The Garden at Oswegatchie School is a sustainable organic garden where children get a hands on experience learning where their food comes from while developing an appreciation and respect for nature. The Garden will be a learning center to teach gardening as well as incorporating art, music, literature, math and science. It is a place where children are encouraged to join in and participate in the process of creating, developing and maintaining the garden!

Friday, September 13, 2019

Look At Us Now!

So, the summer flew by and the chickens have grown! It really is amazing how quickly they develop. Rob did a phenomenal job constructing the coop and extra run. The chickens have been comfortably lounging since the middle of July and are quickly adapting to the routine we have set up for them.

Once the chickens were about 8 weeks old they were old enough to go outside. Rob did the coop in stages so it wouldn't be so overwhelming.

Once the chicken were acclimated to their new digs, Rob added the extra run.

The chickens seemed right at home from the start. It's no wonder, they had been in the breeder up until this time. Experts recommend for 6 chickens 24 square feet of coop space, 60 for their run. Our run is 48 but you can include the coop so we have 72 square feet of space all together. That is what is recommended if the chickens don't free range. Ours get outside into the garden frequently so we have more than enough space.  Chickens love to roost at night so we have installed a roost bar and since they won't be laying eggs until the spring we will install the nesting boxes then.

Chickens are social creatures and it is amusing to watch them set up their "pecking order". A pecking order is a hierarchy of who leads the flock. This can mean who eats at the feeder first to who decides where they roam in the garden.  Right now there doesn't seem to be a clear leader but there certainly is a lot of head stomping and loud squawking.

foraging in the garden beds

An added benefit to having chickens is they speed the compost process. We feed them kitchen and garden food scraps. They eat most of it and scratch the rest of it into the dirt with their clawed feet. Then their poop adds much needed nutrients to the soil. When they are free ranging they are eating weeds and bugs and pooping directly into the beds. They are doing great work in our garden!

Our peach tree has been slow to produce but this year we managed to get one lone peach. The chickens loved it!

Every day brings new discovering with these amazing creatures. As we watch their personalities unfold and we learn who they are, they are becoming part of the Oswegatchie family.

looking for food scraps on the picnic table

posing for the camera

foraging in the garden bed

We hope you continue to follow us along on this journey.

Rob and Cynthia

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