It has been a while since I posted anything. We had grown to 40 sheep. In anticipation of higher feed prices due to mid west flooding, we sold 20 sheep. All great sheep but the market was not very good. It may be worse later when the feed prices really go up. I hope we stay ahead of the curve enough to have wool and some meat sheep for sale. Dee is looking forward to the Harford PA Fiber Festival.
We have 10 lambs now mostly male. Brown and Black. Three more ewes to deliver. Let us know of your preferences.
This morning April 11, 2015, Saturday. 4 new lambs were born 2 to Cocoa and 2 to Arie. Everyone is doing fine. Arie having a little trouble accepting her first one as he wondered off while she was having the second one.
The ducks are doing fine this morning even if there heater light was on when I let them out. They took to the 25* weather fine.
The chickens were great also. The new water heater didn’t keep thing perfect at the outside temp of 9* and had some ice that quickly melted when I took it in. I was able to return it to service quickly. Now I just have to figure a way to impove the heater situation. This one is a bottom 50 watt heater.
Plan for the day will be to add some wall insulation down low and clean around the heater pan. Splitting a little wood so the fence row wood can be burned here in the Russian wood stove. We don’t burn a lot but it makes the house very comfortable and reduces the LP gas bill some. Then ofcourse it gets rid of the fence row wood without having to burn it in a pile or burying it. Preparing for the colder weather to follow will be checking on the animals living quarters. I think all is in order, but you know that is when something goes bad.
Peace and Good Fortune to ALL!
Two weathers (fixed males) will be ready to go to the butchers in Dec 2014. One is 18 months and the other is 7 months. They are having the time of their lives right now jumping on the round bail.
We have separated the lamb rams (neutered) to their own pen. They are eating grass all the time with a couple oz of feed twice a day to make sure they get all the nutrition they need. We are planning for them to be sold for butchering by late Nov.
Today we finish cleaning their stall and move on to other chores.
The two hives of Bees are doing fine and hope they are planning on a cold winter as I am. Better prepared than not.
One duck had a close call with a hawk yesterday. His head took the brunt of the fight. He looks a little sore around the bill and drink water very carefully. When we scared off the hawk, we brought him into the house and gave him a penicilin shot right away. Cleaned him up and kept him in our duck hospital over night. He seems to ready to try and deal with the world on a very gentle bases.
With Most respect – Spice O’Life Farm – Steve