Wednesday, April 30, 2014

30 April 2014 - Farm Report

I'm back after a brief absence to marry off my daughter.  :)  Such a sweet wedding.  Ah.  ...   It's a bit cool on the farm this morning but still a nice day.  We've had a few small showers over the last week but we are so dry.  Maroochy and the chicklets are still in the nursery brooder.  All seem to be doing well.  The coos are grazing peacefully.  Boy will they get a surprise at the end of the month.  Tee hee.  Happy day, y'all!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

24 April 2014 - Farm Report

The hummingbirds are having such a difficult time at the feeder today.  The wind is blowing so hard that they aren't able to hover and the feeder is moving around.  Ever once in a bit, one is able to take advantage of the break in the wind and success!  Yesterday's storm didn't turn out to be much.  We had quite a bit of wind but only a trace of rain.  I'll be running around here like crazy for the next few days as the wedding countdown continues.  Love, from the farm!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

23 April 2014 - Farm Report

Watered the garden today. There's bad weather forecast for this evening tho. Started working on the fence but then ended up putting a cattle panel up makeshift. I need an additional set of hands to work on the fence so it will have to wait until MM can help. Still not quite sure how the big girl got out. Can't find tracks or downed wire that would indicate her path. Did find tracks up near the house tho. Apparently, she did a quite a bit off grazing around.  Thankful she stayed close. Ah, homesteading!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

22 April 2014 - Farm Report

Another lovely day on the farm. I am staying out of the garden (for the most part) this week as we prep for the wedding. I could spend way too much time working out there. Maroochy would really like to take the littles out but they are just so small still. I'm gonna make her wait until next week I think. Cats and dogs are being their usual selves. Greer decided to step over the fence today. She was grazing contentedly in the back yard as I went to put up the chickens. Uh, we have a cow out... It's amazing what a blue bucket with cattle cubes can do. She is back safely in the corral and we have a section of fence that will be worked on tomorrow! 

Monday, April 21, 2014

21 April 2014 - Farm Report

It's a lovely wet day on the farm today. I am thankful for the rain! Everyone is doing well. The dogs are holed up on the front porch. The coos are off grazing as it appears the rain doesn't bother them at all. The chickens also don't seem to care if they are wet. Maroochy and the babies are still safe and dry in the well house. Yesterday as I was cleaning their brooder quarters (Sweet Pea's kennel), I had temporarily moved them to a wire cage. Well, Sweet Pea got too close to the chicks and momma took out after her. Pecking and fluffed up with wings out - she was a sight. Sweet Pea was confused and had to get away. It's nice to know that we have a good momma hen. Oh, and MM saw our first hummingbird on Easter.  Lovin' it on the farm.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

19 April 2014 - Chickens

Here they are... Maroochy and "her" chicks. One spends a lot of time underneath her. She's taking such sweet care of them. It'll be interesting to see what they turn out to be. (Should be all girls.) Any guesses?

Friday, April 18, 2014

18 April 2014 - Chickens

Late yesterday evening, we took Maroochy's eggs and gave her three little fluffy butts. She accepted them and has been busy ever since keeping them warm, talking to them, and just generally showing them how to be good chickens. Sorry, y'all have to wait till tomorrow to get pics. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

17 April 2014 - Farm Report

It's overcast and gray on the farm this morning.  Fits my mood pretty good.  Unfortunately, none of the chicks have hatched and the one heard peeping is silent.  Maroochy, the mama hen, is still very protective of the eggs but I think I'm going to have to take them from her.  If the farm store has some day or two-day old chicks, I can probably get a few for her to raise and slip them to her tonight.  She's been a faithful setter.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

16 April 2014 - Farm Report

YES! We hear baby peeps this morning. Doesn't look like anyone has broken out of a shell and we can't see anything under momma's wings yet but we can hear the faint peeps. Yay! Can't wait to meet the new chickies. It's a windy day but I'm gonna get to planting because there's a chance of rain tomorrow. Have a good day, y'all!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

15 April 2014 - Farm Report

We survived the freeze and woke up to 26 degrees this morning. Some of the plants have been damaged. So much has still not sprouted (and probably wont) but I'm hoping things will still turn out well. Today is day 21 of Chick Hatch 2014. I have yet to hear anything. I'll keep checking off and on today. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

10 April 2014 - Farm Report

Today is our "average last frost date". I just dumped all my seeds in the garden.  Nah, I did put in a few more seeds but Easter hasn't arrived yet so I'm thinking there might be another cold snap sometime in the next 10 days or so. I'll wait till after Easter (and the wedding) to put out my transplants. I mowed the orchard today as one step in getting ready to fill in the spots where trees died and fill in some empty spots that just needed a tree. Oh, I have a white tulip!