Sunday, April 7, 2013

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #103

Howdy Farmgirls and Farmguys! 

It's been an exciting week here on the farm.  We've added another ten hatchlings to the hen house.  We have two broody hens taking care of a total of 15 baby chicks.  Eight were hatched just yesterday.  I love Spring babies!  This is our first homegrown brood so we're real proud of them, and we hope they all make it to maturity.

My hubby's best friend has been visiting this week and he's been helping my husband complete some really important tasks.  They're taken down the last remnants of the tall, icky fence that the previous owners had constructed to hide their illegal plants from sight (marijuana).  The lumber is all neatly stacked and almost new dog eared cedar fence posts.  Jerry plans to use it all to cover a few outbuildings with. 

Yesterday, they strung some fencing for me to keep neighborhood dogs out of my front yard.  My hens have been miserable cooped up in a run since we moved.  They were used to having free reign of our entire property before that.  Soon they'll be out and about again safely.  They also moved my small dog run into a nice level spot in the shade.

I managed to complete one more soil test to satisfy my curiosity, and be sure that the elemental sulphur did it's job and brought down the pH enough to begin planting tomatoes.  Thankfully, I am satisfied and began planting directly into the ground.  

This is my first year in the new place so I expect there to be bumps in the road until I get this new climate, soil, and wildlife figured out.  It's enough for me just to be rooting around in the soil, getting dirt under my nails and being outside enjoying this beautiful foothill wilderness.  

In the kitchen this week I am again making homemade butter and cheese from fresh jersey milk given to me by my awesome neighbor.  Her cow is the prettiest jersey around and her milk is divine!  

I will be bringing home my first two nigerian dwarf dairy goats next weekend.  A doeling and her brother, a wether.  I am expecting atleast two more does within the next few months too.  I am still working on Jerry.  If I can convince him to drink and eat goat milk products I can avoid a dairy cow and opt instead for beef cows alone on the back 5 acres of pasture.  After watching how much milk my friend is collecting each day from one cow, I am certain I will be overwhelmed without calves to take most of the milk each day.  Wish me luck, though I doubt it will work.  Either way, it will be loads of fun and work.

That's all from Fifteen chick farm for now. Lol.  Now, it's YOUR turn to link up and share what YOU'VE been doing around your homestead.  Thanks!

Farmgirls love anything to do with homesteading, keeping chicken's, embroidering, sewing, knitting, spinning, quilting, natural home remedies for health care and cleaning, horses, goats, cows, organic gardening and cooking, caring for their loved ones and friends and are community minded. Re-purposing and UP-cycling are high on their list of " fun things to do too! Our resident "FARM-BOYS ' ( Clint the Redeemed Gardner and Rob of Bepa's Garden ) bring wheelbarrow's full of good organic gardening tips to this hop and we are honored to have them join in the fun each week!   

Your Farmgirl Friday Hostesses~  
Deb of Deborah Jean's Dandelion House and founder of our little Farmgirl Friday blog hop. 
Dolly of Hibiscus House and Dolly is Cooking, and me of course!

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1 comment:

  1. You have a lot going on there! I hope you get everything completed without a hitch!