December 19, 2016 Farm News

The usual Monday morning view of the garden. A good deep snow covering on the garden.

The usual Monday morning view of the garden. A good deep snow covering on the garden.

The three Kale rows are getting to be more and more covered in snow.

The three Kale rows are getting to be more and more covered in snow.

The week past was quite trying because of the weather.  Lots of snow plugging up our laneway and strong winds blowing it about though surprisingly the drifting did not seem too bad.  Then on top of all that it was very cold, still is today and predicted to be so again tomorrow before thing warm up a bit. We therefore had to burn a lot more wood to try to keep the temperature up but that is difficult with the wind and cold especially at night.

Devon and a snow 'flake' down at the barn helping Aerron.

Devon and a snow ‘flake’ down at the barn helping Aerron.

A little over a week ago Aerron was working covering the garlic with leave mulch and compost.

A little over a week ago Aerron was working covering the garlic with leave mulch and compost.

We have not been able to do any more work spreading compost or straw mulch on the garden because of the snow.  Today we had 14 of the large round bales of hay delivered and put into the barn so that is a good job done. We were nearly out of hay so it came just in time. We’ll likely need another 30 bales to get all the hay burners through to pasturing time which will be sometime in May.  Just when in May will depend on how cool or warm the spring turns out to be.

The four little kittens are  not so little now.  the are on the front porch in the sun out of the wind and arte very warm there.

The four little kittens are not so little now. the are on the front porch in the sun out of the wind and arte very warm there.

All the animals are doing alright though the chickens are a bit stressed by the cold and the egg lay rate has dropped off  a little bit from what we’d like. We have been keeping their doors closed all day and night this past week because of the cold, wind and the general gloomy days.  None of the chickens want to go out and the open door just cools the hen house down even more.

From the left; an older ISA hen, a grey Silkie rooster and a Barred Rock hen at the feed bucket.

From the left; an older ISA hen, a grey Silkie rooster and a Barred Rock hen at the feed bucket.

We have had to deal with frozen pipes and a frozen hose that was not drained. All thawed out now but frozen pipes are a real nuisance and make a lot more work for us.

Leaucan at 2 1/2 years old is a good looking well proportioned horse though he will be a little smaller than we'd have expected.

Leaucan at 2 1/2 years old is a good looking well proportioned horse though he will be a little smaller than we’d have expected.

 The ducks out swimming in the snow.

The ducks out swimming in the snow.

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