Sunday, February 18, 2018

Chickens Goats & Garden

Well, the varmint was caught and the access has been severed. This little demon was trapped and released. Hubby couldn't bring himself to kill it so he released it at the dump. The little booger took off like a "Nine Foot Indian." (I wonder where that phrase came from other than my childhood.) He cleared a fence as if it weren't even there. The next night another two chicks were lost with one of their heads stuck inside the coop door. Never did catch that one, but at least I now had an idea of what was going on with the raids. It seems that the ambidextrous coon can lift a wooden door that is even difficult for us at times. Now I could get a game plan together.

After a visit to the local Home Depot with two screen door latches in my pocket I secured the coop door from the inside (I really have to clean my tools and give them a good oiling as they were left in the rain by someone who will not be mentioned). This has seemed to work well as we have no longer experienced any losses. Now to begin work on a covered pen that will incorporate the door inside. Purchased some fence posts yesterday and as soon as I finish baking for the Farmer's Market I'll be able to start on the new yard. After that is completed I'll have to sit in the orchard with the Ladies while they free roam. A chair, a book, a cup of coffee, and Nature all around… I couldn't think of a better way to spend my time!

In the meantime, one of my Does surprised me with two new, beautiful Doelings. Sitting with them is such a breath of fresh air. They are the cutest and sweetest little girls ever. Now the herd numbers twelve. This season the Girls will be taking a break from breeding as I find a new Herd Sire for them. Should be interesting!

Spring is in the air down here in the South and what a welcomed time it is! The garden I started to put in was very nice, but with the demand at the Farmer's
Market for produce and herbs, I have had to redesign AGAIN! Here is the updated version that is the template for those to follow. In addition, I will be planting two new strains of hull-less seed pumpkins. I can't wait to see if these are successful. Plans are in the works for potatoes, sweet potatoes, garlic, green onions, thyme, oregano, parsley, and too many more to mention here.

I've also been able to set up a new compost bin and loaded it with fresh kitchen scraps as well as horse and goat manure. This should make some fine garden soil in a few months.

Let me know what you have planned for Spring!

Don't Judge the Moment,
LIVE IT ! ! !

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Out for Blood

I am in hunting mode (which has never happened in my lifetime) and looking for blood!

We've been hit again by the infamous predators, seven more birds down. I am beyond flabbergasted as the new birds are in the hen house and it is a HOUSE! The doors, windows, and ramp were closed tight. How, how did they do it?

I'm on a mission! Went out an bought a trail camera and rat traps today. Tonight we set out the three rat traps and a have a heart trap one on each side of the house. I thought I would never say this in my lifetime as I totally believe is live and let live. But if anything survives, it will be its last day tomorrow.

My greatest loss this past year was my Light Brahma Rooster that I raised from a chick. Everyday I went to see him I would tell him "good morning" and reach down and stroke his back. Eventually, he thought his name was Good Morning so it stuck! What a great boy he was and he died saving his Ladies.

RIP my sweet boy!

Update: February 2, 2018

All rat traps were sprung but no critters in the traps. However, a 15-20 pound raccoon was caught in the have-a-heart trap and will be released today at the local dump where it can eat to its heart's content! Hubby doesn't have the heart to kill it!

Don't Judge the Moment,
LIVE IT ! ! !