The land has become emerald green in a matter of days. The rains are replenishing the brown landscape, lilacs are almost in full bloom, the oak trees and unfurling their little leaves. I'm keeping my eyes open for morel mushrooms, though I have had almost no luck in finding these little delicacies other years.
Green grass means putting my goats, geese, chicks, and turkey poults out in the midst of all this nutritious greenery.
The goats have a permanent pasture, but they need rotation to keep the land and the goats themselves healthy. The adolescent geese are finally old enough to hang in the chicken/goat pasture and get shut up in the barn at night. The adult geese show the young ones the ropes, and also serve and very intimidating body guards. The chicks and turkey poults get put out into a chicken tractor on nice days. They then get put into their brooder at night. They are quickly outgrowing their brooder set up. They will soon graduate to actually living in the grain bin and being put out into just fenced in pasture. I just received another group of 25 chicks today, and will be getting another 25 in two weeks. I will rotate each new group into the other groups space as they get older. That's the plan anyway.
Rotating all these critters is quite a juggling act, but I thoroughly enjoy doing this. It gives me a chance to handle every animal multiple times a day. I want my critters to be used to humans and to learn not to panic. And things don't always go the way I plan them. I have to take the weather into account as I plan my day. If it's raining animals shouldn't be outside getting soaked, except the geese! I need to think about shade on hot days, and make sure everybody has plenty of water. Keeping an eye on everyone keeps me busy all day, I need to check up on everyone every half hour or so.
In the midst of all the critters, Bob and I have been doing quite a bit of gardening. Bob had started cold crop plants in our small hoop house. We have pea plants a couple inches high, along with some nice lettuce and spinach. I started putting in other herbs and flowers. Plus we planted all our potatoes the other day. For the rest of the month we will be constantly planting, watering and mulching. I don't feel the garden panic this year, I feel everything is under control, but just wait till the weeds start taking over....Oh, and the garlic is already getting so tall and beautiful.
I will leave you with a bunch of pictures to enjoy.
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Born and raised in a small town, then moved back to the same small town. Jill of many trades and happy to be so.