Silly Chickens, Winter is for Resting

2019 was the year it became time to renew the egg hen flock. The remaining hens had a good life producing lots of eggs over their years of production and could now live out their lives 8n the retirement flock.

Last Spring, when chicks were readily available at local feed stores, it was time to start a new flock. There were so many nice varieties available, it was hard to chose. In the end, the new flock would consist of Australops, Americanas, Barred Rocks, Rhode Island Reds, ISA Reds, Gold Lace Wyandottes, and Silver Lace Wyandottes. The plan was just a few of each. Factoring in a few losses, a mixture of 6-10 of each (but only 2 Australops) totaled 46 chicks. True to realistic planning, only two didn’t make it so that left 44 – or more than double previous year flock size. Of course the extras could be sold off, but the decision was to keep the whole batch and maybe sell eggs in the Spring, once they started to lay.

Along comes late October when the egg flow began. Even with colder temperatures, lower light levels, and all of the conditions that are supposed to work against egg production (include 1 Americana who started crowing), these silly chickens have laid 660 eggs this Winter! Selling eggs has started a bit earlier than expected

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Vegetables Planned for 2019

We’ll be growing several varieties of each of these during the coming growing season: leaf lettuces, salad greens, kale, spinach, salad turnips, radish, green onions, chives, peas, asparagus, salad micro greens, beans, tomatoes, broccoli, various summer squash, garlic, sweet peppers, pac Choi, Napa cabbage, gourmet potatoes, onions, winter squash, pumpkins, and cabbage.

In addition there’ll be asparagus, Rhubarb, strawberries, honeyberry, several colors of raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, elderberry, apples, Apricots, and maybe our first cherries, grapes, and pears.

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So it Ends; So it Begins

Late New Years Eve it began to snow. Slowly at first, then steadily. It didn’t quit until well into New Years Day dumping a mass of 14” of new snow.

This is why I have a small car AND a 4 wheel drive big pick-up (and two John Deere tractors with front end loaders)!

The really bad news is that the temperature is forecast to near zero tonight. The good news is that by Thursday it’ll be into the upper thirty’s and hopefully low forty’s!

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Decisions, Decisions

Sometimes its just hard to chose!

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Christmas Delight

It doesn’t take much!

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Time to Start Planning

While a few catalogs arrived just after Thanksgiving, the real barrage starts right around Christmas! Let the planning begin!

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Gus Update 2

Gus has been progressing nicely since his earlier adventures. He still has his “Elizabethan Collar” or Cone for another week, but it’s getting beat up pretty bad.

Behavioral he’s back to being a pain in the butt which is a good thing as there was some worry if he’d be affected by everything.

Thanksgiving day I found this outside

First thought was “oh no, not again” until I found him playing with this

Silly dog wanted rabbit for Thanksgiving

 

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Gus Update

Poor Gus the Farm Dog had a bad time with his trip to the Vet. He got through the procedures just fine. Unfortunately that evening he was able to scratch his eye surgery site and cut his “third” eyelid and had to get to doggie ER quickly due to level of bleeding. Original incision was ok, but once bleeding under control needed a couple more stickers at the new injured eyelid. Everything slowly getting better, except for sleeping indoors, navigating with Cone on head, and a master who misses sleeping through the night!

 

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So It Begins (or Ends)

Not all the Autumn work got down before the Winter’s snow arrived. Hopefully a warm day or two will allow for catching up!

Chief Farm Dog Gus is off at the Vets getting a problem with an eyelid resolved and a visit with Dr Snip-it which he probably won’t like but it’s better for him in the long run. A little apprehensive waiting for them to call and update.

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Farm Dog Gus “Helping”

Trying to get potatoes out of the ground and getting too much “help” from Gus the Farm Dog.

Without thumbs he doesn’t think much of this technique and prefers “paws on” technique.

Of course the issue is that he thinks potatoes grow all the way to China.

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