We had a small, let's just say, incident here on the farm. Jack, the St. Bernard, attacked the chickens....again. He killed 2, wounded one, and I can't find our rooster that we was going to keep. It was my fault. Usually we keep him at the house when we let the chickens loose to free range. This time I didn't. I wanted to see if he had gotten any better than the last time. He. Did. Not. So it's back to keeping him at the house when the chickens are let out. At least until we get the chicken coop completed. (Yep, still not done.)
Now to put a better spin on this. I wanted to get different types of chicken anyway. (Did ya like that spin?) We were gave Speckled Sussexes by friends of ours. They are beautiful chickens, they just don't lay big enough eggs for my liking. I want BIG eggs like my Barred Rocks and Silver Laced Wyandotts laid. I want blue and green eggs again like my Aurracanas laid. So now I have an excuse to go and get some. hehehee. (And no, I didn't make Jack go up and kill the chickens! How dare you think that! :) ) So now I'm looking on the agricultural pages on Face Book and looking on Craigslist for chickens. That's my kind of shopping!!! Our local feed store will soon have chicks in. But, I don't want to have to wait until March to get chicks. Plus, I want eggs NOW! I'm impatient.
Speaking of impatient, I'm waiting on baby goats to be born. It should be any day now. I figure it would be when the temps drop. Of course they couldn't be born when it was in the 60's. I think they are waiting until it's going to be in the teens before they decide to come out into the world. I just hope that I catch them in time so they don't freeze. We don't have a barn that we can put them in. YET. It's on the list. lol. We have goat huts. They are small buildings that are just perfect for goats.
This will be the last year that we breed to have babies this early in the year. I don't have market goats actually. We have Myotonics. Myotonics are Fainting Goats to some. We raise the very muscular ones that people want to cross with their Boer Goats so that they have more meat and are more hardy. The Fainters have more meat to bone ratio than Boers, but the Boer goats are taller. If you cross them, you get a more hardy goat with better hoofs. They usually get their height from the Boers. Very good goats! And no, the 50/50 crosses don't faint. lol
Well, that's what's been going on around the farm. Just waiting for this weather to get better. It's been warm but wet. Next week we are suppose to be in the 50's and sunny. I hope so. I could REALLY get some things done outside!
So until next time,
Small Farm Girl, guilty writer.