Spring Cleaning

The Poultry Industries class from Oregon State University will be dropping by on Thursday to see our old-timey operation. How the heck did our pasture get so cluttered with bits of old lumber, rusted-through feeders, and other detritus? Time for a little spring cleaning!

This is not a great time of year to show off one’s pastured layer operation. Next month, the grass will reclaim all the muddy patches, but not yet.

The hens are laying very well, which is good, because the Corvallis Winter Market (held alternate Saturdays indoors at the fairgrounds) is doing a land-office business, and sales are much stronger than we expected.

The New Hampshire chicks we got from Oregon State University are doing very well and have been moved onto pasture. The girls (pullets) will be kept for egg-laying and the boys (cockerels) will be butchered and sold as “old-fashioned spring chickens” at the Winter Market. They’ll probably be the best-tasting chickens we’ll have all year, since slow-growing old-fashioned breeds raised on early spring pasture are hard to beat.

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Robert Plamondon has written three books, received over 30 U.S. patents, founded several businesses, and is an expert on free-range chickens. His publishing company, Norton Creek Press, is a treasure trove of the best poultry books of the last 100 years.

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Robert Plamondon has written three books, received over 30 U.S. patents, founded several businesses, and is an expert on free-range chickens. His publishing company, Norton Creek Press, is a treasure trove of the best poultry books of the last 100 years.

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