My Certified Naturally Grown application has been turned in and awaiting approval. My inspection is tentatively scheduled pending my new job’s work schedule (hello farm store discount!).
Sunflower, squash, tomato, and pea seeds have sprouted. Too bad I didn’t get the wood for the beds yet. Yikes. Not sure what I was thinking other than I can’t wait to get the plants going.
Anne’s possible birth window opens soon (previous owner didn’t keep track). The lamb will be retained. We still have to get a raptor-proof lambing jug up.
Chicken and turkey coop building will be right after so I can order chickens and turkeys. I’m not sure if we’ll stick with Bourbons. I may check the Livestock Conservancy and go with an endangered breed.
I’m looking at new marketing materials since most of mine were created for Maine.
Getting a storm shelter is high on the list after we had to sit through 30 pmh sustained winds with tornado watches a week ago.
I’ve had to get a job, so any hours we have will be by appointment only once we get started again. I’ve joined TOFGA, and we are looking at greenhouse ideas. Strictly low budget. I’m leaning towards a hoop house like we did with the shelters.
Ann adjusted fairly well to her new home, and Amy is happy as a clam. She’s still skittish around me, but will come to me if Amy does. However, she won’t let me touch her so I can’t feel for lamb movement. I’ll have to get my son out to help me. We’re discussing going back and buying the other ewes she had for sale. The goats are still eating Amy’s wool, so a separate area is moving up the “must do” list.
Our neighbor put the land next to us up for sale. This is the land we tried to buy, but he bought it first. I’m hoping we can get a down payment together, and buy it when he drops the price in February. It’s doubtful, but it won’t hurt to try.
We’re trying to decide how to lay out the chickens and turkeys in relation to the rest of the place. We miss having our feathered friends and plan to replace them asap. We’re okay on some eggs for now, but my soy-sensitive daughter is joining us in the spring, so we need them in place by then.
The goats keep escaping and getting into the neighbor’s pasture of cattle. Not a good way to build relations. We’ve put temporary fencing up to block the barbed wire that they army crawl under (seriously amusing to watch a 110 pound goat army crawl). The adults haven’t gotten out again but the kids have. We’re literally piling things in front of any suspected holes to block them. So far they’re winning.
We arrived in Texas at the end of October. We built temporary shelters for the sheep and goats, plus added a temporary shed to cover hay and other things we needed to store like grain bins and outdoor tools. It has held up fairly well to the wind. Rebuilding will be slow, getting utilities hooked up is a lot more expensive than expected, and I’ve already gotten a list started for the trailer on the next trip down to Texas. Those still in Maine are doing well.
We’ll be building a chicken coop soon along with a run. A new sheep was exposed to a ram prior to purchase, so we may have our first birth starting in February. The previous owner didn’t keep track, so it will be interesting. She was exposed October to December. We need to build a lambing jug with a protective overhang. There are a lot of hawks and owls around. We’ve already had coyotoes up to the fence. All the animals roam during the day but are locked up at night. Amy is glad to have company again.
The weather has sometimes rivaled Maine. Snow is expected on Saturday with a low of 19. We’re not happy, but that’s the way life goes. We’re hoping the tanks on the camper don’t freeze. I’m wishing I brought my heated buckets, but without electricity they wouldn’t work anyhow. That’s pretty much it for now.
Everything other than goat sales is on hold. We have an initial move date for myself, our middle son, two dogs, the goats and sheep to move down to the land. I will be concentrating on getting the disastrous, overloaded house organized, decluttered and packed.
Someone jump-started the hens, and they went from 1 or 2 eggs every other day to 4-7 every day. It looks like a good time to restart egg sales. Even if I get down to our land, the adult children staying behind will continue selling eggs. We may have to put a mini-fridge outside and go to the honor system. It’s a common thing around my area, and most people are really good about it.
One doe is still up in the air. Figuratively for you literal people. Two does are confirmed bred: Cedar*Run Drops of Jupiter ( FF- due last week of April), and Cedars of Lebanon Fortuitous (Tuiti – due first week of April). Poor Tuiti is quite wide. I’m praying shes got a couple of does in there, and they aren’t planning on a pretzel delivery. Loki is still keeping us guessing. I’m betting I decide she isn’t, and I’ll walk outside and find kids running around that I know weren’t there the night before. She’s stubborn like that.
As of right now, we are not raising turkeys or meat chickens this year, nor are we putting in a garden If I can’t get the goats down south before temps get into the 80s on my travel route, I will have to wait until Fall. Seriously, would you want to be stuck in a trailer on highways for 3 days and 2 nights in the summer with no air conditioning? That saga is being posted on my main blog.
I didn’t know what I was doing, and made my original FB farm page under “local business”. I didn’t realize how restrictive it could be. I’ve redone it and will be merging it with the new Facebook page on the 12th or 13th. Making it through a personal profile gives me more freedom. Head on over and like the new page. The likes from the old page are supposed to carry over to the new page when I do the merge. They won’t show up until then, but we’ll see. Facebook can be a bit touchy. I’m currently switching content over from the old to the new. I’ve been warned I will lose all my posts on the old page.
Fall has arrived once again. Except for goats, all sales are over. We sold the last of our processed chickens and the hens are molting and have stopped laying. By the time they’re done the days will be short and cold, so they’re done for the year.
The garden is slowly stopping production. The herb garden is done, and the grapevines are shedding leaves. Everything is going to sleep for the coming winter.
We also lost our elderly mouser to Lymphoma on Friday. He was 19ish and would wait for hours for a mouse to come out of a hole. He loved to lay with people and gave the dogs as good as he got. His season is over. This is the second pet we’ve lost this past year.