December 4, 2014

That was a full row of Swiss Chard and to the right of it, handles in the Chard row, is the wheel hoe with plow attachment, opening up a furrow in which will go Garlic when the temperature goes up a degree or two.

That was a full row of Swiss Chard and to the right of it, handles in the Chard row, is the wheel hoe with plow attachment, opening up a furrow in which will go Garlic when the temperature goes up a degree or two.

Two three hundred foot long kale rows.

Two three hundred foot long kale rows.

The last two weeks have been quite a bit more hectic than usual. We had to take some 35 chicken and duck to the processor, E.N.S. Poultry near Elora.  Our chosen day, the Thursday, meant that we had to be there by 7:30 a.m., but the very uncertain weather and reports from the area we were going to left us no choice but to cancel and reschedule to the next Thursday. This second time though we took the birds up the evening before and returned Thursday around 5 p.m. to pick up the birds all nicely cleaned, weighed, wrapped and labeled.  the one and a half hour return trip was a little harrowing as the snow, which had begun falling very lightly about 4:30 on the way up, began falling quite heavily and of course it got dark rapidly. We managed alright though speed on the return was at times down to 20 km/hr and at no time more than 60 and then only briefly. The birds were all delivered or picked up on Friday and Saturday.

The main laying flock hens, or some of them, wishing it were warmer. One buff duck in the photo

The main laying flock hens, or some of them, wishing it were warmer. One buff duck in the photo

Most of the rest of the ducks. They would rather have a nice warm pond.

Most of the rest of the ducks. They would rather have a nice warm pond.

Our flock of ‘special’ chickens are still in their own little house but we will move them as soon as we can to be with the main lay flock.  The specials are laying a few eggs, they are not the greatest layers, the best that they will likely do is perhaps 150 eggs a year as compared with the main flock whose hens will lay between 300 and 330 eggs per year with individual hens sometimes laying more than that. The specials are special because of the egg colour which is supposed to be much darker.  We’ll see, not a huge difference to note just yet.

Assorted members of the Special chicken flock.

Assorted members of the Special chicken flock.

The Special birds, a Blue Silkie, hen, I think

The Special birds, a Blue Silkie, hen, I think

Nell, Marta and Leucan at lunch

Nell, Marta and Leucan at lunch

Our once little colt Leucan is looking real good now.

Our once little colt Leucan is looking real good now.

The horses are faring well.  No grass left in their pasture but they will stay outside all winter with a bit of shelter provided.  The young colt continues to grow and develop well and we have him tamed down reasonably well though we still need to get him halter trained.

The big wind of a week or so back did no noticeable damage around the farm except to our woodshed. This structure had been in need of repair for some time and we had not gotten around to fixing it so half of the flimsy structure got blown down and the plastic cover torn and shredded.  So this is a major chore awaiting.

A nice little kale plant still looking quite good though pretty much frozen solid.

A nice little kale plant still looking quite good though pretty much frozen solid.

The garden is looking quite wintery though we had some turnip, radish and Kale right from the garden this week.  Hardly any turnip and radish left. Still a good bit of Kale

Leucan and Nell. Drinking buddies.

Leucan and Nell. Drinking buddies.

All the photos this week were taken mid morning on Wednesday.

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