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MID-ATLANTIC WEATHER WATCH FOR OCTOBER

Fair and warm (1,2,3) with showers (4,5); fair and mild (6,7,8,9,10,11,12) with rain, heavy in the northern part of the region (13,14,15).  Fair and mild again (16,17,18,19); hurricane from Atlantic, heavy rain, severe STORMS (20,21,22) turning fair and cooler (23,24,25,26,27); more showers, STORMS mainly in the south 28,29,30); fair and cool (31). 

MONTHLY GARDEN ACTIVITIES


BEST DAYS FOR FARM ACTIVITIES 

                                                       


THOUGHT FOR TODAY'S 

LIVING  


"Before you insist on making yourself heard, make sure you have something of importance to say” 

                                                                                      John Gruber  (1768-1857) 

POULTRY NOTES

T

he planting of trees in the poultry yard is very important.  Shade is essential for good poultry raising and every poultry yard should have a shady spot where the chickens can go to get out of the glaring hot summer sun.  

Reprinted from The Almanack of 1918

It is important to keep a bottle of oil of tar on hand.  Then, when a hen’s comb gets to bleeding from some cause, if tar is poured on, is a quick remedy and keeps the others from picking at it and getting a taste of blood. 

From The Almanack of 1968

     Considering building your own chicken coop to save a little money?   Buying a prefabricated coop may be a considerable investment but keep in mind that this would secure your chickens for quite some time and ready-made coops often have better designs and be more cost-efficient. 

     A young turkey poult’s first food should be a high protein ration with around 28% protein.  There are a wide variety of turkey starter feeds or game bird feeds available. This will fuel their fast growth. 

TIPS ON RAISING GEESE

     When purchasing young geese, make sure that none of them show signs of feather-picking or ill-health. If one gosling in the batch has been pecked, don’t buy any of them.  The ones that are unpecked are the ones who did the pecking and likely to continue.

      Geese need a big bucket of clean water every day. They have to be able to immerse their heads in it.  Make sure the bucket is secure or they will tip it over and never give them water in anything large enough for them to get into it.  If they do, they defecate in it.  

   If you need to contain your flock of geese, you can use sheep fencing which is about 4’ high. They can easily fly over it if they want to but usually don’t bother.

     Ducks do not need perches.  They do not roost on a bar like chickens. 

     Providing ample straw for ducks is vital and it is best to pile in the corners of the coop.  This will encourage the hens to lay eggs there, thus keeping the eggs out of high-traffic area and much cleaner. 

FEED YOUR CHICKENS RIGHT

     To make sure that the chickens are eating properly, install a feeder in the coop.  There will be way less waste. 

    Consider the fact that different chicken breeds have different appetites and you have to be sure you are not feeding them too much or too little. 

      Chicken appetites are affected by the seasons. In the hotter months the chicken can consume less food while in the winter months, chicken tend to eat more. Consider these appetite fluctuations to better manage your feeding patterns and volume.

     Of course, the best ways to feed chickens is to just let them loose, allowing them to feed off the land.  This is a good option especially if you have a sizable pasture or backyard.  It can significantly reduce the expense of feed. When organic feeds are used as a supplement, you will be sure to have an organic chicken that will provide healthier eggs and meat.

     Apply an anti-mite solution liberally throughout the chicken coop during winter.  This will keep parasites in control in the cold months when the hens are mostly confined inside the coop.

     Chickens will not drink as much water as they need if the water is soiled and murky. This will surely lead to dehydration and can make the chickens sick or die in a very short time.

Soiled bedding from the coop is a great source of natural fertilizer. Use it to fertilize your vegetable patch.