Seasons at Procter Farm

  (London, Ohio)
Procter Farm
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baby chicks eating spinach

The new chicks, golden comet pullets, have moved into the winter housing in the corn crib. Here they are eating overwintered spinach from the greenhouse. They need to be kept separate from the adults until they are the same size or they'll get bullied too much. The two flocks will be combined in the fall when the adults move back into winter housing.

seasonal pasture set up

All the barred plymouth rock hens and rooster have moved out of winter housing and out onto pasture. They are so happy!

eggmobile

The new eggmobile, complete with 26 nest boxes. Its actually an old trailer. The wheels make it convenient to move.

hen using new nest box

A hen checking out the new nest box.

new eggmobile

An inside view of the eggmobile.

tomatoes

Can you believe its almost time to plant tomatoes?! This first planting will go out on the next dry day.

 
 

Spring Sprouts

 

2013 sproutSpring has definitely sprung here at the farm, (even if the Ohio weather doesn't agree!) In our greenhouse early spring sprouts have already begun to emerge from the cell trays. There are currently alliums (such as onions) and brassicas (such as cabbage) showing their cotolodyeons.

 

Also, last Thursday 50 little chicks arrived! Believe it or not, they arrived at the local post office from the hatchery via overnight shipping. The post office then just calls the number written on their box in order to notify the purchaser that their chicks have arrived. This is the second year that we have received chicks this way and it is still so funny/amazing to me! The chicks are all golden comet pulletts, from Mt. Healthy Hatcheries near Cincinnati, OH. This breed is known for its cold tolerance and is said to be good for farms where chickens are pasture-raised. Currently they are cheeping contentedly and growing rapidly under heat lamps in the shop. Come check them out next time you visit!

Additionally, the farm is blessed to have 2 wonderful new volunteers contributing to the farm this year. Molly Rosati and Sharon Mavis have generously agreed to share one of their weekday mornings helping with various tasks around the farm. Look for their volunteer profiles on the volunteer page of the Procter Center website! 

baby chicks

baby chicks

 
 
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