Ready for winter

Posted on November 20, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |

The weather angels were were smiling on me Sunday.  We had a dry day and I was able to move both duck houses and the egg mobile to the dry pasture without getting stuck in the mud.  After today’s heavy rain, that would not have been possible.  In the early afternoon, I moved the egg mobile about 80 feet to the gate.  I just wanted to know if I could get through the standing water without getting stuck.  Luckily, that worked.  Next, all I had to do is come back at sunset to close in the chickens.  Right around 4:15pm, they all came walking zombie-like toward their house.  Otherwise, there is no herding or hurrying chickens like you can do with ducks.  Luckily it was still light out when the last chicken went up the ramp.  I closed it and moved them to the front pasture where it is dry.  Had to turn the headlights on the tractor when I returned it to the barn.

I got all the four-legged creatures in the pasture with the barn and big run-in shelter.  The sheep tend to use the run-in shelter and the cows like to loaf around in the barn. Bo (the Great Pyrenees/Maremma cross dog) has his little entrance to the hay storage area where he likes to sleep.  I also checked and double-checked all the gates to make sure everyone stays where they are supposed to be.

So my only other winter chore is to process my remaining older laying hens to make room for the new Black Australorps in the egg mobile.  They will start laying in January.  I’ve processed about half of my older laying hens and have been making wonderful soups, chicken pot pie and chicken enchilada casserole.

With all my new chickens and ducks, I’ll have lots of eggs and duck eggs next year.

Now for winter, I will be kicking back with all the seed catalogs and dreaming about a beautiful garden next year.  My newly planted garlic is already coming up!

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Welcome winter! and day dreams about the Spring planning!!

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