it’s been a while since i did a farm life update. maybe that is because there has not been much to update since old man winter came a knockin on the door? this weekend it was a little “warmer”out (in michigan 30 in february is warm) so i decided to go out and check things out around the farm now that the snow was melted. we got about a foot out here in the last few days.
this is the barn that houses the critters. all my egg laying hens are in here as well as my sheep and the roosters and guinea hens just kind of wander around here. we are hoping to fix up the rest of the pasture are to make some room for the sheep to have additional pasture as well as some room for pigs this spring. the barn itself needs a little tlc. if you notice the window to the left is broken.. that is because the guinea hens decided to fly out through it. while it was closed. those things are absolute freaks. i started with 16 and am now down to 4. i bought them to originally forage and eat ticks but i don’t think i’ll have enough of a guinea hen army to ward off ticks by spring.
this is the top of the barn and we hope to have the hens moved up to this part of the barn so they can wander outside (in a fenced in area) and get some fresh air. right now they are in a indoor coop. but they seem to really love the heat lamp because once we installed that they started laying eggs again. from our 9 hens we get about 3 eggs daily which is plenty for the two of us and enough to share with friends.
these two roosters though are the ones causing all the problems. they are like the bash brothers of the barn. they have killed my beloved farfelle rooster and pick fights with everyone. lucky for them they have picked fights with everyone except me. because if they did. i would have given them the boot. for real this time.
i didn’t have the heard to kill my roosters or get rid of them so i just let the free range and wander. however most of them have stuck around. if nothing else i love it when they crow in the morning.
the sheep are continuing to grow. although it doesn’t appear to be by much. they still seem really little to me. but at least they are cute. they only come by you when they think you have food. stanley is the ram and he is the reddish brown colored guy. he just started getting little nubby horns in. from left to right it is betty, babs, stanley and bae bae. they are cute little guys and gals and soon we are going to have to find a pasture buddy for stanley… if he ever starts showing interest in his ladies that it. we keep chalking it up that he’s still immature.
binks and butters are not the best farm dogs but they are not the worst. they don’t really know what to do with the other animals. they do not heard sheep and they try to chase chickens but they still bark when they see deer or when someone is approaching the house so that is a good thing i guess?
other than that we sit and wait until spring to come so we can get back to work in the garden, barns etc. hope everyone has a happy thursday!0