Last spring, we bought four new baby chicks (three Golden Sex Links and one Golden Laced Wyandotte). The baby chicks have grown quickly and it’s about time that we integrate them into our existing flock of five hens. Integrations can by tricky because the chickens (and in this case one rooster) need to establish a new pecking order. As you can see in the video, we’ve moved the chicken tractor near the fixed chicken coop and run, hoping that the chickens will get used to one another a bit before we let them intermingle. I still expect that we’ll have fighting, however. If you’ve got any good flock integration techniques or advice, I’d love to hear it.
Switching gears, I am on my third batch of pickles for the summer. This time, I am trying to make deli style pickles, which require a three-week soaking process. I’ve become the pickle guy in Crossing Delancy. It will be fun to see if the pickles turn out ok.
In addition to this, over the last few weeks I’ve been making jam, preserving green beans, and harvesting potatoes. Oh, I also canned some spaghetti sauce, which was totally yummy. And now I have 30 lbs of peaches to can. This time of year is extra busy both in the garden and, as I am finding out, in the kitchen preserving the harvest. So glad I’ve got a vacation coming up the week after next!