Tuesday, February 03, 2015

February - Or it isn't January any More.

It's been snowing for the last week or so.  That's great as we will need the moisture come August.
The snow is getting pretty deep. Last Sunday I basical just got up and started to plow.  The diesel bill is going to be a doozy this month.  Mind you I have been rooting for moisture.  January had rain.  And then late in Jan the start of February we have been getting snow.  All good for the water table come August.  This will be the ear of the well as we are going to put in at least one and probably two.  Fortunately we know where the water is and if we can dig wells using a small excavator all will be golden.  Basically we want to split the House, Garden and Livestock waters into their own, separate sources. 

Had a tenant who was going to move into Grandmas but didn't in the end.  They did a whole lot of work cleaning the place up and we want to keep it that way so we gave Boose the cat a promotion from green house duty and moved her into Grandmas to ward off the rodents.  She seems very happy in her work.  I've been spending nights up there just keeping the fire going so that the water doesn't freeze up.  It makes a pretty nice guest house.  All we need now is a bed for upstairs and it would sleep a whole pile of people.  Several times a week we go up and have a pizza and just watch the Fire.  And text each other!


Had several winter litters all are doing well.  We find the heat lamps, while not really necessary for heat tend to gather the piglets so that they don't try and snuggle under the Mom for warmth. We are pretty much sold out of piglets for this year.  Perhaps we will have a few fall litters.  We've changed from a winter feed of Oats and Barley to a commercial grower and the results have been phenomenal.


Gotta love it when the winter sun comes out.  


The Turkeys look like black swans sailing over the snow.  These turned into 42 lbs dressed.  Took a big oven and roaster pan to fit them!  Next year they will top out at 25 lbs or less.  We kept a hen and a tom just in case we have trouble getting turkey poults come spring.  We will probably raise 25 or so this year.


Thanks for dropping by.  We'll be keeping an eye on you!