Weather & Flowerbeds
Except for the freezing weather at the beginning of December, we’ve had a very mild winter unlike much of the U.S. It hasn’t even rained as much as usual.
Many mornings we wake to a bit of frost and ice in the pond, but that’s about it for our chilly days.
Even with the mild weather, I still haven’t found much time to get out & do winter maintenance on the flowerbeds. Darn it! And, my spring bulbs are already starting to poke through.
I did move a rotting log out of one of the flowerbeds and found a pile of slug eggs. Slugs have a job to do, but they eat way too many flowers, plants & veggies for me to be a fan of them.
Unfortunately, we had a chicken get nabbed in broad daylight by a bobcat.
Our newest chicken.
He’s in quarantine for a couple weeks to make sure he doesn’t have any diseases that might spread to the rest of our flock.
Brad Pitt, our RIR rooster died this month. We’re not sure why. As luck would have it, though, a kid in town needed to get rid of his 10 month old cockerel. So, we took him & now have a new blood line for our RIR babies. I’m thinking the new guy’s name should be Brad Pitt 2.
One of the coops needed a little repair work.
Farm Kid2 helped Farmer John clean the coop with his 4-H chickens.
We rearranged many of the chickens, changing which coop they are in & sometimes which rooster they are with.
The ladies have been on such a weird laying pattern. Or really, it’s a lack of pattern. Some weeks they are laying well & some weeks not as well.
The ducks took a laying break for a few months, but now they’re back at it.
We put our first batch of eggs this year in the incubator. I’m only expecting about half of these to start developing, but maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised. Some of the eggs got quite cold & some are from chickens that just started laying. So, we will have to wait & see.
Farmer John’s trying out a new method of starting seeds – a heated germination pad.
The greenhouse is finally being built!!!
Farmer John brought home 3 275 gallon food grade totes. We will use them for our new aquaponics system. I can’t wait to try it!
Good Ol’ Country Living
This is my favorite photo from this month. It says so much about our family.
It’s been an uneventful, yet busy first month of the year. I’m excited to see which direction our chicken raising business goes & to try out all our new ways to grow food.