March 20, 2014 Farm News

the weekly photo spot once again. This time was taken on Tuesday at noon. Today Wednesday was just too dull.  All pictures this post are from Tuesday.

the weekly photo spot once again. This time was taken on Tuesday at noon. Today Wednesday was just too dull. All pictures this post are from Tuesday.

 

 

Sort of an in between time. No longer winter, the shadows are now shorter making everything that much brighter but still not spring really as there is far to much snow and the buds have not swollen very noticeably yet.

Sort of an in between time. No longer winter, the shadows are now shorter making everything that much brighter but still not spring really as there is far to much snow and the buds have not swollen very noticeably yet.

 

Half the flock, including the two roosters as well as the Muscovy ducks, stayed inside all the while unconvinced that any special treats were being delivered by me.

Half the flock, including the two roosters as well as the Muscovy ducks, stayed inside all the while unconvinced that any special treats were being delivered by me.

Spring:  Has it arrived yet ?  I think so.  The sunny days are great and in spite of sometimes being below freezing the sun is now strong enough to turn those bare spots, including our driveway, into mud, and, when the air temperature is above freezing and the day is sunny, the mud just gets deeper and water is everywhere and birds are celebrating and it sure feels

The lane way looking down towards the road.  the summertime pick up area was half way down on the left side. All the brown is bare ground and muddy ground if driven on.  this is why we park cars at the end of the lane.

The lane way looking down towards the road. the summertime pick up area was half way down on the left side. All the brown is bare ground and muddy ground if driven on. this is why we park cars at the end of the lane.

The gelding Wimpy looking good, but old (just like me?), enjoying the nice warm late winter sunshine.

The gelding Wimpy looking good, but old (just like me?), enjoying the nice warm late winter sunshine.

good.  Course much of the time now we cannot navigate the driveway by vehicle without the risk of getting mired in the mire.  Still a good amount of snow and ice around though and a little more forecast too but this is surely the last fling.

Work:  As each week passes we look back and wonder what happened.  Well, much did

This hen and a buddy were quite a way from the chicken house when I came and were a little slower but eventually their curiosity got the better of them and they trudged through the snow so as not to miss out on any thing being given out. Nothing was as it turned out.

This hen and a buddy were quite a way from the chicken house when I came and were a little slower but eventually their curiosity got the better of them and they trudged through the snow so as not to miss out on any thing being given out. Nothing was as it turned out.

happen. We cut a lot of fire

wood as usual and we burned a lot too.  We are giving the new pup, the Maremma puppy, a lot of attention, training him. That mostly involves paying attention to his behaviour with the sheep, no chasing, no grabbing for instance and keeping him acquainted with the kids. He stays with the sheep all the time, eating and sleeping with them.  The

The team; our mare Marie to the left. It still does not quite look spring like.

The team; our mare Marie to the left. It still does not quite look spring like.

idea is that he bonds with them and considers himself as part of their family, maybe he will think he is a sheep. There are 9 new lambs so far this winter and there are more to come so that requires extra time just observing as well as helping the new and expectant mothers.  We are finalizing the list of seeds that need to be purchased and are a bit late but we will also be sending out for mail order

Half the hen flock coming over to see what I'm all about and hoping no doubt that I might have brought out something different for them to eat.

Half the hen flock coming over to see what I’m all about and hoping no doubt that I might have brought out something different for them to eat.

seeds.  Much of that is for

varieties that we would like to try in our garden under our care and our conditions to compare with other varieties that we grow.

Horses: We are talking with someone to purchase their team.  The horses are Belgians just like the two we have now.  They are considerably younger so we will get a lot more work out

It looks as though she is doing some sort of chicken dance or going gingerly over the snow but no; this is just normal chicken walking, caught by the camera  in mid-stride.

It looks as though she is doing some sort of chicken dance or going gingerly over the snow but no; this is just normal chicken walking, caught by the camera in mid-stride.

of them for longer each

day.  We will use our old team for light work and we won’t work them for very long each day.  They are 24 and 27 years old so that is getting on for horses.  The gelding Wimpy is doing much better now and is slowly gaining weight again.  We continue to feed him a commercial “Senior Horse Ration” to help him along.  He should really improve once he is on grass pasture once more.  We should have more definite

information to give out on the replacement team next week.

Chickens:  The hens are laying much better now with the extra sunshine and the warmer temperatures. They really like to get outside and wander around looking for little morsels to eat.  They will be searching for insects and seeds and they might come across a very few beetles and ants on the very warm sunny

days and there may even be a few weed seeds still to be had. They all seem to be healthy and not to have gotten any frost bite on combs or wattles.  We really must order the new birds

The large snow banks around and up against the chicken house have melted away and we have been left with mud surrounding the hut instead.

The large snow banks around and up against the chicken house have melted away and we have been left with mud surrounding the hut instead.

soon.

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2 Responses to March 20, 2014 Farm News

  1. Debbie says:

    Nice to see that there is grass under all that snow, even if it is still brown!

    • devonacres says:

      grass is still there for sure and once we get rid of the snow and can get a week or two without freezing then we will see a definite greening. Sap is flowing, birds are happy and when the day is sunny it is real spring like.

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