Today I had a big farm helper Luke. I was able to teach him how to get sunflower seeds and feed the chickens. Levi got six Silkies on his birthday and these chickens have been skittish. Three turned out to be cockerels so we had to give them away for peace among the flock and the neighborhood. Perhaps the kids have played a little too much with them because they just run from them now. But not today. Luke was picking up Cheeto here and he even got the other top hat. He enjoyed it and it was impressive how smoothly he pulled it off. Cheeto had been laying almost daily since she was 16 weeks old. This week all three of them have been laying. They lay a small light brown egg. It is great tasting so who cares it takes three to make scrambled eggs. Cheeto has been great at laying in the nest box with the golf balls I put in there so they know where to lay. The other two are hit and miss. One has laid a couple of times in the other nest box. However, one is laying in the garden. Yesterday it was under the okra. The first time was near the Lima beans. The craziest one was Wednesday. I didn't put the chickens up Wednesday night until 9 so it was dark and I didn't see what was around the coop. When I went out Thursday morning there was an egg in the water bowl. I don't even know how that is possible. It was hilarious.
Erich is an avid gardener who has his own home garden consisting of annual vegetable crops and as many perennial fruit plants he can possibly plant, runs a church sponsored community garden, tends his chickens and a rabbit, enjoys experimenting with growing techniques and living more sustainably.