February 1, 2016 Farm News

The usual garden view. Monday morning, not so muddy, warm overnight.

The usual garden view. Monday morning, not so muddy, warm overnight.

I’m not sure why but the post for last week did not get posted.  So here it is, a week late.

The current spate of mildish weather has made for quite a muddy mess here.  The un-January/February temperatures make for a more comfortable winter though, in spite of all the mud.  The frost is still in the ground, and while it is not really in very deep, it will need a few days for it to all come out and until it does it will be only get muddier.  But, it will get colder soon and the mud will refreeze.  All of the animals, from Chickens to Horses, are happier with warmer temps and will do better, even with cold rain for those outside.  Mostly the chickens have stayed inside these days and they are happier there.  The newest Chickens, the ISA pullets, have consistently been outside a lot.  The Rhode Island Reds, the other lot of Chickens that really prefer the outdoors, no matter the weather, have been kept locked in the last couple of weeks as they were laying eggs in all sorts of different hiding spots where we could not always find them and we are keeping them in ’til we hide the hiding spots.

A mix of our chicken breeds. A Barnevelder, Rhode Island Red and Brahma Rooster. Black Copper Marans, Welsummer, Rhode Island Red and Marans hens.

A mix of our chicken breeds. A Barnevelder, Rhode Island Red and Brahma Rooster.
Black Copper Marans, Welsummer, Rhode Island Red and Marans hens.

We have kept busy doing firewood .  The demand for wood for heating is much lower this season compared to last or even a normal season, though on those windy days, no matter the temperature, a real good fire is needed to keep us comfortable. We have also been sorting through our jumble of scrounged lumber to make it more accessible.

A February 1 Monday morning view. A low light on the bare branches gives an unusual effect.

A February 1 Monday morning view. A low light on the bare branches gives an unusual effect.

We have done little this past week in planning for the upcoming new season.  We’ll have to get very deep into planning this week and get our seed list complete.  We also have to finalize the details or any changes needed for the CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) for 2016.  We have done some preliminary work on this and will finish that off this week and contact all our former CSA members and others on our waiting list.

We have also been rather occupied this week with children and grandchildren and family.  Almost a holiday.  Not quite!!

Look at our Facebook page again for more photos:  https://www.facebook.com/devonacres

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