Day Six and all the babies are still there! Excellent work Cheiri! They are nice and plump and warm in their nest.
Cheiri is quite the chow hound these days. She gets her special mom bun mix in her green dish and is usually waiting in the morning for her first morning snack. She has all the organic alfalfa pellets she wants as well as ti leaves, but she’d rather chow on the calf manna, whole wheat and black oil sunflower seeds.
You can see the babies’ nest there at the front of the dropped nest box. There’s holes under the edges of the box so they can get back in on three sides. Cheiri will also be able to get away from the babies in about three weeks when she wants to start weaning them since she will be able to jump up to the top of the box and they won’t.
The new raised bed garden is sprouting well. Back in the left corner there are Good Mother Stallard beans around Joey’s tomato. The beans add nitrogen to the soil which the tomato should appreciate. Most things seem to be sprouting well, if they show up. We have two varieties of leaf lettuce which seem to be AWOL and a lot of the hull less oats seem to have been eaten by chickens. It was just a small patch for seed so we didn’t lose much, but now that the chickens are fenced out, I’ll replant.
This raised bed is right outside the kitchen door so it’s a salad garden, hopefully. Well, except for that small patch of the oats. There’s five types of leaf lettuces and they were planted starting with the bright green on one side and goes to the darkest red on the side the most sun will be on. Red lettuces handle sun better than green ones.
The five types are a bright green leafy head lettuce called Gentilina, I’m pretty sure that was the first one and it seems to have showed up. The next one, I think was Crisp Mint which is a green romaine, it doesn’t seem to have sprouted more than one seed. Then the middle one is Cimmaron which is a reddish romaine. That one showed up really well. Then the Beleah Rose doesn’t seem to be there at all, it’s a red leaf type. The Garnet Rose red romaine is showing up well.
It’s been nineteen days since the garden was planted and I can suspect the chickens ate a lot of the oats, but I doubt they would selectively eat lettuce seeds? I’ll replant the seeds and see what happens. These are all Baker Creek seed packed for 2017 so they should be good, I’ll try again and see what happens. Maybe those two varieties take longer to sprout?