The Georgia Organics Conference...
I was in Athens over the weekend, still very sick, trying to get the most out of the GO conference. The event itself was much larger than I expected, with a fairly extensive workshop list and farm tour experiences. I took Will Harris's Pasture to Processor class on the first day. He didn't disappoint. (If you ever want to have a entertaining and learning experience, sit down in front of Will Harris for a while.)
I was gone for three days and it seemed as though the chicks grew half a foot. The ducks are just huge and are starting to learn the art of quacking. Very cute seeing them get their feathers in and scratching around looking for stuff. Nicole (MacGyver Jr.), came up with a great way to keep the birds from knocking over the waterers. She wrapped rubber band around them and the 2 X 4's they sit on. This has held them in place without incident.
I set up the electric poultry netting and put Maddux in with our layers. He did great watching the birds and realizing that he was there to protect. I was surprised that he didn't chase them at all. I thought that the puppy in him would give way to some mischief and he may have the urge to play with them but he didn't. Well, Maddux got his first taste of electricity. First the chickens got popped, and then Maddux. He cried for about a minute straight to the horror of Camron. Cam was a little worried seeing his new buddy so upset. He will learn the importance of Maddux's job and over time will understand that we all care and love Maddux, but he has an important job he must do.