March 6, 2017 FARM NEWS

The usual Monday morning view of the garden. Still looking pretty wintery bleak.

The usual Monday morning view of the garden.
Still looking pretty wintery bleak.

Another week closer to spring and though sometimes the weather has been very spring like or better, it soon slips back to being a bit wintery, a bit too cold.  The Killdeer are still around, making their calls while flying about just this morning.   The Tundra swans have been going through over the past two weeks and that is a sure sign of spring weather. Another large flock flew overhead, again this morning and I was able to get some nice photos.

The Tundra swans high overhead this morning on  about a 300 degree heading.

The Tundra swans high overhead this morning on about a 300 degree heading.

We have been very occupied with making maple syrup.  Aerron has about 50 taps or more in place and we have tapped some Black Walnut trees as well.  Hopefully we’ll get some syrup from the walnuts so we can make a comparison to that from the maples.  It is reputed to have a good flavour.  The past few days have been too cold for the sap to run but today’s temperatures are predicted to be about plus six so we’ll likely get some sap.  You ‘ll need approximately 40 wine glasses full of sap to get one wine glass full of syrup.  The other 39 wine glasses full will have been boiled off as water vapour, some of which condenses on our cold windows, but most of which just goes into the atmosphere.

The Walnut forest with several trees, all black walnut, tapped for their sap to make into walnut syrup.

The Walnut forest with several trees, all black walnut, tapped for their sap to make into walnut syrup.

The chickens are liking today as it is pleasant, warmish, very light breeze, sometimes a bit of sun and they can go outside.  When the wind winds cold, I keep the doors shut for their comfort. They would otherwise all just huddle in some sheltered corner of their house.  The ducks are something else again, sometimes being perfectly happy to all hunker down outside in an expose spot with wind howling and the temperature minus a whole lot and snow whipping past them.  Other times they will instead hole up in their house.  They have started to lay eggs again and are laying at a pretty good rate already after only 5 days.

Our backyard chickens. The bird closest is an Ameraucana rooster with a Barnevelder rooster at back left, and several ISA hens and the darker hens are Barnevelder too.

Our backyard chickens. The bird closest is an Ameraucana rooster with a Barnevelder rooster at back left, and several ISA hens and the darker hens are Barnevelder too.

A Black Copper Marans rooster with three ISA hens.

A Black Copper Marans rooster with three ISA hens.

The ducks quakerating around the old water hole which is a small bucket hidden in amongst them.

The ducks quakerating around the old water hole which is a small bucket hidden in amongst them.

The horses, cows and sheep like to lay or stand in a sheltered spot out of the wind and soak up what little sun there might be.  A few more lambs have been born and though we lost a single last week the others are alright.

Leucan, our three year old stallion eating his hay.

Leucan, our three year old stallion eating his hay.

We have not had any progress n the garden but that’s ok for now.  Still need to finish up the green house so it is ready for newly seeded trays of vegetables and herbs and that wil come very soon.  We don’t want to get too far ahead and not be able to transplant when we need to. Winter is marching steadily towards spring.

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2 Responses to March 6, 2017 FARM NEWS

  1. Robert Feagan says:

    Those tundra swans make an incredible formation – wow. Though chickens are still on my list of most-favourite birds — yes, there is a food-related theme there for me.

    • devonacres says:

      tundra swans are magnificent beasts, they lay eggs too, not near so many as chickens, but they are also much less inclined to be friendly to us humans.
      I’d imagine they’d be tasty too!

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