And well you should not!
We’re starting to see some ripe apples from our various and sundry trees. The larger apple is a Chehalis and the smaller apple is a windfall Honeycrisp that was blown down in last night’s rain. I don’t know about you, but the smaller apple certainly looks riper and more appetizing. The larger egg is from one of our established hens, while the smaller is the first egg from one of our new ladies – one of the three Barred Rock pullets we picked up after the mystery deaths of an Americana and Golden Campine pullet.
In other news, hopefully the weather will cooperate this week and I’ll be able to work on setting the posts for the 5′ tall fence around the orchard in preparation for moving the hens there for the winter. The hens should have plenty of bugs and rotting windfall fruit to eat to augment their scratch and layer mix (at least until the snow hits). After the posts are done, I’ll be able to cut and attach the rails and wire, and work on the gates. The final step will be disassembling, moving and reassembling the henhouse that’s in the old kennel area adjacent to the house. I am NOT looking forward to that.