|Valgal said: I think we have wrapping paper the same as Chims pants! 😊|
|Farmer Dan said: mmm all I can think of is the home made beer you guys were talking about ... |
|Joanne said: Thanks for the eggs! We need to come for a visit soon and see the new puppy.|
|Farmer Jo said: Thank you! Still unsure of the name, although we like your suggestion.|
|Deborah McLeod said: I'm suggesting Connie for the new cria after the Conradie's.|
|Josh said: Thanks for the update, I read your site every morning.|
|Josh said: What's happening to the sheep? You have not posted anything about them lately.|
|Farmer Jo said: Will post another picture of the birds soon|
|Jackie said: Any new update?|
|Farmer said: Yes, it is an awful lot of work! Somehow we are getting through it all. You will have to come and visit us again to see all the changes, and to re-introduce yourselves because I can't remember you - my apologies for that, but we get so many people coming and going it is hard to keep track....|
Warm weather in DecemberPosted: December 16, 2013 | Leave a Comment
The weather on Sunday was so warm we just had to take advantage of it. Daniel took all the partitions and feeder out the barn and cleaned it out with the tractor. We made a nice five-foot pile of poopy straw at the back of the barn! This is the first big clean of the winter, but there will be at least three more before winter is over. In the summer the pile of manure will get spread out on the fields to help the pastures recover.
Daisy's paddock now houses the llamas as well. Their bedding was cleaned out and new straw put down for them. The feeder does not work well so we will have to do something else next year. We have the same feeder in paddock one for Bubblegum and the alpacas, and BG jumps into it and poops everywhere. Definitely a problem we will have to sort out.
The kids spent a lot of time outdoors yesterday and made a snowman in the front yard. It looks really good and I will get out today and take a picture of it. Daniel had to clear the paths and the driveway on Saturday after the snowfall of Thursday and Friday. It took three hours! By the time he was done his feet were frozen and he took another hour to defrost inside. Good thing we have the tractor to do the shovelling - could not imagine doing that work by hand!
Cleaning out the barn is quite a process: all the temporary structures are removed, the rams have to be put into the feeder, and the ewes into the paddock, keeping them all separate. Then the hay, straw and poop are shovelled into a big pile at the back door of the barn. After that the pile gets moved out into the paddock. It takes quite some time to do all of that. Once the barn has been cleaned out new straw is put down and the barn smells and looks a whole lot better! Then at last the pens can be set up again and the animals can be moved back in,and everything gets back to what it was.
What do I feed the laying hens?Posted: December 13, 2013 | Leave a Comment
I have recently had a few people asking what I feed my layers, so today I decided to put my answer in the blog:
My chickens are spoilt! I buy them a mix of grains from Champion Feeds in Westlock. So every week they consume four bags of 19% protein, one bag of 17% protein, and a bag of corn, oats and barley.
I also cook up a big pot of rolled oats for them about twice a month, and add sunflower and flax seeds to the grains as often. They are given milk from Daisy (our dairy cow) two or three times a week, as well as oyster shells to keep up their calcium levels. Our vegetable and fruit scraps from the kitchen also go to the hens, and I add a vitamin mix to the water for three or four days in row about four times in a year to make sure they are not depleted in any way.
I would really like to go organic on everything, but the reality is organic grains are hard to come by, and twice the price, and then you have to buy in great quantities and have huge storage bins on your farm. Of course, paying more for grains will put the price of my eggs up to about $6 per dozen, and I don't know if our existing customers will be happy with that. So for now I will stick to what Champion Feeds has to offer, and keep my chickens happy the way I have been doing.
We also call our birds 'free-range', but this has a lot to do with the weather. I open the chicken coop door every day but cannot leave it open long in these temperatures. Besides that, the hens won't even go near the door because they don't like the cold! I find that they will wonder out the coop in temps warmer than -5, but anything less and they huddle up. If the coop gets too cold they stop laying, so we have heat lamps on a timer that help them keep warm. Overall, I think they are happy and healthy, and it seems that everyone loves their eggs!
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