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September 2011 Blog Posts (3)

Free Ranging HennyPenny

I'm approaching the 2 year mark of my initial chicken keeping venture. My original birds had petered down to 8 birds and I found someone looking to sell off 8 pullets between 4 and 5 months old. Thinking that with an evenly divided population between the first birds and the newer birds, harmony might be restored in short order, I went forth with trying to blend the flock. The rooster immediately tried to kill all the new pullets, so I butchered poor ChickenStu. It took about a week for the…


Added by Jeanne Tavares on September 22, 2011 at 7:09pm — 7 Comments

Clover vs Bermuda

Clover is a very different plant from bermuda grass, although the clover can get invasive as well.


At The Farm, I just let the clover grow; I don't mow it.  It can get 18 - 24 inches tall during cooler weather.  It develops a nice duff underneath it.  I'm not sure how it would work for a lawn substitute.  For one, if you didn't mow it, the height would probably classify it as a weed for purposes of Phoenix zoning ordinances, and if a neighbor complained you'd have to battle…


Added by Rob Risley on September 20, 2011 at 6:51am — 5 Comments

Rogue Chickens

A few months ago I told you about my garden floor--the New Zealand White Clover.  It's great for a number of reasons--it suppresses weeds, it conserves moisture, it pumps nitrogen into the soil, it keeps me from having to walk through mud.  Over the last 9 years it has spoiled me, and suddenly I'm having to do without.

A few weeks back someone dropped some chickens into The Farm.  I suspect the neighbors, since I constantly hear roosters crowing in their back yard, and the chickens…


Added by Rob Risley on September 18, 2011 at 7:38am — No Comments

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