Last Day of February

Ever have one of those months where all you can think is “holy shit, I made it!”??
Yep, that was February for me.

But today is the last day, I’m almost ready to fire up the grow lights…
So I’m sending Hubby out on a mission tomorrow. Because my stand for growing seedlings isn’t big enough.
And I always end up with some in the library window, with a hanging lamp that doesn’t have enough light to keep the plants from getting long and leggy before planting.
Thanks to the google, I discovered the Home Depot here in Canada has a led light fixture that is a grow light.
Probably designed for the folks who want to grow pot (because that’s legal here now) but hey…it works for us gardening folks.
So I’m sending Hubby out to buy me one tomorrow after work.
And then, if that works, I’ll send him back for another 2 of them.
And we’ll build one of the shelving units we have in boxes in the basement and hook up lights for 3 shelves and then I’ll have 2 plant stands and 4 shelves to grow seedlings!
Not that I’m excited about growing seedling for the garden or anything…
Oh no.
Not me.
Not even a little bit.
Okay…maybe a little bit.

We’re a week into the first round of incubation.
I haven’t candled the eggs yet.
Maybe tonight, if I remember.
Not sure how many are going to be good…I had to collect for 6 days before I had enough, which is longer than I like to collect eggs for.
After that polar vortex ripped through here, the hens were withholding eggs like crazy.
Down from 60ish a day to 8…if I was lucky.
They’re on the upswing now, which is good because in 2 weeks Ima need aaaaallllll the greens and blues they’ll give me.
I always collect as many of those as I can for hatching, then fill in with the browns.
Those genetic egg pictures tell me my big roos from brown eggs crossed on blue and green egg layers should give me more green eggs…
I love me some colour in my egg basket.

This is Miracle the Rooster…and nice side eye from that black hen there…πŸ™„

See? Big rooster.
This guy’s name is Miracle.
He came to us a year ago on NYE with 2 other boys and a group of hens.
A friend needed to rehome her birds and asked if I was interested.
Now, this guy and his 2 brothers were originally called Larry, Darryl and Darryl (google it if you don’t get the reference πŸ˜‰ ), but this summer and fall we had no end of trouble with that damn coyote.
Bastard got the other Darryl and we thought got this Darryl too…
Until the evening (because that stinking coyote was brazen enough to be picking my birds off in the middle of the damn day!) and we were bbq’ing and my Kid goes dashing off the deck yelling “rooster!!”
And I’m like “wtf?!?” as she runs to the pasture fence, climbs over, then climbs back with this rooster in her arms…well, he was short some tail feathers and he was definitely in shock, but we couldn’t find any other injuries on him.
So we banded his leg and re-named him Miracle because it’s a damn miracle he got away from the coyote!
Lemme tell ya, he’s a lot more careful how far he lets his hens go and he sure does make sure they listen and scuttle their feathered butts back to safety the *second* he says so…
He’s a lucky boy to still be alive and he knows it!
Hopefully he teaches the other roosters to be just as diligent with their ladies.
(though thankfully we haven’t seen Wile E since the last time we fired shots at his rear end…)

So we’re ready for March.
Looks like it’s coming in like a Lamb, and I’ll be expecting it to go out like one too.
Either way, we’re ready for spring, for building, for gardening, for the growing season overall.

And maybe a nap or two too. πŸ˜‰

5 thoughts on “Last Day of February

  1. Sandee says:

    Great story about Miracle. He’s lucky and he knows it for sure. He’s a good rooster too.

    It’s going out like a lamb here too. I’m happy about that.

    Have a fabulous day and week and welcome, March. β™₯

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    • WolfSong says:

      He’s definitely been an asset to the flock!
      And the other roos are slowly learning form him to be more proactive with their hens, so bad experience turned into good chicken life skills.

      Enjoy your week!
      ❀ πŸ™‚

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  2. Re-Farmer says:

    What a brazen coyote!!

    What seeds will you be starting first?


    • WolfSong says:

      The coyotes have been awful since the summer. We had one rip through our meat chicken house and kill 90% of our chickens…not even eat them, just killed them.
      Then spent the late summer/early fall picking off others.
      I know it’s farm life, but I never wanted to shoot a coyote so much in my life!

      I’m starting so many peppers this year.
      I tend to only start peppers and tomatoes inside because of the lack of space (my entire house is about 700 square feet).
      That’s gonna change once the greenhouse is built…that’s one of the major projects this year. Got 90% of the materials, just only have 3 people, and only so much time.
      You know how it it. πŸ˜‰

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      • Re-Farmer says:

        90% loss!! That’s insane!

        We had chickens when I was a kid, and it was skunks that would kill them. They would just eat the heads. Nothing else. My dad was able to trap the skunk responsible. It was not a live trap.

        Ah, peppers! I’ve read they need an earlier start than other things. The only time I’ve ever grown peppers, it was before our move, and I bought a transplant. We’re not big pepper eaters, here. We’ll be doing tomatoes for the first time, but just a few. Right now, we’ve got onions starting from seed, which is something else we’ve never done before. They take up all the cat-safe space we’ve got! Hopefully, things will be warm enough to move them into the sun room when it’s time to start other things.

        I look forward to seeing how the greenhouse project goes! That’s something we’re shooting for, too! We’ll probably do a polytunnel, first; I’m told there’s a frame we can use for that in the hayloft of the old barn.

        Yeah. I know how it is! πŸ˜€


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