Day 285 – oh boy, a puppy!

We just keep on keepin’ on – the second cutting of hay is baled and will be moved to its storage area in the next few days. The goats have finished their work in the garden, and now it’s the chickens’ turn to scratch out all the weed seeds and finish off what the goats […]

We just keep on keepin’ on – the second cutting of hay is baled and will be moved to its storage area in the next few days. The goats have finished their work in the garden, and now it’s the chickens’ turn to scratch out all the weed seeds and finish off what the goats didn’t eat – next will be a layer of manure, then green manure seed to break up any manure or dirt chunks.

Molly being Molly...
Molly being Molly…

 

Hen at work, rooster watching the perimeter
Hen at work, rooster watching the perimeter

The Barred Rock hens are looking less like chicks and more like hens. Looking forward to their eggs – some of our older hens have slowed way down, plus with the days getting shorter, that drops their production.

We have a, sigh, new addition to the Innisfree family – Lucy. She was found at the bridge on 718 and by as skinny as she was, she had been on her own for a while. We think she had been running around in the cornfield because the Goldens were none too pleased to see her. Plus she sounds like a coyote – she has a dog bark, but also yips and trills like coyotes do. That hasn’t gained her much affection from them, either, but they’re getting used to her. Minnie not happy about this arrangement and has been somewhat pouting.

Here’s our new beastie:

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That last picture pretty much sums her up – she’s a spaz. Friendly as anything, but she gets wound up, and that’s the end of it – tearing in circles, yip/barking (which gets the rest of the dogs wound up), and generally being insane.

Also visited some friends of ours at End of the Road Farm in Fletcher – Lee has a horse powered sorghum press and organized a sorghum harvest open house. I don’t actually have a picture of the sorghum press because my focus was on the horse and harness since one of my goals is to get our Haflinger (Pixie) back under harness to do some work around the farm. Here’s a picture that gets some of the press in:

2013-10-05 14.26.50The horse pulls the end of that log around in a circle, which moves the wheels in the press, and when you feed in the canes, the juice is squeezed out and runs into a bucket. Strain it, put it in a big pan with a fire underneath, and let the juice cook down (very similar to the process for maple syrup) to sorghum. And she’s not angry – her ears are back because Lee is behind and off to the side of her telling her to get moving again and she’s listening to him.

 

 

Day 285 – oh boy, a puppy!

We just keep on keepin’ on – the second cutting of hay is baled and will be moved to its storage area in the next few days. The goats have finished their work in the garden, and now it’s the chickens’ turn to scratch out all the weed seeds and finish off what the goats didn’t eat – next will be a layer of manure, then green manure seed to break up any manure or dirt chunks.

Molly being Molly...
Molly being Molly…

 

Hen at work, rooster watching the perimeter
Hen at work, rooster watching the perimeter

The Barred Rock hens are looking less like chicks and more like hens. Looking forward to their eggs – some of our older hens have slowed way down, plus with the days getting shorter, that drops their production.

We have a, sigh, new addition to the Innisfree family – Lucy. She was found at the bridge on 718 and by as skinny as she was, she had been on her own for a while. We think she had been running around in the cornfield because the Goldens were none too pleased to see her. Plus she sounds like a coyote – she has a dog bark, but also yips and trills like coyotes do. That hasn’t gained her much affection from them, either, but they’re getting used to her. Minnie not happy about this arrangement and has been somewhat pouting.

Here’s our new beastie:

That last picture pretty much sums her up – she’s a spaz. Friendly as anything, but she gets wound up, and that’s the end of it – tearing in circles, yip/barking (which gets the rest of the dogs wound up), and generally being insane.

Also visited some friends of ours at End of the Road Farm in Fletcher – Lee has a horse powered sorghum press and organized a sorghum harvest open house. I don’t actually have a picture of the sorghum press because my focus was on the horse and harness since one of my goals is to get our Haflinger (Pixie) back under harness to do some work around the farm. Here’s a picture that gets some of the press in:

2013-10-05 14.26.50The horse pulls the end of that log around in a circle, which moves the wheels in the press, and when you feed in the canes, the juice is squeezed out and runs into a bucket. Strain it, put it in a big pan with a fire underneath, and let the juice cook down (very similar to the process for maple syrup) to sorghum. And she’s not angry – her ears are back because Lee is behind and off to the side of her telling her to get moving again and she’s listening to him.

 

 

Day 163 – 17, 23, 26

163Nothing to do with sports, but everything to do with chickens.  Those three numbers are my egg counts from the last three days.

I’ve learned that free-range chickens are dodgy critters.  They spurn the laying box to nest under the hay rake (or in the barn, or in a sack of trash – I’m not making that up).  They lay eggs on their schedule, not mine nor those lovely people who buy our eggs every week.

So I hunt eggs – under the equipment, in the barns, don’t forget to check the trash area and the dog house (we have another hen nesting in there and she has at least 2 viable eggs, so we may have some more little nuggets soon), and lastly, the nesting boxes in the hen house.  I’m going to start checking the nesting boxes twice a day, because the box that has one egg, soon has 5 or 6, and that’s a recipe for cracked or broken eggs.

I know that some days I’ll get more eggs, some days I’ll get fewer eggs.  If it’s hot, I shouldn’t expect too many eggs over the next couple of days as their laying cycles change with the weather.  I’ll find new nests (that inevitably have 2-3 eggs in them already – I throw those out, since I don’t know how long they’ve been there) and will watch them for new eggs.  The chickens will wise up, stop laying there, and start a new nest somewhere else, which begins the game anew.

It’s a good thing their eggs (and they themselves) taste so good!

 

Day 95 – creative meeting

Last night we had the (mostly) monthly meeting of our “creative group” – had good, and intense, conversation, ate good food, and ended the evening in a sugar coma thanks to Lunch Box Pie and Jen-o’s (go read http://jgrubb-manna.blogspot.com for all the details).

My contribution was Egg and Beet Salad – hard-boiled eggs, cooked beets, an apple, nuts, a couple spoonfulls of mayo, salt, pepper, chopped fresh parsley.  Good way to use up some of those 3-dozen-a-day-eggs!

And I forgot to take a picture of it. Boo. But it was really good – you should make some.

Chicken tractor

After much consternation, parts that didn’t fit quite right, and a bumpy ride to its new home, the garden-shed-turned-chicken-coop is now in position and home to our 70+ chicks.  They are quite enjoying their much larger pasture area as well!

After much consternation, parts that didn’t fit quite right, and a bumpy ride to its new home, the garden-shed-turned-chicken-coop is now in position and home to our 70+ chicks.  They are quite enjoying their much larger pasture area as well!

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A piano, which at this time, has no name.

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/US/01/26/mystery.piano/?hpt=C2 So how does a grand piano end up on a sandbar in Florida?  I have no idea, but I think it’s pretty cool that they aren’t going to move it. Makes me want to look around for hidden cameras and such.

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/US/01/26/mystery.piano/?hpt=C2

So how does a grand piano end up on a sandbar in Florida?  I have no idea, but I think it’s pretty cool that they aren’t going to move it.

Makes me want to look around for hidden cameras and such.