November 21, 2016 FARM NEWS

The usual weekly garden view at a windy Monday noon time. Looking decidedly late fallish this week.

The usual weekly garden view at a windy Monday noon time. Looking decidedly late fallish this week.

Another fair weather week but it ends with cold and wind.  From record warm and sunshine on Thursday and Friday to temperatures right around zero Celsius, clouds, a bit of snow and strong gusty wind on Sunday.  Aerron spent a lot of time during the week getting seed beds ready; bringing up and spreading compost, marking out and transplanting onion for next year and we also worked on getting firewood together.  With cool evenings we often need to run the wood stoves and now, with the colder conditions and strong wind, the stove runs hotter.  We also spent an evening repairing fences for the horses. Then there is our usual work looking after chickens, ducks, sheep, cows and horses as well as a dog, several cats, a parakeet and two peafowl. We also harvested a lot of veggies that were left in the garden anticipating a freeze up soon.

The horses are getting the last little bits of grass while waiting for more hay to be brought to them.

The horses are getting the last little bits of grass while waiting for more hay to be brought to them.

The horses will be moved very soon to their over winter area and we have to fix up shelters for them as well as ensure that fences are ready with any new posts put in before the ground freezes solid.

The same for the cows and the sheep though the sheep area is pretty much all ready. It is next to the barn as the sheep go into the barn each night to prevent coyote mutton feasts.

The chicken house with the door only open enough to let a chicken through.

The chicken house with the door only open enough to let a chicken through.

The chicken houses need to be fully winterized too which means making sure that drafts are minimal.  The mobile duck house has to be mobilized to it’s winter position near to the chicken house. The new house for the peafowl has to be built too.

Two Black Copper Marans hens flanking a Marans rooster.  All three are comfortably perched high on a roof rafter.

Two Black Copper Marans hens flanking a Marans rooster. All three are comfortably perched high on a roof rafter.

We should be finished getting ready for winter by spring, at the present rate.

Two Black Copper Marans hens flanking a Marans rooster.  All three are comfortably perched high on a roof rafter.

Two Black Copper Marans hens flanking a Marans rooster. All three are comfortably perched high on a roof rafter.

Check the new ”EGGS” page which is under construction and will be for some time as we try to put down in print all about our hens, how we manage them, what breeds we have, what are objectives are and all about eggs too.  Everything you wanted to know about chickens and eggs but didn’t know to ask.

 

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