile and dump
That’s exactly what I do, only I don’t have chickens to contribute the extra nutrients, but I have a compost pile.
Fires around here are a very bad idea! Some people still burn brush up in the foothills but they really shouldn’t.
@Kyeh@unksol The wild forest adjacent to the north side of our lawn is mostly big leaf maples - when they shed, you cannot see the grass. The rest has various fruit trees and specimen trees that we have planted and are not so bad.
The 3 most recent hens are Rhode Island Reds that we got last spring. The rest are a mixed crowd - a couple of banties, a couple of Wyandottes, and various others (the clucks are mostly my wife’s thing). I think the current beak count is around 16-18, give or take.
@Kyeh@unksol Similar here re: burning. I have a couple of slash piles where we accumulate prunings from the fruit trees and other (non-compostable) yard debris. I only burn in the spring and/or fall (when permitted) and things are wet and green enough to avoid it getting out of control.
@macromeh@unksol I think I might be kind of allergic to smoke so I’ve never enjoyed campfires or fireplaces as much as other people; my eyes get dry and so on. But I don’t rake very thoroughly either; I leave the leaves under the shrubs and plum trees to compost themselves.
One of the reasons I keep a rider instead of a zero-turn is to be able to bag my grass/leaves and occasional small critter too slow to get out of the way… (oh calm down… that was a joke).
The clippings go in the chicken run with the chickens, the kitchen scraps go in the chicken run with the chickens, paper from the shredders goes in the chicken run with … you get the idea. Chickens scratch all that stuff together, crap indiscriminately in the mix (plus I use it as bedding in the coop which get raked into… you guessed it … the chicken run.) A couple of times a year I go in the run with a tiller while the chickens are out in the yard or locked in the coop. Once it is all tilled in, I use a wheelbarrow or dump cart attached to the mower to move it to my garden areas. Win-Win-Win.
Coyotes can be quite brazen to get a tasty chicken meal (even in broad daylight).
Why did the chicken cross the road? I don’t know why, but they seem to be compelled to do it. And often end up as feather-topped road pizza.
You have to watch for broody hens hiding their eggs in the brush (and then not returning to the coop at night so - easy targets for predators).
Our idiot clucks seem to find the driveway and sidewalks to be the prime place to shit. I’ve actually observed them walking across the grass to pavement, dropping a load, and then returning to the grass.
There are others, but you get the idea. It’s basically Murphy’s Law, Poultry Edition.
@chienfou@Kyeh@macromeh if I get around to it. No coyotes up here.
The hen house would be back in the field so. Hopefully they wouldn’t wander way up the hill to the house/road.
Hopefully a rooster might help keep an eye out for hawks/cats/foxes
But yeah I’ve spent some time on backyardchickens and I think the fox and kits I saw a few years ago were cute so… If I get to it I won’t be surprised if a few disappear. Considered some paddocks but only the coop could really be overnight predator proof.