It has been a usual week here, not a lot to report. We are just plodding along as best we can in a colder than usual February, getting our myriad little chores done as quickly as we can. Finding and cutting firewood and looking after horses, cows, sheep, goat, donkey, dogs, cats, chickens, ducks and one Indian ring-necked parakeet … are the duties that keep us most occupied. The extra time involved is all due to cold weather and snow. It is bit of a struggle keeping water containers from freezing and the best solution is to water only as much as needed and to immediately dump any that is left since by the time that anyone is going to drink the left over water it will have frozen or will be far too cold for drinking. Better to water second and third times though usually when this is attempted, no one wants it anyway, so practically we need only water once each day. Feeding the cows and horses outside is just and effort to haul out the hay. We use a large sled pulled by hand and it works well and is far easier and faster than carrying hay from the barn on a fork.
Chickens are now laying very good. We are consistently getting 85 to 90% from the hens. I do suspect that there are maybe 5 or 6 hens that are not laying at all or at the most quite infrequently. I should do vent checking but it is a whole lot of time involved as I don’t do it much I’m not all that good at it. We would ideally have all the hens banded so we could easily identify them too but they are not. So keeping everyone separate is a problem.
Not many photos this week. The camera batteries have been replaced with new rechargeables. The older ones were just too old and would not hold a charge longer than it took to tell me to ” Change the Batteries”. But it is just too cold to walk around with bare hands holding a cold camera and taking a lot of time fussing over getting just the right photo. And of course I am really late with this post for, I think it is, three weeks in a row.