It's been awhile since I have blogged here. Things on the homestead are pretty much the same but as it is spring time there are a few new things to report.
The *girls* are starting to lay again. Getting about 6 eggs a day.
These are the only 2 hens we had out of the batch that were hatched out last July by a faithful broody hen. There were 9 in all. The others were roosters. We butchered 3 and gave the others away. On a sad note, the faithful broody hen was killed by one of our roosters 2 weeks ago. Not sure if we will get a *homegrown* batch of biddies this summer or not.
Springtime and all things bloomin'.
We sold *PIG* #4 this past winter. Everyone was burned out on BBQ. Not to mention that this little piggy was a sweetie! Never get attached to your food!
(This was our 4th pig raising for meat, she was the only one granted a pardon.)
AnnaBelle being AnnaBelle. We dried her up in October. Hubby's hands are getting arthritic and he has carpal tunnel. That makes a bad combination when it comes to milking a cow. I've had several health issues to deal with as well. Will we breed her again? Probably so. Just taking a much needed break after 5 years of milking.( twice a day-EVERY day.)
We decided to get a new batch of chicks from the feed store. They *should* all be hens. 15 of them. The others are starting to hit and miss with egg laying. We do this every 2 years.. We would LOVE to have them all homegrown but like last year, 7 roosters and 2 hens. Not good math when you need eggs.
So cute! Sleeping chick.
Tired chick. So cute!
Sleepy chicks. Can you tell I LOVE chicks when they are this little?
They were inside for the first week in an old storage box. They are now outside and thriving!
3 weeks today.
Rhode Island Reds
This is the area Hubby tilled up for my new herb garden. I've previously done herb on the porch in pots. This year I wanted to expand it. I put up the black mesh fencing this afternoon to (hopefully) deter the rabbits.
Home Deport had some great prices on herbs and tomato plants this week. Only $2 for what is usually $3.60. So I got some more herbs and made a second trip to get some marigolds to go around the tomato plants. They are suppose to be a good bug deterrent.
(Carlos was jealous that I was paying more attention to my plant than him.)
This is a good video showing the West Ladies on growing and using Basil.You can learn a lot from these ladies!
Go https://youtu.be/JFNSuiN9OCoto see their other video clips on on homesteading.