Winter has blown it it seems. Thankfully Bob and I had most of our pre-winter clean up done. Though one little issue has surfaced. The outside hydrant freezes up every winter, so I draw warm water from the bath tub at least once a day, if not two or three times a day. I keep water in 10 gallon buckets and they will freeze up throughout cold days down in the barn. Anyway, the geese obviously love water. They also LOVE getting all the water buckets filthy dirty so the goats can't drink from them. That can mean carrying down even more buckets of water, and that gets a bit tiring after a while!
I started keeping the geese in one of the extra goat birthing pens as a temporary solution. They quickly made it clear they didn't like the smaller confines. They would chew at the wood boards in boredom. Thankfully they stayed in the pen for less then a week. I came up with the solution to move them into the hoop house!! Bob made a nice bed of hay for them with extra side protection. As an added bonus they could eat up the old wilted kale I transplanted, along with the grass that grew up inside of the hoop house. Plus their poops will be AMAZING fertilizer! I will feed them more dead wilted kale from the other gardens through part of the winter along with their grain and hay. It took them a couple of days to get used to living in a plastic world, and are still easily startled. But now they have tons of room to putz around in. And they keep their own water dirty damn it!
Harvesting time is around the corner for my little cornish cross meat bird chickens I started raising in October. They had to be indoors more then I wanted them to be because of the early snow. But they still got a TON of space to pretend to fly around in and act like normal chickens. Next year I plan on raising at least two groups of these awesome birds. Think it over if you would like me to raise some beautiful, delicious birds for you next year. I also have tentative plans of raising turkeys and geese! Send me a message if you have any interest or questions. I'll make a more formal posting later on next year.
One last thing, I now have oatmeal, honey goats milk soap available for sale! I'll have them posted up on this site very soon. It lathers up so well and feels great on my skin. The chocolate and spearmint/wormwood soap should be ready in a week, and boy to they smell divine. Think about giving the gift of a locally made product in the future!
Have a safe and delicious holiday! And thanks for your support!
Born and raised in a small town, then moved back to the same small town. Jill of many trades and happy to be so.