I haven't been posting much, because spring has finally arrived. Or summer. Or winter? In the past three weeks it went from warm spring like temps, to hot, hot, hot! The snow melted quickly, and we sweltered away. Yesterday the temps took a nose dive, with a high of 1°C for the day. I swear it felt like -20°C, since we aren't used to it anymore. Snow is in the forecast for the weekend, but I'm hoping that will pass by. Really? Winter wasn't long enough? Geesh...
any rate, here's the update. Nelly is fine. #1 has been milking her-
she has very sensitive teats and can be pretty kicky. I went to the
auction and bought her a calf.
This little brown calf- Limousin- got sick.
Probably pneumonia, definitely chest congestion. Even with penicillin
injections we couldn't save him.
The birds arrived on Wednesday. 21 new Bronze Orlopp turkeys (the dark ones), and 12 Muscovy ducklings are sharing one brooder,
Frey's Special Dual Purpose,
a slower growing meat bird. The second set of four chicks that we
hatched are in here as well. They're just a little bigger than the new
ones, and I had to steal their heat lamp from the basement to get this mob to spread out.
geese have been moved to the turkey pen, alone, in the hopes that they
might decide to try hatching their own eggs. No luck with the geese
eggs in the incubator. I cracked them all open, and none had started
developing. I don't think we have a mating pair. Maybe they'll
The incubator will be starting round three
today. In addition to the dozen or so eggs I have from our hens, I
bought a dozen eggs from a neighbour that I'm going to incubate as well.
season has begun- slowly working myself into it. I am so out of shape
after such a long winter! But we're gotten a few loads done, which is
always nice to get early in the year before the bugs come out and the
underbrush grows in.
#1 has tilled a few feet of garden
so I can get the peas planted this weekend. Husband hasn't plowed yet,
as the ground is still frozen in spots. I could probably start the
greenhouses, but with this temperature drop, I think I'll hold off for a
We're hauling water for the critters. It
seems the water pipe has burst underground, probably between the chicken
coop and the barn. Turning the water on in the basement drains the
well in a matter of minutes, and won't fill a single water dish. That
will be a major repair this spring, first fencing off the area to keep
the critters out, then digging down to the pipe to find the leak.
The pasture is finally greening up, so hopefully we'll only need a couple more weeks of hay.
Yard clean up, garden prepping, plants to start, firewood to gather, repairs to be made... it's going to be a busy summer!