This past week has been pretty good weather wise and for a time we have had warmth and little wind and have been pretty comfortable. The animals do well, the chickens have been outside almost more this week than during all the last half of December, the horses appreciate the sun’s warmth as do the cows and sheep though the latter have been inside a bit more than usual lately.
We managed to get the replacement cover on the woodshed and it is firmly in place this time and should be able to stand up to everything short of a hurricane. this will be of enormous benefit as we’ll have more room for wood both for lumber and for firewood and hopefully enough room for doing some woodworking too. It is all very temporary as we intend to take it down when we can next year or the year after and erect a more roomy, better built structure with a more durable cover.
We have been looking at seed catalogues to try to get seed orders sent off as soon as possible. we may need some seeds for seeding as early as next month but most seeds can wait until March before being planted. We have also been looking at what to get for poultry having in mind various chicken breeds for replacements and for different eggs and also to have some birds to be raised for roasters, chicken, duck and turkey. Not a lot, we have to really figure out how much room we need for all of this and where they will all go. we do have some big ideas. We have mainly been looking at what Performance Poultry of Carrying Place, a wee hamlet just to the west of Trenton, has to offer and also Frey’s Hatchery in St. Jacobs. Both of these places are very reputable places to buy poultry from. Frey’s has day olds, started birds and ready to lay hens while Performance Poultry has only day old chicks. Both places have chicken, turkey and ducks and I think guineas though we are not looking to get guineas.
We have also been looking at moving more towards a permaculture farm and to agroforestry. This is something that we have always been wanting to do but just have not been able to do with the pressing needs of the day to day and preparations for each seasons harvest. The amount of grass, hay fields and hedge rows in rural Ontario has been steadily decreasing. We would like to plant more trees of many species, with nut trees and fruit trees being predominate and with various berry bushes and lots of wildflowers. All this means a considerable financial investment from us even when we are doing a relatively small area.