December 11, 2014 Farm News

The garden still looking a little, maybe a lot, wintery drab.  there is still some green in the picture though.

The garden still looking a little, maybe a lot, wintery drab. there is still some green in the picture though.

We spent a good bit of time this week doing repairs to our woodshed which had suffered major damage during the fierce wind a while back.  We have about two thirds of the shed recovered and keeping wood dry, so that is some progress.  Should be finished soon.  The poles of this A-frame structure were Ash sapplings and some were very thin.  Several had broken and  one half of the sides had fallen in, tearing the plastic which the wind then ripped apart.  We have re-enforced the poles and strengthened the structure.  These things always take so much more time to do, to complete, than first anticipated.  We also have been busy gathering wood, both for building and for the woodstove. We also spent an afternoon  cutting down some small trees for a friend in Brantford this week.  This wood needs to sit for at least a year to season, to dry down nicely for burning in the woodstove, so it is in the ‘next year’s’ pile outside the woodshed for now.

The woodshed, showing the roof poles pushed back into place and with 2X4 lumber strengthening the poles.  Just needs recovering now.

The woodshed, showing the roof poles pushed back into place and with 2X4 lumber strengthening the poles. Just needs recovering now.

Everyone, the animals, are doing quite well.  The relatively mild, dry weather of the last week or two has been kind to them and in the Horse department, the old gelding is actually slowly starting to gain weight again after having lost some at the beginning of November.  He is 28 years old, has lost his molar teeth and has difficulty eating hay.  We now feed him a combination of crimped oats, soaked for a while in warm water, dried beet pulp pellets which are soaked as well, and also a senior horse ration which seems to be mostly alfalfa pellets. This is working for him.

The old team, Wimpy and Marie.  A real nice fall day.  not real warm but lots of sun.

The old team, Wimpy and Marie. A real nice fall day. not real warm but lots of sun.

The young team looking for another wheelbarrow full of hay.  Leucan, the foal is off in the other corner of the field.

The young team looking for another wheelbarrow full of hay. Leucan, the foal is off in the other corner of the field.

The chickens are a little bit off their lay, the specialty chickens are still not laying at a rate we had thought they should by now.  The ducks have stopped laying altogether.  The biggest reason is the low light levels and problems that we have had in getting the electricity working consistently out at the chicken house.  Think that we have that problem resolved and we’ll get the lay rate up to where it should be. It means that we are about 5 to 7 dozen eggs fewer than we might expect.

The main laying flock, out in December 10 sunshine. Ducks there too.

The main laying flock, out in December 10 sunshine. Ducks there too.

More snow forecast.  We really need to finish the woodshed and then get all our lumber supply covered up so it is not buried by the snow.  Christmas coming soon, then it is onward to spring.

 

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