Saturday, March 9, 2013

9 Mar 13: Saturday Farm Report

55 degrees on the farm this morning with overcast skies. Along the day we've gotten about 3/8 inch of rain. We were able to put in a couple of rows with radishes, lettuce, carrots, and more lettuce. Baby chicks are doing what they do. Big chicks are wet. And we have spring blossoms!

Friday, March 8, 2013

8 Mar 13: Morning Farm Report

50 degrees and mild on the farm this morning. Baby chicks are growing fast. Wing feathers are starting to come in and there are a few tail feathers sticking out now. Seedlings are coming along fine. We were able to put in 48 feet of green pea seed yesterday. And the pace begins to pick up! Spring is coming.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

7 Mar 2013: Morning Farm Report

35 degrees this morning. Not quite as cold but still a little windy. Baby chicks are doing well. Their wing feathers are starting to come in. Wow, they grow so quickly. Ordered replacement chicks for the dark colored ones we lost. They won't be here until May. Seedlings are doing well. Sweet potato slips are still tiny. Started a second round of pepper and eggplant seeds. Quarantined dog is so excited when she has a couple moments of freedom with one of us. She got away from me yesterday and went on a hunt. Fortunately she was only gone about 10 minutes. A seed order arrived yesterday. Yay! Only have a few more things to come in. It's a day to rejoice and know that God has seen my troubles and has set me in a safe place.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

6 Mar 13: Morning Farm Report with Previous Day Summary

22 degrees on the farm this morning under clear skies with light winds. Seedlings are really putting on the new leaves. Sweet potato slips have roots. Flats are ready for new seeds. Chickens are out but staying close to the hen house. The one dark chick that was struggling yesterday did not make it through the night. The remaining baby chicks are huddled together under the brooder lamp staying warm. Quarantined dog is still not happy but she is obedient. Life on the farm is good.

Yesterday's summary - Little momma hen turned on her dark colored babies through the night.  She had killed all but two by the time we got to her in the morning.  38 was just too many chicks for her to handle.  Lesson learned.  We removed her from the chicks and placed her back in the chicken run.  We nursed one dark chick through the day.  By mid afternoon, a hawk had taken out little momma.  This was an animal husbandry fail on our part.  She had been away from the flock for basically a month and she had just been separated from her chicks.  She wasn't able to watch out for herself.  Lesson learned.  The struggling chick didn't make it through the night.  Sad day for the farm.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

5 Mar 13: Morning Farm Report

Morning Report: 32 degrees this morning, very windy at this time. The seedlings are doing well and it's time to start another round. We were able to put in 2 rows of potatoes yesterday as well as prepping 2 rows for garden peas. Bad news - Yeva turned on all the dark colored chicks during the night. We lost all but 2 of them and one is not doing well. We removed her from the brooder. The remaining light colored chicks seem to be doing well. Ah, the lessons of farming. I know God is teaching me through this.

Monday, March 4, 2013

4 Mar 13: Morning Farm Report

Seedlings are coming along well. Several tomatoes have their first set of true leaves and are putting on more. Eggplant is still not sprouted. Peppers are slowly coming along. Quarantined dog is not happy but she'll get to play in the garden today. Baby chicks arrived from the hatchery and we stressed Yeva by giving them to her. She settled down really quickly. Now they are just one big family. SOOOO CUTE!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

2 Mar 13: Morning Farm Report

21 degrees this morning on the farm.  Still cold.  Seedlings doing well.  Two baby chicks in the nest this morning.  :)  Waiting on roots from the sweet potatoes.  Now wondering if it's time to start the morning glories?

Friday, March 1, 2013

1 Mar 13: Morning Farm Report:

24 degrees, sunny, light winds, cold.  Seedlings are coming along fine. Still waiting on some eggplants to show. The dog in heat has been quarantined. Yeva is keeping her eggs warm. The remaining chickens are scratching and doing. The garden soil is not quite ready to work. It's too wet and cold to pull a rake through. It's another inside work day.


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