Some of this week’s firsts:
- Harvested (and ate!) the first radishes, arugula, and spinach (twice) yesterday.
- Harvested kale and the always-maligned swiss chard today. Had the kale at lunch. The chard is in the fridge. (Perhaps a microcosm of the hierarchy of greens around here?)
- We are pretty sure that Ella laid her first egg since going broody today. Definitely white (meaning a leghorn hen, so it was either Daisy or Ella since Caroline is (literally) cooped up); Ella was crowing like a complete nut this morning so we think it was her.
- Caroline and the chickie started sleeping on the mini-roost within the mobile coop Wednesday evening. Caroline had tried to get the chick to go up there a few days before, but the chick couldn’t fly/hop up. Ditto with the nesting box; the chick got part of the way up one ramp, but didn’t go any further. But Caroline was a good chicken-mom (unlike Ella and Daisy after the Great Chick Tragedy of 2014, Part II) and came back to the ground for a few more days. Wednesday night, though, they started sleeping up on the roost. I looked in last evening. Somehow they were balanced on the narrow stick (chicken balance beam??) with the chick still under Caroline’s wing and its head peeking out. I have no idea how they manage to position themselves so they can stay there all night (and with the chick under Caroline), but somehow they do.