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