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Archive for March, 2009

Today It’s 60. Last night it snowed.

Posted by kari on March 29, 2009
Posted under barn, compost, weather

The weather has been having fun with us lately. How nice and sunny! How it snowed last night! And rained the day before, and was really great for two days before that.

Work must go on, though. Today is the day we’d been dreading: cleaning day. Sure it happens all the time, but the drainage is sucking the wheelbarrow into the earth. Help, help!

Things are looking good. There are fewer runny noses and more sunlight. Let’s hear it for Spring! And we’re back on track to make the outdoors our own again.

We’ll miss the black gold the alpacas and llamas provided, but there is just as much manuer on the pile as there ever wa.

Here a chick, there a chick, everywhere

Posted by kari on March 28, 2009
Posted under chicknes, Uncategorized

Chicks are really hard to find this year, and since we aren’t looking for Cornish Crosses, people at the feed store don’t quite know what to make of our requests for a multi-purpose bird. We got a black sex link and three Australorps. These should be big girls that can lay eggs if we chicken out, so to speak. It took 7 visits to feed stores to find chicks this year. If you want a turkey, no problem.

If you aren’t part of the problem

Posted by kari on March 27, 2009
Posted under Uncategorized

If you aren’t part of the problem, you must be part of the solution? Oh, that’s not how that saying goes? We’re going to pretend it is for the time being. We’ve borrowed Red, a Welsh pony to help bring Brody back in line now that the llamas have left. Brody decided he was king of the barn, and there have only been these humans coming around occasionally to tell him otherwise.

Renaming?

Posted by kari on March 24, 2009
Posted under Uncategorized

As we are no longer a fiber farm, it might be time to rename llamaGrove. We’re not sure what to name it, but we have no llamas or alpacas. Let’s get the producing animals to work!

Posted by kari on March 20, 2009
Posted under alpaca, barn, chicknes, cow, horse, llama

Though we said we’d try the cornish cross broilers, a little research proved that these are not the chickens for us. Any chicken that has to have it’s food intake monitored is not the right chick for a free-range, calf-pasture sharing bird. The side effects for not watching the feed ranged from the birds not being able to stand due to the weight of their breasts, to heart failure and a noted stupidity of the breed. So we’ll stick with our dual purpose layers and see how the year goes.

Cinnamon the cow has taken very well to her llama overloards. The llama ladies have shown a maternal side that had previously only been glimpsed when Mariah was indulgent towards alpaca cria. Now even tomboy pack llama Ursula is allowing the calf to try to suckle and none of the camelids spit at her. The horse is still routinely covered in spit, but he seems to ask for it. He’s indulgent in his own way, too. Yuri the Suri was spotted standing on his hind legs to eat from the horse’s feed dish, sharing breakfast.

Project for the weekend: Set up a chick area in the milk stall, maybe get the cupboards up in the feed area. Take time off if the weather is terrible. Get the fir trees trimmed back from stairs and garden areas if the weather is fine. Oh, and teach the darn horse some manners. He’s too smart for his own good.

Sulight in the Storm

Posted by kari on March 17, 2009
Posted under chicknes, weather

With the onset of a storm, we realize that tilling should have been done back when we had that week of sunlight. Fortunately, today we had a short sun burst in the middle of the day. There was even a double rainbow to keep us company as we scurried about doing what we could. No, there was no tilling because the ground was too wet, but the animals had a nice time out.

The barn must be readied for a new group of chicks. We’ll be experimenting this year with cornish cross hens. For the first time we’ll bring meat birds on the farm.

All’s Well

Posted by kari on March 11, 2009
Posted under cow, field

With a sunny day, the ruminants all herded together and took over a field. Everyone is healthy and happy, except the people who intended to plow. It’s just as well, since we ran out of time…rain has its uses, even beyond keeping everything green.

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