Day 31 – water

5 gallon Menard pail
5 gallon Menard pail

One of the (many!) downsides to winter is having to carry buckets full of water to the animals.  In the summer, we run garden hoses to where water is needed, but those tend to freeze – not good!  We’ve considered putting in some kind of “winter proof” water conveyance, but some of them aren’t practical and some are too expensive.  So for now, we lug water, 5 gallons at a time (that’s about 40 pounds).

How much water does it take for a fill up?  2 chicken waterers are 10 gallons.  1 goat watering bucket, 15 gallons.  For the calf we are bottle feeding (it was a twin that was rejected by the momma cow), at least 10 gallons to cover the tank heater, 30 to fill the tank most of the way full.  The cows and horses have a creek running through their pastures, and even if the creek ices over, it takes a lot of ice for them not to be able to break through it. If it does ice over, we get out there and break some holes for them.

Tonight I ended up carrying 2 buckets for the chickens, 2 for the calf, and 1 for the goats…grand total of 25 gallons of water.  Times that by every 2-3 days, and that’s a lot of water to haul around per week.

Day 30 – long day

Today was parent-teacher conferences, so I spent 4 extra hours at school.  It literally was dark and raining when I left for work and when I got home.

Because I wasn’t here for anything to catch my eye, here’s a “rewind” picture of our barn cats.  They are big grown-up cats now, but they used to be cute little fur-balls.  And yes, they all look pretty much the same…and there are 5 of them.

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Day 27 – even more sourdough

027Managed to use up an entire 6 cup container of sourdough starter with the help of some lovely people on the internet. Made a double batch (ended up being 42, I think) of tortillas, a double batch of noodles and a batch of wheat bagels. See Day 21 for links to the recipes I used.  I was looking for simple and easy to make, with things I already have.  Starting there makes branching out to more complex foods or activities, well, easier!

Day 27 – even more sourdough

Managed to use up an entire 6 cup container of sourdough starter with the help of some lovely people on the internet. Made a double batch (ended up being 42, I think) of tortillas, a double batch of noodles and a batch of wheat bagels. See Day 21 for links to the recipes I used. […]

027Managed to use up an entire 6 cup container of sourdough starter with the help of some lovely people on the internet. Made a double batch (ended up being 42, I think) of tortillas, a double batch of noodles and a batch of wheat bagels. See Day 21 for links to the recipes I used.  I was looking for simple and easy to make, with things I already have.  Starting there makes branching out to more complex foods or activities, well, easier!

Day 26 – new horse

Welcome to the newest animal member at Innisfree Farm – Pixie.  She’s a 6 year old Haflinger (Rosie is also a Haflinger, and closer to 10 years old), and she even came with a harness!  She has been greenbroke(that means she’s done it before, but maybe isn’t completely used to doing it) to drive in a harness, so that means she “should” be easy to train to pull logs, a sled, and other things around the farm.  This is exciting because Pixie (and Rosie, when we get her a harness) will take the place of using a tractor for some of the work we have.

Day 26 – new horse

Welcome to the newest animal member at Innisfree Farm – Pixie.  She’s a 6 year old Haflinger (Rosie is also a Haflinger, and closer to 10 years old), and she even came with a harness!  She has been greenbroke(that means she’s done it before, but maybe isn’t completely used to doing it) to drive in […]

Rosie Pixie

Welcome to the newest animal member at Innisfree Farm – Pixie.  She’s a 6 year old Haflinger (Rosie is also a Haflinger, and closer to 10 years old), and she even came with a harness!  She has been greenbroke(that means she’s done it before, but maybe isn’t completely used to doing it) to drive in a harness, so that means she “should” be easy to train to pull logs, a sled, and other things around the farm.  This is exciting because Pixie (and Rosie, when we get her a harness) will take the place of using a tractor for some of the work we have.

Day 24 / 25 – what a week

Sorry for no post yesterday – we went to look at a Haflinger mare up near Sidney!  If everything goes as planned, she will be delivered tomorrow morning – pictures will be posted.  Got home and pretty much collapsed.

025A random sampling of our eggs – compare them to what you see in the egg case next time you’re at your local grocery.  Even the “organic” “cage-free” eggs aren’t this interesting to look at!  Our hens don’t know much about evenly sizing their eggs, or making sure the color is all the same (or that there are no “freckles” on the eggs!), but they do very well in the taste category.

 

Day 24 / 25 – what a week

Sorry for no post yesterday – we went to look at a Haflinger mare up near Sidney!  If everything goes as planned, she will be delivered tomorrow morning – pictures will be posted.  Got home and pretty much collapsed. A random sampling of our eggs – compare them to what you see in the egg […]

Sorry for no post yesterday – we went to look at a Haflinger mare up near Sidney!  If everything goes as planned, she will be delivered tomorrow morning – pictures will be posted.  Got home and pretty much collapsed.

025A random sampling of our eggs – compare them to what you see in the egg case next time you’re at your local grocery.  Even the “organic” “cage-free” eggs aren’t this interesting to look at!  Our hens don’t know much about evenly sizing their eggs, or making sure the color is all the same (or that there are no “freckles” on the eggs!), but they do very well in the taste category.