Sunday, April 12, 2009

Chicken Run is Covered ... Finally!

We have been working on getting some hens for a long time now. We have lots of hawks here. I have seen 4 different species. Not doubt there are owls too. We did not want our chickens to end up as food for the birds of prey. We had a bunch of shade cloth which had been used over the greenhouse at our garden center (now closed due to drought and economic collapse). We used the shade cloth to cover the run to keep out the hawks and keep the chickens in. It will keep them cooler in our blazing hot summers too.
Bring on the hens!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Aquaponics up and Running

the aquaponics system is up and running now. It takes about 2 weeks for the bacteria to fully colonize the biofilter so that fish can be added to the system. I am still researching what fish to grow. Our warm season is too short for tilipia. I found a hatchery here in Georgia that has developed a fast growing hybrid bream. That just be what i need.
Next time i post about this i will explain how it all works.