[gardeners] zones and chickens

flylo@txcyber.com (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Sat, 4 Aug 2001 07:59:04 -0500

George, Fairfield is about 60 miles N of us. (That's where my 
husband works.) Our farm, in turn, is about 60 miles N of 
And they (Fairfield) usually seem a bit hotter/colder and drier than 
we are. We get more rain up from the Gulf (and over from you guys, 
of course). 
Like I said, I think I'm in "ish" zone <G>!
Oh, BTW: If any gardeners are also backyard poultry enthusiasts, I 
read recently that the hatcheries (Murray McMurray, Sandhill 
Preservation, Stromburgs, etc.) will be not doing any more mail 
order chicks in the future. Airlines have started refusing to 
renegotiate any more contracts, thanks to PETA boycotts and 
lawsuits.  Many of these hatcheries were doing an excellent job of 
preserving the heirloom species and now it'll be up to the individual 
farms and backyard breeders to keep them going. 
Just another nail in the small farmstead coffin.