April 3, 2014 Farm News

The weekly photo spot looks quite different from last week's shot.  Steady improvement.

The weekly photo spot looks quite different from last week’s shot. Steady improvement.

 

April fool's sunrise.

April fool’s sunrise.

Hello everyone.   We will do a very short blog this week as I have gotten very far behind and there is so much to do in a short time so as to catch up with things.  No new lambs this week but two cows with swollen udders, have been promising all week to deliver us new calves.  One did; late Tuesday evening, giving us a little heifer calf.  Everybody is perfectly fine

The new heifer calf just lying around like new born calves do.

The new heifer calf just lying around like new born calves do.

Same calf, new spot. They do get up from time to time especially when they need some refreshments.  She has been nursing.

Same calf, new spot. They do get up from time to time especially when they need some refreshments. She has been nursing.

 

and doing well.  The Maremma puppy continues the sheep bonding process and we think that he is doing well at it.  He even was barking at the new calf which was in a neighbouring pen.  If you are a sheep guard dog anything new and unusual is automatically suspicious.

The horses are doing a bit better, the warmer weather is very welcome to them and they are putting on a little more weight are just beginning to show signs of losing their shaggy winter coats.  The gelding (27 years old) is going to have to have someone in to float his teeth and we probably should have the mare (24 years old) done to.  Floating the teeth is filing sharp points off their teeth so that chewing food does not cause them any discomfort.  We really hope to get to have a look at the team of

William and friend

William and friend

mares that we are considering buying very soon as we also need to get them here real soon.  We will have to drive them around doing nothing useful for a little while just to get to know them and them us.  That should not take too long and probably by that time we can get into the garden and start using them to do some proper work preparing the garden for planting by using the

The largest of the new lambs standing in the hay feeder as they are wont to do.

The largest of the new lambs standing in the hay feeder as they are wont to do.

disc harrows, the plow and the single row cultivator and we have a lot of manure and compost to spread as well.  Lots of work for them and us.

Chickens are laying much better now.  They really like warmth and sunshine and being able to search around scratching for things on ground without snow.  I am also going to be very

Patches of snow on hillsides are irresistible.

Patches of snow on hillsides are irresistible.

watchful now for those few hens who insist on laying their eggs somewhere other than in their nest boxes where it is easy to find and get them.

The Tundra Swans have been moving through in large and small flocks all this past week with the most activity being in the early to mid morning and in the late afternoon and evening.  Tuesday evening

Look at last week's blog to see how this spot looked just seven days ago.

Look at last week’s blog to see how this spot looked just seven days ago.

as I shut up the chickens at dark I could here a Killdeer calling, the first this year.  Turkey Vultures have been back for a couple of weeks now and on Tuesday, again, I saw a Great Blue Heron for the first time this year.

Weather gets more spring like each week.  Hopefully by next blog I will be able to report on things sprouting in the greenhouse.

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