Hello once more. Winter still firmly in control though the water pipe under the barn floor thawed out on Saturday and once more we have running water in the barn. That certainly makes chores a lot easier and quicker. The driveway remained easily passable until today when blowing snow filled in half the track. A short while shoveling cleared it sufficiently far along that it is passable until more snow blows in over the next six or so hours. Everyone still doing well from chickens to horses to us but we will all
sure welcome spring when it finally gets here. Should be tapping time for the Maple syrup, setting taps anyway, but all that must wait. We need warm sunny days and below freezing nights to get a good sap flow and I think that is a little way off just yet. We should also be starting a few vegetable varieties, in particular the onions, but still a bit cold for that as we don’t have a very good germinator. All in good time I guess.
We have been looking at getting a few different breeds of chickens to meet a specific need. The breeds that we would like to get are the following
- Olive Eggers an F1 hybrid, for the olive coloured eggs
- Black Copper Marans an Old French breed for the very dark eggs
- Barnevelders from the Netherlands for a rich terra cotta egg colour
Welsummer again from Holland for a nice dark brown egg
- Ameraucana an American breed for their unusual blue or green eggs
- Silkies for there reputation as excellent setters of hatching eggs
- Rhode Island Reds for a reliable brown, plentiful layer of brown eggs
- Brown Leghorns as a white egg layer and for their good looks
Far too many breeds of course and there may well be one more. When put together, all the contrasting egg colours make a carton look much more interesting. To make life
even more trying for us, we were thinking of acquiring chickens for meat, but we have not yet decided on which of the meat breeds to go with. Finally to really do a job of it we may also get a few turkeys and egg laying ducks. These are the likely duck breeds that we will try.
- Khaki Campbell a really superb layer
Welsh Harlequinn a very good layer and a very pretty duck as well
- Runner (either the Black or the Indian ) these are an excellent layer as well as being very unusual looking
Should we get more geese too ? Maybe next year. I have some pictures but it has been very difficult finding any good ones. I’m sure that
they are out there somewhere but what a lot of internet searching to find just these pictures. Of course I had to read all about the experiences these people had with these breeds. They all add to the stack of knowledge.
This is all for now as it is now way past the time when I try to post, 7:00 p.m. I have a few photos for tonight and tomorrow
I’ll post the photo of the usual weekly photo spot. I was very busy today collecting firewood late among other even more important things and this is why I am so far behind.