Wow… well, I’m not totally sure where to begin. I guess a few apologies… I know that when I like to read a blog, I like it when there is a new post everyday! And I try to do that. But sometimes you just have to take a little break and catch up on life and then come back to the blog. I guess, I needed a little break.
We’ve got a lot going on and a lot finishing up and settling in. The sheep are doing fantastically. I just love them to bits! It is so cool to look out a window or drive up to the house, or wake up and go out in the courtyard and there stands our little flock of three. I’ve seen them in the evening when they are laying down under the maples, chewing their cud. I’ve seen them in the early morning mist as they drift across the yard cropping up little blades of grass like a lawn cutting Roomba vac. And I’ve seen them in the moonlight, skittish and frolicing, begging for crackers and pets. It seems like they have been here forever, yet it’s only been like five or six days. Everything here feels that way… Like it’s been in our blood for years and years and we haven’t even hit our official 3rd month in residence! 3 months! Only! Just hard to believe!
We managed to get a little safe paddock area for the ewes, taking over the well house as the new sheep shack. Being Shetland sheep, they probably won’t take up residence unless it’s just dreadfully cold, but at least I know they have a nice safe spot in case we need to corral them up for awhile. Like to given meds, or if any were ever to get sick or injured. Or if we have to have people in the yard to do something and we don’t want the sheep in harms way or getting too involved. I think it will be a good place for them if we have to leave for a full day or something, being in a paddock means that even if they got out of that, they would still have the outer fence to keep them from getting loose or something weird, heck, even someone accidently letting them out through the courtyard gate or heaven forbid, stealing them.
It was funny, though, as we were running fence and pounding posts, the girls were all watching as if they were supervising the effort. Since we ran out of fence and don’t have a gate up yet, it’s hardly confining, but the cool thing is that I’ve seen them out in there several times. One morning, I was making breakfast and looked out and they were all in there laying down, chewing their cud! Haha… I think they approve.
The new chickens are trying to fit in, but for the most part, they just stay together in a little scared gang and hardly ever venture from the barn. I guess they just don’t get it, that they can go out and hunt bugs and all that. We love their eggs… a light green and a pale blue and a dark dark brown… just the color range we were hoping for. Even Bucka has given up on getting them to join his ladies on his field trips. They just don’t want to leave. We keep trying to entice them with crackers and bread and have even tried to just shoo them out, but they resist at every attempt. Oh well! Someday soon!!!
The bunnies are doing well, save the heat… we’re going to be building them an indoor cage so that they can come in the house. We have plenty of room, just have to make sure it’s easy to keep clean and all. We are having a week of really hot temps and high humidity, so I think it would be nice to give them a break from this nasty stuff. It’s really dreadful!
The five little new chicks are growing like weeds!!!! I can’t believe how HUGE they look and how they are not even 2 weeks old and have wing feathers and some tail feathers! We’re going to try and take some cute pictures of them tomorrow, a sort of photo shoot style of pictures! They are all so beautiful and different looking. And with neat little personalities!!! We just want to hatch out more and more!
Our broiler chicks are due to arrive this week… maybe even in a few days! That will be cool. We’re all ready for them! Got a big brooder tub ready and all the supplies. Really curious to see how we do with this new experience of raising our own meat chickens. 25 little guys will be pampered and have a wonderful chicken life here at the little farm and then, in the end, will be humanely processed to give us meat through the winter, I hope. Although we’ve had a lot of people ask if they could get one and try it.. I’m pretty sure once they taste fresh, decently raised chicken, we are going to need to order many more chicks next time! That would be fine. We love raising and dealing with the chickens. It’s never a chore, we love it.
Today, in the heat, I actually started to paint the little chicken coop! It was just sort of dreadfully ucky in it’s white and peeling boards etc. I have a vision of it all completed, and well, it’s started, so that’s a good thing. Not hardly done yet, but hopefully by the end of the week or so. We have to replace the one side’s siding, and I have to get in there and get some good measurements so we can have them cut at the lumber yard. Much easier that way! But I managed to get the front all painted and these great $5 shutters that I got at the Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Defiance. That and a few little country knick knacks and our nursery coop is looking pretty fly. We’re making up a cute sign for the top and we’re going to have flower beds on either side as well, with some nice perennials to color it up nice!
We’ve decided that our livestock acquisition is just about done for awhile. We’re debating over adding another sheep to the pack, but that will just have to see how money is the next week or two. Might have to wait. And we want to add some black copper Maran hens to our collection as well as a couple little banty hens for Brent and Josh. They are picking on Einstein a little bit, so I’m hoping that a few hens would give them something better to entertain themselves with. Right now we’re getting about a dozen eggs a day. Which is not quite enough, as we’ve taken on 3 new egg customers as well as my band families and us and Steve. I was hoping that the new girls would push production up a bit, since just with our original girls we would get between 6 and 10 a day. I think the new girls are still just not too settled and laying good. With 20 chickens, I’m thinking we should see maybe a few more than just 12 a day. But, it’s all good… things take time.
August is going to be yard appearance month here at the farm. We have quite the collection of weeds around the front of the house… haha…. just hasn’t been a huge priority. We mow around them carefully, so they kind of look like we want it that way, but really, it was just that I didn’t want it all barren up there. So we are planning to start in a week or so, carefully weeding out what we don’t want and keeping some of the nicer stuff. And we’ll be mulching and just basically making it all look lovely. That’s the plan!!!
Well, hope you all enjoy the photos! It’s a little collection of the last week!Pin It