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More Eggs, Visitors, and Other News

May 25, 2010
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Yes­ter­day, we didn’t receive any eggs from our hens, and we started to get con­cerned that per­haps we had pur­chased older ladies who aren’t lay­ing fre­quently. How­ever, today, I found three eggs — one out­side, in one of their sneaky nests-in-the-weeds, and finally, two were right where they belong — in the nest boxes! Yay! I think I may have fig­ured out the key to get­ting them to lay in the boxes. Orig­i­nally, I had only put in the pine shav­ings we use as their bedding/litter through­out the coop. Yes­ter­day, I added straw, and they imme­di­ately became more inter­ested in the boxes, and have been spend­ing quite a bit of time get­ting cozy inside.

Even if these hens are not pro­lific lay­ers, we are surely glad to have adopted them — they have won­der­ful per­son­al­i­ties, and have pro­vided men­tor­ing to all of our younger chick­ens. The new-to-us hens will fol­low us around the yard, chat­ting con­tent­edly along the way, and like to come up to the house when we are inside, look­ing for us and call­ing out. Look at the beau­ti­ful eggs they’ve given us:

We had some vis­i­tors to the farm today, our friend Lisa and the lit­tle girl, Katie, that Lisa and her hus­band Tom have been babysit­ting while Katie’s mother is on vaca­tion. Katie had never vis­ited a farm until today, and she really seemed to enjoy it. She helped me to give the goat girls their ani­mal cracker treats, and was very excited by all of the “roost­ers” (which she decided all of our chick­ens are, ha!) roam­ing around.

My Christ­mas Cac­tus is bloom­ing! It’s never done this out­side of the December/January time frame, and it’s only a cou­ple of flow­ers. I don’t know if this is typ­i­cal for them to bloom through­out the year? I do won­der if it has any­thing to do with the pota­toes I’ve been get­ting ready for plant­ing that are in the win­dowsill in front of it — per­haps they gave off some gas that is encour­ag­ing the flow­ers? What­ever the case, I am enjoy­ing them!

Last night, we tilled the gar­den again, hope­fully for the last time prior to plant­ing. So many weeds had returned, it was just unavoid­able. I know rototill­ing will stir up new weed seeds, too, so per­haps it’s just a race now to get good, desir­able stuff grow­ing in the soil before the weeds take over again. I cer­tainly have enough plants to do some “wide row” plant­ing — which is sup­posed to help elim­i­nate a lot of the need for weed­ing. Because there are so many vegetable/herb plants in a given space, there is sim­ply no room for the weeds to grow. I am really hop­ing for a pro­duc­tive gar­den this year!

One of my projects in the near future is going to be an inven­tory of our chest freezer. I know that there are some items that are unfor­tu­nately past their prime, and need to be pitched. I hate to see waste, but at the same time, hate the con­cept of food poi­son­ing even more. Plus, free­ing up that space is going to be a vital part of being able to pre­serve this year’s har­vest. I have a goal of not hav­ing any­thing I grow going to waste this year.

As a final note, I saw this arti­cle about a cou­ple, for­merly part of the IT world, who now run a dairy goat farm as their busi­ness. We aren’t the only nerd­bil­lies in the world! (Not that I had any doubt.) :)

Here’s to a beau­ti­ful, pro­duc­tive day tomor­row! Until next time…

  • Nick P.

    You are right about a rototiller steer­ing up more weed seeds. What we do is use this wheel hoe to shave the top inch of soil to kill the weeds and not stir up new seeds. Even though it takes a lit­tle mus­cle to push around, it is much less has­sle than fight­ing with the rototiller (and no repair bills). Good luck!

    • Trase

      Thank you for the tip (and the link!) Nick — I’m def­i­nitely going to check that out. :)

  • http://www.viciousaries.com Lisa

    I showed Katie the photo and she lit up, “that’s me and goats!” Thanks for hav­ing us over!

    • Trase

      I’m so glad she remem­bered and has a happy mem­ory of it! Thank you for com­ing over. :) Hope­fully next time, the pool will be ready, espe­cially if it’s as hot as it’s been this week!



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