There isn’t much going on out in the barnyard right now. It’s the boring time of year, the time of year when I focus on my other love – my Young Living home business We are having one of the coldest winters I can remember and it’s alot of work just keeping up with making sure the animals can survive it. For the most part, they do well in cold weather – they all choose to go outside in temps in the 20-45 degree range as long as it is not too windy. But when it dips below that, they hunker down and wait for me to bring them their meals and warm water. Not spoiled at all…
The goats are growing their baby bellies. Perdy is enormous but I expect just 2 kids. She gets quite tubby and tends to have large offspring. She should be due in about a month.
Cinder is petite and was bred late in the season so she’s not very big yet. I hope she only has one or two because she is not a good mother. I am toying with the idea of bottle feeding her babies so that I don’t have to worry about which one she is going to reject.
The chickens are almost on my last nerve. I have a couple of screechers and they just complain all day long about everything. We also have at least one egg eater. She only eats her own egg, but she does it in the nestbox and it gets all the other eggs all gross. I have not been able to catch it in the act but I will one day – and when that day comes, she will become stew. There is a problem we can’t fix any other way.
Most of them are still laying very well – that is surprising because they are all at least 2 years old and laying hens usually slow down in the second winter. Mine haven’t taken a break at all yet. They will eventually lay less frequently and then the decision has to be made as to who gets replaced with fresh stock.
I figure we will pick up a few chicks at the farm store in the spring. I would like to reduce the overall number of the flock though because chicken feed is really expensive.
We have some hard decisions to make with the rabbits too. I am not looking forward to it. We have one that we can’t breed because all her offspring dies (genetic problems). We have one that does not like the bucks that we have and refuses to procreate in spite of all our efforts. And we have one young one that has been bred 3 times and has not produced. Again, it’s the bottom line – feed is expensive and these large breeds eat alot. If they aren’t producing, then they can’t stay. And they cannot be pets, they are not friendly enough.
I have been struggling with feeling like I want to quit the farm altogether. It’s tiring and this extra cold winter has been rough. I also hate the summer sweltering heat. We can’t go away overnight because there is nobody to help us – that’s one of the pitfalls of urban farming where your neighbors do not appreciate what you do. At this point, we have a dog that keeps us home and we won’t board her – she’s too neurotic. She is old. I think my break from farming will come when the dog passes away. Which could be a very long time from now because she still has puppy energy. Who knows. But I would like to take a vacation with my hubby and kids before they graduate and move away.
That’s how things are right now. Holding steady. Praying for rest and warmer weather.