May 22, 2017 FARM NEWS

The usual Monday morning view of the garden. again this week not a lot of change is obvious

They are in their ready to panic mode. They all move together. the more upright ones are called runners but not so obvious which they are in this photo.

A week full of side tracks.  A flat tire on the manure spreader had to be fixed as we needed the spreader to haul compost to the garden.  It took a lot of time to get it jacked up and the wheel off, the locking pin was stuck and needed a bit of persuasion.  We drove the wheel over to Campbell Tire for repair and the next day at noon had to go over to fetch it.  They did a good job on a really old wheel and tire. Then rains kept us from drawing the spreader up the hill. And we had to spend two days finishing up the newest hen house. It was all kind of temporarily and weakly rigged and a raccoon managed to get in and nearly walked off with a chicken. Aerron heard the squawking and raced to the rescue. Just barely in time and the chicken survived.  But the hen house is now secure … for sure this time. We had an incident too when Aerron again responded to loud squawking at the front hen house and racing to the scene of the crime heard a loud crashing as a piece of wooden fencing was knocked down.  Whatever nabbed the chicken and knocked down the fence, had heard Aerron coming and, ditching its prize, our hen, and disappeared  down into the trees. With his flashlight, Aerron could see a pair of eyes down there. We’re guessing it was likely a lion or tiger escaped from the African lion Safari, a grizzly bear or … even more likely, actually quite probably; a coyote. This time the chicken died.  It was a chicken that had been inadvertently locked out and it was on the outside of it’s enclosure. Not a good place for a chicken as night falls. Easy lunch for a coyote. So we are being a little more careful to get all the birds locked up well before dark.

The tray of Chinese cabbage that we had in last week’s blog has grown considerably.

Newly germinated lettuce trays and the also growing woodpile in behind.

Chickens, ducks and Kari Bishop’s beehives.

And then it was way too windy on Saturday and way too rainy on Sunday.  We were still plugging away doing things but were somewhat restricted in what we could get done.  So this past week, when we should have been getting a lot planted, we didn’t. Going to have to be extra very busy this coming week.

Three little chicks, different breeds. Notice the heavily feathered legs and feet in the nearest chick.

Three little chicks, different breeds. Notice the heavily feathered legs and feet in the nearest chick.


Just a few of the chicks. There are 11 different breeds here of lots of differing shapes, sizes, leg and feather colours.

he four footed beasties; horses, cows, sheep, cats and dog are all just fine.  No unneeded excitement with them, and we don’t want any. Everyone is happy on pastures which are pretty good which is just as well as we are now out of hay.  This was a good wet week and we needed that as things were getting a bit dry, nothing near serious, but still a good soaking about once a week is perfect to keep things growing really nicely.  This year is so far a big improvement on last spring when it was much colder and was much drier. And it got much drier still as spring moved to summer.  Still a little cold so far but not too bad and will be alright if it keeps gradually warming.

The ducklings are all gathered beneath a young apple tree doing their preening, having a snooze and chattering amongst themselves.

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