Whew, January flew by pretty quick. There's just 3 days left on the blanket auction and the odds are most certainly still good with just 2 ladies entered in the raffle. As always, $10 an entry with 3 entries for $20 via the paypal button. This will be the last one of the season so get your entry in quick!
I'm chomping the bit pretty hard, excited to get seed started. My patience is holding tho and I have resisted the urge to just start hundreds of plants immediately. LOL, Scifi would be laughing at me now, teasing me about my lack of self control. Of course, I would retaliate quick with pictures of all my baby bunnies! Hehehehehe She'd give me that rolled eyes, sarcastic reply thing and tell me to shaddup, LOL
The house chickens need to go outside! Oh, they're sneaky and messy. Thankfully, they stay right there near the food and water without travelling too far out onto the wood floor. Never thought chickens were very smart but these seem to have trained easily. I'm excited about getting them out and into the new coop as soon as the weather breaks. Shouldn't be too much longer. My new farm partner is pretty happy that they're barred rock chickens, he seems to favor those over other common farm chicken breeds. I hate to tell him about all the Austrlorps I plan on getting in March, LOL I'll just wait until he says "what are these?" and I just laugh about it. Silly man, Austis are better layers, are better Mammas and make a better meal! Hehehehehe
The farm is a muddy mess. It's always like this right before spring tho. The freeze/thaw and freeze again thing always turns the walkways and barnlot into a sloppy mess. Soon it will warm up, dry up and I can get the gardens turned. Always feels like a renewal when spring comes. I guess, in a way, it really is a renewal.
Lil Sister seems to be getting a bit better every day now. She's not quite up to snuff yet but past the danger zone. Fluffy kidded while I was at work and her baby was dead when I found it. Not sure what happened since I wasn't there. So, 0 for 2 this year. The spotted Nubian billy didn't put any spots on either of the 2 lost kids and he's already gone back to the man I got him from so I'm hoping Delta has a billy for me this time around. She's not appearing to be close to kidding so I won't know what's what for a bit longer. Oh, side note on Fluffy, her mastitis came back and I'm working on clearing that up now. She's much easier to milk this time around than she was last spring. Soon as she figured out I was relieving the pressure for her, she suddenly became okay with the whole "let's milk ya" thing. She's even easy to medicate this time around. Hmmm, maybe she just "grew up".
So, now I've got one milking. Not quite as good as Sis but decent enough. Goats milk soap making will be on the agenda very soon!
Now I'm off to go get something constructive done on my only day off this week.......
Hiking in January
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