Since the last post...let's see...:
-we got our water system all set up. 1000 gallons of storage means we don't have to worry about our slow well!
-we got 9 turkey poults (10, but one died right away). They're a mix of Bronze, Royal Palm and Blue Slate - all interesting looking breeds. They should be tasty for Thanksgiving and Christmas!
Turkeys are currently living in what we thought was a tear-down coop - but what turned out to be quite nice inside to use as a brooder. That's Magpie's twin and her 4 chicks behind Abby.
I had been letting the turkeys out into that little attached yard but there must be a hole that needs patching. The turkeys got out and ran into a pile of cut branches while my parents were visiting...luckily we caught 8 of them and the 9th came out of hiding and made his own way back to the coop when we stopped trying to catch him.
-we filled our freezers with delicious broiler chickens
-we brought our 4 piggies to slaughter. This transport went a whole lot better since we got that trailer working and the pigs ran right into it for the blueberry danish I bought them. We'll miss those guys on the farm. It's never easy, but we didn't let ourselves get attached.
They tilled up our moss for us! Now we have to lime it and reseed it, but we aren't sure whether to wait until fall or not.
-we cleared a huge section of the pond. It's surprisingly beautiful behind all that shrubbery! It's less mucky than I thought it would be and the dogs are having a blast swimming.
Err this is the cleared pond. You can't really tell from this photo....
This is also the half-eaten grow bed since the goats got to it.
-I visited Erika and her kids at a beautiful almost beach-front cabin a few hours away - it was a nice vacation night! Their family is coming for a visit this Friday to celebrate Loic's 5th (!!!) birthday surrounded by animals :)
-we had my parents and sister visit this past weekend and they were a huge help with everything
-while they were here, we took advantage of their farm sitting abilities one night and went to a 70s themed barn dance. It was a lot of fun! (Nathan ended up adding a tye dyed shirt to his costume after we complained that it looked too 'normal').
-we have tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and basil! The chickens are slowing the lettuce and carrots since they keep getting in and digging them up!
-we found the nicest spot to swim in the river and Zoey started swimming, too!
-Zoey got spayed and completely stopped hoarding sock babies. Phew.
-we planted 2 apple trees and a plum tree...and have been attempting to guard them from the naughty goats.
-we've tried to separate the goats from the sheep so that they can take advantage of all of the brush that's around oh...probably 10 times now. They've thwarted every attempt with their ear splitting crying and fence jumping. They love their sheep friends.
-I painted the backsplash tiles in the kitchen. Way more exciting than it sounds!
Oh and house chicken continues to make every attempt to be a house chicken.