Several years ago, the experiment was to grow rutabagas and Mangels for a food source for our pigs and chickens.
Last year, the big experiment turned out to be keeping meat birds over Winter. I wasn't expecting to do that, but that is just what we ended up doing.
We kept 2 roosters and 6 hens, all Cornish Giants. Over the next few months, the pullets became hens when they started laying beautiful eggs.
This Winter has been hard on our chicken population. First what we think was a fox came calling and killed some of the Cornish Giant hens. They may have been targeted because they are larger and more cumbersome. My other laying hens can run pretty quick!
Then what we think may have been an owl got into the chicken coop and killed the remaining Cornish Giant Hen. Before that, the largest rooster kicked the bucket. Flat on his back, legs up in the air.
We are now down to 1 Cornish Giant rooster and 7 Red Sex Link laying hens.
Why am I telling you this? In the next day or so, I'll finally post about what the Experiment of 2011 seems to be.
What about you? Do you do experiments each year? Trials of certain veggies or flowers?
I usually try to find something to experiment that won't take a lot of my time - time becomes quite precious during the growing season around here. Sphere: Related Content