Today was the second day I let the little cornish cross chicks into the chicken tractor. They are barely over three weeks old but are so big already! The loved scooting around and pretending they could fly. As of tonight I also let them have free range of the inside of the empty grain bin that is on the property. I'm always a little nervous about giving them more space, but with less security. There are small little mouse sized holes along the grain bin floor/walls. A weasel could manage to squeeze in and demolish my little flock. But they really need and enjoy the extra space, and that is the life I want for them. They still have their heat lamp attached to a side so they can stay warm in the chilly fall nights.
Just to boost their little immune systems I started giving them raw apple cider vinegar and the herbal goat dewormer. These things should help control any issues they might have. I wish I would have thought of this earlier, but live and learn!
Everybody else around the farm seems to be doing just fine. It's prime mating season for the goats and I should have all my girls breed by mid November at the latest. I'm excited because this will be my first year breeding two San Clemente goats together!! I can then hopefully get the kid registered and add to the small population of these fantastic goats.
Other then animal fun both Bob and I have been hard at work in other areas. It's prime wood cutting time and getting it ready for next fall. Splitting by hand is a real workout, but you feel so good afterward. I just planted some more lettuce seeds in our hoop house. We should have a good supply of lettuce for most of the winter, even if it means building cold frames in the hoop house! Perhaps I can transplant some kale and other herbs down there this week. I have also been super busy making goat milk soap, lotions and a ton of art! Fingers are crossed that I will have a good supply of goat milk soap available for the upcoming holiday seasons. Please visit my listed website to make a purchase, or email me with any questions.
Time to rock it in my winter bib overalls! Keep warm!
Born and raised in a small town, then moved back to the same small town. Jill of many trades and happy to be so.