Welcome to What Do You Know Wednesdays! As you know, we are still learning how to be farmers (we’ve actually known how to be charming for quite some time). We truly enjoy sharing our experiences (the good, the bad, and the hilarious) here with our Charming Readers. Our motto has become, That’s how you learn. We’ve learned by jumping right in and seeing what works, what fails, and what just makes for a great story. And since the point of Charming Farming is to build a community of women who farm – in big ways or small – we would like to hear from you too. What has worked for you? What hasn’t?
Each week (okay let’s say most weeks) we will post a question or problem that we face with farming or one submitted by one of our Charming Readers. We are hoping to get input from other Charming Farmers so that we together we can grow healthier, happier farms and families.
This isn’t a linkup per se, although we hope you will post a link to your blog. But you don’t have to have a blog to contribute. Just share your insights in the comments (with a link to your blog if you have one). And do please share What Do You Know Wednesdays on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or anywhere else Charming Farmers are gathering.
This week I have big news, Charming Friends.
One of our hens has gone broody. If you follow the blog, you know I have had a lot of questions about getting hens to go broody. Well, now, low and behold, Brigid has gone broody all on her own -no tricks, no coaxing, no bribing. In fact it was so unexpected that when she wouldn’t come out of the nest, I actually worried she was wounded or sick. It wasn’t until the next day that it dawned on me that she was in fact on the nest. It has been about a week now, and so far so good. But still, I have some questions…
- Is there anything I could or should do to keep her on the nest? I’m worried she’ll get tired and give up. (I just wish there was a way for me to hook up a TV so she could watch Downton Abbey)
- Once the the chicks hatch, what should I do? Do we need to isolate Brigid and her babies to keep them safe or will she protect them? We have two roosters and a duck bully.
- Will the new chicks require any extra lighting for warmth?
- Do I need to buy chick starter? If so, how do I keep the other hens out of it?
- And I’m still wondering. Is there a way to get this to happen again in the future? It’s so much fun!
Thanks, Charming Friends. I’m eager to hear what advice and tips you have for us and the mother to be.