Hikers & bikers meet the sheep at Donker Farm:
Join us this Saturday at Donker Farm to celebrate its 30th Anniversary with food, music, tours, and more!
At the end of last month, I stepped into the chicken coop to tidy up and came upon a most welcome sight—the first egg of 2018.
Chickens often take a break from laying in the winter months. The shorter days and cooler temperatures trigger the birds to turn their attention from reproducing (winter is a rotten time to raise chicks) and put their energy and resources into molting—the process of losing old feathers and regrowing new ones. This can take a few months—often just long enough for the days to start getting a bit longer again. I was told that the chickens would start laying again sometime in February. Sure enough, a few days after the first one, we found two eggs in the coop, then three. The last time I was there, I collected four.
And so begins the fun of trying to figure out just who is laying and who is still on “winter break”. We keep a variety of chicken breeds at Donker Farm: Black Australorps, Black-laced Wyandottes, Barred Rocks, a Welsummer and few others, each with their own distinct looks, personality and eggs. Narrowing it down to a small group of suspects is easy, but pinpointing the individual is a bit more of a challenge.
I took the picture above during our first summer on farm, and we still collect a similar rainbow of colors during the peak of laying season. It might not feel like spring yet, but the chickens insist it’s coming and so are the eggs!
With the warmer temperatures and the upcoming rain storm this is your last good chance to see the ice rings hung along Tory Fort Lane from the prior deep freeze.
Pin says “Check it out!”
There are over 70 out there!
But they will be gone by Saturday!
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Happy Halloween from the Greater Worcester Land Trust and the animals from Donker Farm!
Chickens help with pumpkin carving:
Murphy the sheep (otherwise known as “The Other One”) has a seasonal treat (See him at Storytime with Sheep!):
Six young chicks arrived at Donker Farm yesterday. They’re still being kept under heat in the the barn until they are large and hardy enough to be introduced to the rest of the flock.