Thursday, April 4, 2013

Digging in the Dirt

We are having a very late spring here in the Ozarks. This time I usually have beds done and planted. Everything seems to be taking its time to bloom this spring. Even the bugs are not out yet to feed my chickens. But the grass is green again and growing in our pastures. Soon we can let our horses have some fresh green grass again. We have not had green grass since the beginning of summer last year. The drought  was so bad all our plants died.This year I am hoping for more rain and happier plants.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

March Hatching

Here is Ump, the cat, watching over our 2 brooder box hatchlings. Our hen hatched them but did not leave her nest, so I moved them indoors. I usually have 1-3 hatches to restock for our farm each year.

The chicks got much bigger and I moved them out of tubs and  into a used leaky stock tank. You can see I added a stuffed Olivia pig in their with them. Soon their pin feathers were emerging and the dust level tripled inside my kitchen.

After almost a month it was time to get them outside into the coop. The smell of 8 chicks get stronger no matter how many times you change the litter. Chicks smell, end of story.

I had 7 hens and one rooster in this hatch. Now all of them are in the coop learning how to grow up into productive poultry for our farm. Ours are a mix of Americana, Cuckoo Marans, Rhode Island Reds and the always present Leghorns. Every year we get a new rooster to add new blood to the mix. This year we will add some bantam hens for hatching, Americana's for blue eggs, and some perhaps Cornish cross roosters for meat.

A Great Read

I am reading a great book for our times called Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly. It is not just for Catholics but for anyone who wants some real answers to living a genuine life in these times. If you just read the Prologue you will be hooked. Matthew is a great writer for this broad subject for many walks of life.  He is clear in his chapters and has a lot of good information about living in our current times. It is hard to put this book down. Anyone wanting to find answers to life, give this book a try. You won't be disappointed. You can also get a free copy here plus the shipping.