Ole Lake Farm is a special place in north central Minnesota. It has been the privilege of three generations of the Flowers family to live, work, hunt, and play on this land since 1966. We grow a small amount of produce like pumpkins and some grain each year, like corn and wheat, as well as raise chickens, goats,and pigs. We also manage our forest to produce lumber for construction projects and heat for our home.
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Pigs in the Coop; Chicks in the Tub...
Sounds like the title of a children’s book, doesn’t it?We have had some interesting weather this
past week – quite unpleasant really.Rain,
sleet, snow, cold, (only 9 degrees when I got up yesterday morning) and general nastiness are the
reasons why there is still infant bacon in the chick room of the Winter Coop
and freshly hatched chicks in our bathtub.Fortunately, we have a much better forecast for the coming week, so by
next weekend, these critters should all be in their proper abodes.
Unlike goat kids, chicks hatch on a schedule, 21 days after
incubation begins.Of the 36 eggs I put
in the incubator, 17 hatched and 14 chicks survived.That’s not a very good percentage, which I
attribute to the high rooster/hen ratio that we have here at the farm.This of course does not keep a guy from
trying and Diego does his best! I have reloaded the borrowed incubator so will have more chicks in 3 weeks.
While we still have rather dubious feelings about facebook, I cannot
deny that it has been useful.I was excited
to acquire a cheese press and some cheese molds this week that I would not have
found if we were not in facebookland.It was a big savings to purchase them used. So, I am almost ready to make some aged cheese…
cheese press and molds Yep
wine fridge to age the cheese at the proper temperature Yep
tasty goat's milk Not Yet
The missing component will be available in 2 to 3
weeks.Echo gave birth today to an
adorable little buckling.Like all goat
kids, he is beyond cute.
In other farm news, Ole Lake Farm is now part of Minnesota Grown. We didn't sign up early enough to be in the printed directory, but folks will find us in the on-line directory. We get some cool signage and can use the logo on our hand-outs and labels.
So, that's enough for this week, right? Stop by next week for another dose of cute. Be well.