The pigs are gone now which means less chores to do in the cold and early darkness. Also, we don't have the horse related chores this winter. Running water to fill the big water tank and making sure it stayed plugged in wasn't much fun. That said, we do miss them anyway.
In the Winter Coop, there are three more hens that my cousin Richard agreed to part with. Now there is one more of the Dark Cornish, which are such striking birds, and for the first time in many, many years, white chickens, two of them. We don't know for sure what breed they are since they came from a mixture of chicks, but I think they could be White Wyandottes. There are a couple of other white feathered breeds that lay brown eggs though, so we'll never know for sure.
Today had us doing some goat chores. Kevin and I cleaned out the does indoor pen, which was starting to feel like walking on a pillow-top mattress because the hay and straw was getting so deep. Everyone got a hoof trimming, and Ranger moved back into the bachelor pen with Forest, and Daisy came back to the doe pen. I am still milking Vinca twice a day; she's giving a little better than a quart most mornings, and a little less than a quart most evenings. I will have to cut her back to once a day at some point, and then dry her up, but am in no hurry to give up the milk.
|Ranger modeling his new red halter. He is much less stinky these days, thank goodness. We still put all of our chore clothes in the laundry after the hoof trimming though!|
So there is your update. I'll be back in January sometime. Until then, I wish you all a happy, safe, and healthy holiday. Be well!