Thursday, March 1, 2012

February's over? Really?

So it's been a crazy month since I last posted. I'm holding a newly 3-month-old baby in my arms as I type this, so I'll make it short and sweet.

We got a new puppy! He's a Great Pyrenees named Smokey. He should be a great addition to the farm, guarding the livestock from predators... once he grows into his paws a bit.

We got new bunnies! After 3 unsuccessful attempts with one female rabbit, I finally bought another female from a local flea market and bred her right away. She gave birth to 7 babies, and we processed the unproductive female, who now lives snuggly in our freezer.

The baby chicks are growing up quickly, and we haven't lost one yet (which is a record for me and chickens after a month). Most of them are Cornish Rocks or Cornish X, and let me tell you... those birds are jerks. I've heard it so many times before (and I've raised Cornish before, but forgot), but once these meat birds get to proper weight, you just can't wait to get them out of your flock and into your freezer. They're messy, lazy, aggressive, and greedy.

And probably the best news of the month: we have new baby goats! Vanilla (our white Pygmy) gave birth to 2 kids on February 23rd. Both kids are doing great, and if that wasn't enough... Coco is literally in labor as I write this! She's been struggling since last night, so I hope all is well, but she should be giving birth any time today.

As for the rest of the month, I also built a milking stand, sided the pig house with metal roofing, and began the new chicken coop I'm building inside the barn.

I'll *try* not to wait another month before posting again, but, well, you know how it goes.

1 comment:

  1. I wanted to add something constructive to this about homesteading or farming as I usually do, but all I could do was look at that picture of the chickens and the Harley Davidson logo and think "Biker Chick"