Goldenrod in August


The summer is flying by and the late wild flowers are filling the pastures. I collect their images on my field walks as I check out the pigs, piglets and forages. There are a lot of piglets out there which is wonderful to see. These are the best months to be born in. The easy time of year.

The upper south pasture where the majority of the south herd is right now looks really good. They are grazing the clovers, grasses and other forages to just the right height and there is a lot of good food for the pigs.

The chickens, geese and ducks walk up the mountain daily to graze in those pastures as well. Interestingly, the poultry skip some of the closer areas that they could get to which have lush forages and instead choose to follow the larger grazers, the pigs, up the mountain. Probably they’re after the insects stirred up by the pigs and manure patties. Our hens forage for a living since we don’t buy store bought feeds for them.

Outdoors: 65°F/44°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 65°F/61°F

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2 Responses to Goldenrod in August

  1. Hi Walter

    I’m based in Shropshire, England, UK and have enjoyed following your posts.

    I am intrigued that you don’t feed you chooks any bought in grain… what do you do in the winter when there is little forage?

    My hens also free-range very like yours and they prefer to roost in the trees at night rather than their hen house.

    I do, however, feed them some sprouted barley each day, which is part of a larger fodder growing system that I’ve set up sprouting pea and barley grains and growing them to the six or seven day stage, this feeds my Jersey house cow and my two sows and any off-spring (who also get any spare milk… yum!)

    kind regards

    • In the winter we feed meat to the chickens make up for the insects that they normally get on pasture during the warm seasons. Since we slaughter weekly there are always bits and pieces, scraps of pastured pork left over that make great chicken food. They also drink a little whey, eat a little hay and such. Occasionally they’ll get some pomace (apple cider squeezings), a little spent barley from the local brew pub or even a treat of some bread from the local bakery. See the Pigs Page which describes our pigs’s diet – the chickens basically follow the pigs in the pasture and winter paddocks, cleaning up anything extra in addition to the pasture diet.

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