Who knew there would EVER be such a boom on all things poultry these days! Hatcheries are back ordered for weeks or months and it seems everyone with space and allowable city regulations wants a flock!
Happy Earth Day Week Month (what can I say, I’m a slow writer)! We are celebrating with about 20,000 new members to Sourwood Hill. Our two packages of bees arrived last Tuesday morning! I was completely fascinated by them all day, and even video conferenced them in for work.
This will be a short post. I’m tired and it’s been a long weekend. But, they are hatching! We have a flock of Buff Orpington chickens, and I specifically picked orpingtons because they are supposed to be quite broody in nature and friendly. Yet, at a year old, I have had exactly one hen goContinue reading “Buff Orpington Hatch”
Spring may be my favorite time of year. Blooms, sprouts, and longer days! We are wrapping up a project that has been on the to do list pretty much since we moved in: redoing the fence along one of the roadsides that adjoins the main pasture. On the bright side, google told us this stretchContinue reading “Measuring progress in fence posts.”
My husband tells me I cannot go around catching bees one by one and putting them in my hives until I have enough. He sounds wrong, but I guess I’ll believe him.
The first part of the year always seems to drag on and on. Perhaps it is all of the bouts of false springs, or the lack of significant holiday celebration between New Years and Easter. Either way, I always find it hard to get through January until garden season. I know better than to buyContinue reading “Fighting the Winter Doldrums”
We are around the 30 day mark on weaning our first calf, and yesterday, we had to round up everyone else for pregnancy checks (more on that later). Since we only have one holding pen, everyone was reunited in the same space for a while.
Well, on the one hand, cows with spots are adorable. Think Texas Longhorns or British Whites (which I DESPERATELY want!). However, spotty cows are a problem. A few weeks ago, we noticed that one of our cows had rubbed off a lot of hair from under her jaw and on her neck.
December 30th, we separated SirLoin from the herd and he has been in the round pen (not so round any more) getting weaned.
My daily devotional email subscription offered up the following this morning: So trust in the LORD and do good. Live on your land and be dependable. – Psalm 37:3 ERV