Farm update

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Bullet Journal

I just got home from spending most of July at the Florida house welcoming our newest grandson into our family (in the exact same spot that Mateo was born) more on that tomorrow.

It’s been a while since I have done a farm update. ¬†We have added 2 members of the human kind to our farm family (more on that later also ūüôā ¬†and life is good. ¬†Busy and different but good.

This summer we added a big new field of row crops and I feel like converting everything to long rows now.  They are so pleasing to walk through and easy to maintain.  We have easily 3 dozen different veggies growing in the garden and 3 huge beds of potatoes.  An official herb garden instead of having my herbs scattered around our homestead and I painted a barn quilt to go on the side of the henhouse.  We have once again added more rabbits, a breeding pair of meat rabbits and are planning pigs and bees in the spring.

The Tolouse goslings almost have their honk.  I am expecting it any day and they seem to have taken on the role of duck security guards.  They puff up their little chests and create a circle around the ducks which is so funny.  The ducklings are feathering out and spending most of their time in their little kiddie pool.   The new chicks have learned their place in the pecking order and stay clear of the older hens.  If the older hens are inside the henhouse, they are out in the yard.  Everyone seems to be settling in perfectly fine save for a hen that gets a little annoyed once in a while with all the new additions to her henhouse.  We added portable and very lightweight electric fencing which everyone has learned to use and avoid including Mateo.  I find my kids sitting nearby watching to see if any of the new chicks run into the fence which is actually a pretty funny sight to see.   It is so good to know that predators cannot get to our animals anymore.  Good for this mamas mind.

We will be starting some fall seedlings sometime in the next few days and so continues the cycle. ¬†It’s so good to not need to buy all of these things at a store and so good for farm kids to keep busy with. ¬†They love it.

Christopher received a recurve bow for his birthday with a homemade wooden target.  I plan on making him a leather quiver for Christmas and I love to see these boys out in the woods practicing.

The weather is getting so nice and cool in the morning and evenings here and its a nice reminder that we are almost out of the heat of summer which is not my favorite.  Soon enough fall will be here and we will get to spend more time in the woods which right now are a crazy jungle of trees, vines, brambles and weeds.  Soon, very soon.

For now, I will enjoy morning breakfasts of eggs and greens (though they got a little bug eaten but still yummy) and tea on the rocking chair on the shady porch but I know that pumpkins and squash are coming and perhaps hot chocolate sometimes instead of tea.

How is life in your neck of the woods?

 

 

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all the baby animals

We didn’t raise chicks early this spring and decided to wait until summer which now makes so much more sense. ¬†Usually we get chicks while its still snowing outside and its a challenge to keep them warm even inside but in early summer it is warm everywhere and these chicks have been so happy.

We have added not only 38 chicks to our homestead but also 15 Welsh Harlequin Ducks and 5 Tolouse Geese.  The little peeps and quacks are such a pretty sound and I hear that the goslings are close to getting their little honks though I have not heard them myself.  Truth be told, chicks are my favorite part of homesteading.  Watching the chicks in the brooder is like watching my favorite show and these little peepers are getting more and more interesting as the days go by.  There is even one little chick that looks a bit like Liberace with poofy hair on its head and quite a flamboyant attitude.  It will be such a treat to see them all grow and develop their own personalities.

Then… just one day after we got the call to come and pick up our box of chicks at the post office, I got a message from a friend whose husband had rescued a wild baby raccoon whose mama had gotten killed by a car. ¬†Her husband had come around a corner and saw a group of buzzards fly up off of the road and on second look, saw this little raccoon standing next to his mamas body. ¬†My friends husband pulled over and this little raccoon walked right up to him as if to say “please help me”. ¬†They brought him over and his first day he was more dead than alive but we nursed him back to health while we tried to figure out a good place to take him for help. ¬†Ringo was decided upon by most of the kids. ¬†Little Ringo raccoon got to be one of the Farmish bunch for a week before a friend with experience in raising raccoons came to adopt him. ¬†So our career as raccoon parents was short lived but I have a feeling we will be talking about him for a lifetime.

Back on the chicken front, I have ordered portable electric fencing to keep our flock in this year. ¬†I think Poppa will appreciate them a bit more when there aren’t hoard of chickens and ducks going to the flower beds near the front porch and roosting on rocking chairs. ¬†We have been raising fowl since 2006 and he has been very patient for a non-farm boy. ¬†It is the least I can do after he has welcomed flock after flock over the years. ¬†I am excited to see how it all works and I hope to have good news to report back here.

 

 

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