Just a few days ago I got a Timehop notification. When I pulled it up I was pleasantly surprised. It was an April 2013 garden/farm recap. I talked about how the chickens, goats, and garden were doing. It was so interested to read about what had been happening. Needless to say, that is what has inspired this blog post! Thankfully I've taken notes, and shared updates on Facebook so I can go back and get everything in a somewhat cohesive timeline! I plan to do these updates the first of every month (yea right, I'm already late with May!)
(Note: February 21 Lucy kidded a single buckling; Buckwheat <3 )
March 3rd, at 6:40 AM, Juniper kidded triplets. One didn't make it. She had a very slow labor, starting about 4 PM the following day. I'm glad I ended up being with her because she was so exhausted she wouldn't get up. I pulled her babies up to her, and she started cleaning them almost immediately. It was really cold, but the kids did great!
On March 10th we ordered a batch of 75 meat birds. They arrived March 20th, and we ended up with 78. We were using a large reptile enclosure we found on the side of the road (so classy). The humidity was too much however, so we built another large brooder. It turned out EXCELLENT. Big enough to accommodate everyone, and low enough I can reach in easily.
I started milking Lucy fairly soon after she kidded. Buckwheat wasn't nursing things evenly, or enough. I didn't have any problem milking, though I could not do it two hands at a time at first! Lucy took to being milk really well, and we only had an incident or two. Juniper was an absolute nightmare on the stanchion. She kicked/stomped, knocked the milk over, and just general huffed and puffed and threw a big fit. I had to tie one of her back legs up for a bit. I tried to keep as patient as possible, but really did consider selling her! Then one morning, she was absolutely perfect...and has been ever since! March 23rd, I started making cheese. I made a batch of mozzarella and chevre. The chevre turned out great! I ended up making it into a log and rolling it in basil and tomato I dehydrated from last years garden. Yum! The mozzarella didn't turn out right, however it was quite tasty! By March 27th I could milk two handed!
(The first week of February I started all my seeds indoors.)
March 27th I planted collards, swiss chard, spinach, kale, lettuce, beets and radishes. Everything but the beets and radishes were done in our Back to Eden style garden bed. My wood chips were a little thick in areas, but it worked well regardless!
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My name is Monica, I'm passionate about farming, food, and the humane treatment of livestock.