Little Farm in the Big Woods

spring fever

Friday, March 20, 2015 1:58 PM

Well, the last few weeks have seen some big changes around our little farm!  I’ve started planting some veggie seeds, as well as some fodder for the animals,in pots and window boxes, so I can bring them inside in case it gets below freezing. :) We also bought some “goat pasture” seed to scatter around our yard to help with feeding our animals free-range.

We processed our turkeys a couple weeks ago, and now they’re resting comfortably in our freezer.  :)  As much as we enjoyed our turkeys’ fun personalities and sounds, we decided that turkeys are just not right for us at this time.  They cost quite a bit to maintain, and without giving much in return, and they were also pretty rough on our chickens.  We came out several mornings to bloody chickens, so we decided something had to be done, before we started losing chickens.  Plus they were just the right age for processing!

We ordered our first ducklings a few weeks back, and they came a few days ago.  They are soooooo cute!  We ordered 10 Welsh Harlequin Ducks because they’re supposed to be good layers, that also produce good meat, and they’re calm, quiet, friendly birds.   Since we were going to be brooding the ducklings anyway, we decided to go ahead and add some more chickens to our flock, and we picked up 10 chicks at the feed store a few days before the ducklings arrived.  We’re keeping them separate right now, to make sure that nobody is sick, but we’re hoping that in the next week or so, we can put them all together in one cage with one heat lamp.

Also, some really exciting news - our two goats are getting pretty chubby!   Woohoo!  Looks like they are indeed pregnant.  What a relief!  We’ve got about 7 weeks until Rosemary’s due date, and then another 2 weeks until Sadie’s.  I can’t wait!  I think baby season is definitely the best time of year.  :D

In the next few weeks, we’re planning to get more of our yard fenced off so we can let the animals out to free range.  I can’t wait to look out my window and see our animals out playing in the yard.  :)  

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