“In those vernal seasons of the year,
when the air is calm and pleasant,
it were an injury and sullenness
not to go out and see her riches,
and partake in her rejoicing
with heaven and earth”
~ John Milton
“…an artist who creates
lots of work
prolific days and
~ Buffy Sainte-Marie
Which is why it’s nice to have images that I haven’t edited yet both on the hard drives(s) and the memory card.
I don’t always get a chance to get out, camera in hand.
Life is incredibly busy this time of year, y’know?
When I don’t I can still share images from the FarmYard…
Covered in muck and manure, only half shed out, lying in a pile of straw and she looks like a model…that mane blowing perfectly in the gentle breeze, ears to me and looking right at the camera.
That Sable is a photographer’s Dream!
So. Damn. Pretty.
Yesterday, the first of our chicks arrived.
Look at that box of cuteness and happiness. 🙂
18 of ’em.
Now, they’re too young to tell who’s male or female…or at least they are for a newbie like me…so I’m sure we’ll have a few roosters in the mix.
My hope is for at least 6 hens, and that they lay green and/or blue eggs.
And, if we get a nice rooster out of the bunch, we may just keep him around.
Next up, we have to order our standard brown layers (which we’re also starting as chicks this year) and a first round of meat chickens.
It’s looking to be a busy summer, prepping for next winter.
One can never start too soon when the growing seasons are short!
Just a quick photo for today.
Weather is supposed to be nice, the snow is melting, and we’ve got a whole lot of work to do outside.
Plus, in just about an hour, we’re picking up some easter egger chicks. 🙂
Ima little excited about having chicks so soon!
We normally don’t get them until closer to June, and then only meaties.
These ones will, I hope, have a good amount of ladies to help replace our hennys when it’s time.
And, of course, there is our professional photobomber, sticking her butt in the frame. Hahaha!!
That’s our Astrid. 😉
It has been brought to my attention that today is
National Unicorn Day and so today we celebrate our unicorn in disguise here at the Farm.
See that brown spot on her forehead?
It’s a little hidden by her forelock, but it’s there…
That’s where, under the light of a full moon, if you’re lucky and she lets you (make sure you have some sort of treat to thank her), you’ll see her horn appear.
And if you’re really lucky, she’ll share a bit the magic from her horn with you…
I swear, Mother Nature is working to thwart my spring building plans.
Or, maybe I’m just too antsy to get things going.
Ultimately, I think it’s a mixture of both.
Weather wise, we’re a good 10-15 degrees cooler than normal for this time of year. Which means there’s still frost in the ground, and we still have a lot of snow to melt.
I’m waiting to move last summer’s duck house into the garden.
It’s frozen to the ground right now.
Once the duck house is in the garden, we can put up the fence around the garden. There’s 2 reasons for this fence…because I want to use the adult poultry to weed and feed the garden before planting. Ducks, I have learned, are awesome at killing and eating any and all plants they find.
So, I want to put them to use cleaning up the remaining weeds from last year. Like I’ve always said, the only animals around this Farm with no real job are the horses. They get to eat money and be pretty. Everyone else works.
The other reason is cats…I’m hoping a fence will keep them out. A freshly tilled and planted garden is just too tempting for lazy cats who don’t want to go to the pasture to make their daily deposits.
And I’m tired of cat poo in my garden.
Fingers crossed the fence will help.
Once the poultry are moved to the garden, I get to give the coop a deep cleaning, install some hardware cloth in the bottom and then we put chicks in there.
Both eggies and a first round of meaties.
The plan is (and goodness knows, things rarely go according to plan, but I keep trying!) to get 2 different varieties of brown egg layers (10 of each) from the hatchery we buy our meat chicks from, and then to get 15 easter egg layers…which, if I’m understanding chicken things right, are a barnyard mix who lay colourful eggs.
I just want a little bit of pretty colour in my egg basket. 🙂
And then, near the end of May, when the weather (hopefully) gets back to normal, the year’s pig babies will come.
It’s hard to have patience when there’s so much to do, and yet, the time to do it isn’t quite here yet.
In the meantime, here’s a few pictures of the mutt…just because her excitement and exuberance with a jolly (no longer) ball makes me smile…
The 55lb chewing powerhouse destroys all…including horse toys.
And then there’s this one…
How can one not smile when face to face with a cat napping in the long grass and sunshine? ❤