In all the work/excitement of doing the farmer's market every weekend and getting lots of crops in and canned, I haven't been blogging the homestead happenings as much. I have heard from you that this is not a good thing...so I will try to get caught back up and let y'all know what's been happening here.
We've had a lot of babies hatched in the past few week. We've had ducks hatching most of the summer, but the mama's were walking them all over the 2 acres that they free-range on, and I think they would get worn out and then we'd "lose" them. However...out of the last clutch of 11, we've had 2 survive and thrive. They are about 6 weeks old now and doing pretty well.
We also had baby chicks hatch in the Asparagus bed about 6 weeks ago. We had 4 hatch, and lost 1 to the water trough. The three that are left are a really good size now. Two look like golden comets, and the other like a barred rock. Then about 2 weeks ago, we had 3 hatch out of a clutch that was being sat on in the nest boxes. Those three look like golf balls still, but two are a golden color and the third is white with brown and looks like the mama Americauna that hatched them.
Our two female guineas sat on a nest that they laid in the middle of the zucchini patch. They had 30 eggs altogether. I wasn't sure if we even had a male guinea (I do!). We had 6 of them hatch. We've lost 2 in the past two days...I think for the same reason as the ducklings. She has them all over the yard. They are growing quickly, so hopefully we won't lose anymore.
Both of the female rabbits "missed" this time as we should be getting bunnies (a week ago). I'll let that go for a few more days and then try them again. We have one female rabbit that has been loose in the yard most of the month. We see her on almost a daily basis and she stays near the front of the barn (or in the grain barn breezeway), but haven't been able to catch her.
We added a new grown turkey hen about 2 weeks ago, so Thanksgiving now has a girlfriend/wife. She is a Bourbon Red turkey and her name is Reba. With Reba, we also received two Runner ducks. Runners are funny to see because they are not down low like regular ducks. They "stand" upright. Boy has named them Trot and Sprint.
With Fall coming on, there are still lots to do around the homestead.
- We need to get the chicken coop ready for winter. This involves (hopefully) putting up a new back wall. Putting plastic up over the windows. Pulling out all the old 'dirt' and putting fresh sawdust in. Putting straw along the walls to help insulate it from the cold. I would also like to put up a better fence to keep them near the coop, rather than on the porch.
- Still harvesting and putting up the tomatoes for the winter. Replanting the few cuttings that do not have blight so maybe I can keep them going in the pump house for a few more months.
- Digging the potatoes. I think that's still about a month away.
- I replanted green beans in July, so those are just starting to come on. They are a big seller at the farmer's market....and we love them too.
- Shoring up the big barn to try to keep it warmer this winter.
- The landlady says they will be coming to put new insulation and siding on the farm house.
- We still have farmer's market until the second Saturday in October.
- Looking for further streams of income as my short term disablity has ended and we're not sure what is going to happen next. I am still only able to do things for short periods of times and then have to rest. My seizures are somewhat under control with medication, but the medication makes me a bit of a zombie. (OK, so I was already an airhead before...this is not a long trip.:) )
- Fall cleaning to get things ready to be stuck in the house for the winter.