|A day old quail.|
The first thing we did was send our egg layers to the butcher. I am still secretly a little sad - I miss their little personalities. After cleaning out the coop and making some modifications by adding more nesting boxes and opening up a door between it and the next-door-coop for more space we were ready to move the new egg layers in. They've spent the summer in the Jesus Tomb on the far side of the barn so we've had to lock them in for a few days. Hopefully when we do let them out they will remember that THIS is home.
Chickens are REALLY hard to count...they just don't stand still! We really had no idea how many of our chicks had survived the summer because some of them would just walk under the fence and disappear - probably eaten by some predator. Our final count yesterday was 58. Oh dear. We started with 100. If we include the rooster that didn't go to the butcher and a few ready-to-lay hens we bought a few weeks ago we now have just under 70 egg layers. That's still about 5 dozen eggs a day on average. We will need some more customers in November when the laying goes into full swing!!
|Momma and two of her lambs.|
We added to our flock last week by purchasing a new pregnant ewe. Juliette is a pure bred Canadian. She's all white and looks very similar to our other ewes except she lacks the burr decoration that all of them are sporting since we opened up the new paddock and didn't cut the burdock plants down before we let them in. Ack. Burrs and sheep's wool don't mix!
Mr. Sheepie is on vacation! He went to visit a friends farm for a few weeks so they can have cute little Mr. Sheepie babies this winter. He was not to thrilled about leaving the girls here. Thankfully he comes with two handy handles - his horns - and we were able to load him into the wooden box in the back of Farmer Henk's van without too much trouble. Lydia went to the farm to visit him but he just ignored her - I guess he's sulking!!
|Just hatched quail.|
The other switch we made was moving the quail to a new pen. We have 8 in total and since the babies are now full grown we decided to move them into the same cage and reduce our cleaning chores. I'm still not completely happy with their made-over-rabbit-cages but I'll have time over the winter to see if I can come up with a better idea. Also in the pen is Madeline. The kids have different names for her. Poor Madeline-The-Chicken fell head-first into a chicken feeder and broke her leg earlier this summer. I didn't have the heart to do-her-in so we put her on her own in the quail pen (but not in their cage) I think she's a little lonely because she seems very happy to see us each morning.. She hops around on one leg and doesn't mind being snuggled. Chickens can be very mean to each other - especially when one of them is injured. She's on her own for her own protection but we are hoping to find a loner chicken to keep her company - one that won't peck!!
|Some of our kitties.|
We have 1 momma and 4 almost full grown kittens right now. All of them are farm-smart meaning they know how to survive outdoors. I am worried about the new cat. I give her points for her long journey home but I am worried she won't last. If you only knew what I was thinking...
We've been having trouble with mice this fall - like never before. I swear they're the smartest mice around. They eat the bait right off the traps and scurry away none the worse for wear. I am getting tired of cleaning up after them. Thankfully I have almost all my food stuffs in mouse proof containers but I am surprised at the places the little-buggers get in to.
Can you see how my mice problem and this new de-clawed cat come together. Me too. I wonder how the cat will feel about baths because that's the only way this is going to work. I've never had a cat in my life - I've always been more of a dog person. Generally cats make me sneeze and having been attacked by Sunshine-the-black-psycho-cat has left me with a niggling distrust of purr-pots. I'm not sure what to do but I have to decide by this afternoon when the cat arrives!!
So just for the record we have:
70 egg layer chickens
and 1 very happy and spoiled rotten dog named Levi.
It's a wonderful life!!
|Levi the wonder dog.|