January 23, 2014 Farm News

Taken one week ago this is looking out across our garden towards the intersection of Robinson and Green's Roads and the growing snowbanks on the west side.

Taken one week ago this is looking out across our garden towards the intersection of Robinson and Green’s Roads and the growing snowbanks on the west side.

Jan. 23,  Sleeping off breakfast waiting for the mornings grain treat. The Wimpy horse.

Jan. 23, Sleeping off breakfast waiting for the mornings grain treat. The Wimpy horse.

The chicken house at sunrise.  Jan., 23.

The chicken house at sunrise. Jan., 23.

I started out to take photos for today’s blog late Wednesday afternoon but needed new batteries for the camera and the backup lot were discharged as well, so, none of the pictures posted will be from this week until maybe tomorrow  when the charger should make them ready.

It really would be nice if it

Taken a week ago looking down the lane to the woodshed with the overworked car in front ready to disgorge another load

Taken a week ago looking down the lane to the woodshed with the overworked car in front ready to disgorge another load

were to get a little warmer, we need to do a fair bit more when it is colder, for example horse water tub freezes, the goose water freezes.  The chickens are staying inside these days and I close the door.  We sometimes leave the door open in the morning thinking that the hens will appreciate the sunshine coming in.  They do but soon they realize that it is too cold and they then

A Manitoba Maple, Acer negundo, on the fence line behind the house.  Those are the seeds, the maple keys on the tree, not leaves. taken about a week ago.

A Manitoba Maple, Acer negundo, on the fence line behind the house. Those are the seeds, the maple keys on the tree, not leaves. taken about a week ago.

retreat to the other end of their house.  So at these temperatures it is simply best to close up the door to keep them more comfortable.  The chickens still look good though.  The cows look good and some of them are getting close to calving.  They are mostly outside still but the calves are coming in each night.  We had the bull delivered to the butchers yesterday

Jan., 23.  Firing up the woodstove. Cosy inside but -14C outside and no wind.

Jan., 23. Firing up the woodstove. Cosy inside but -14C outside and no wind.

morning , he has done his

Looking back across the fields to the north-west corner of the farm on Boxing Day.

Looking back across the fields to the north-west corner of the farm on Boxing Day.

job and we needed to move him out.  Will have some beef soon.  Aerron will now start to bring the, soon expectant, cows into the barn each night now and put them in the standing stalls to give them some grain so as to get them into better condition before calving, to get them used to standing in a stall if they need to be milked out by us and to get them more used

Taken on October 15, looking at about the same area.  what a difference.

Taken on October 15, looking at about the same area. what a difference.

to us handling them.

These days I have been gathering wood from the various industrial spots around Brantford.  Wooden pallets and wood packaging and just plain scrap wood are put at the side of the road free for the taking.  I will drive around and fill the car, stuff it just as full as it is safe to do.  I have gotten a lot of wood suitable for burning as

Taken November 20, a Muscovy duck and a Barred Rock chicken oblivious to the coming winter.

Taken November 20, a Muscovy duck and a Barred Rock chicken oblivious to the coming winter.

firewood and as well quite a little bit that is perfectly fine to be used as lumber for various building projects.   A lot of this will have nails in it, but for lumber use they are easily pulled out.  For firewood we don’t pull the nails but extract them later from the ashes.  We have a lot of wood around but during the summer we did not cut and split and pile any at all as we were just too busy farming.  We will spend a good bit of time through winter and early spring cutting wood and piling it to be brought up when the weather is better for using the wagon and then we must plan to do a little bit a couple of times each week all summer and fall so as to have an adequate supply, safely tucked away in the woodshed, for the late fall, winter and early spring when we most need firewood.

So not too much more to say this week but do read the blog for sure next week as I will be posting on the “Our CSA Program” page, the latest, updated information on the CSA for the  2014 season.

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One Response to January 23, 2014 Farm News

  1. Robert Feagan says:

    Robin — let me know when the lamb will be ready. Rob F.

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