This time of year I always look at the farm and try to see what's working and what's not working. Then I will have the whole winter planning on how we can change the "not working" parts of the farm.
One easy thing that we are going to do is get rid of some chickens. We have too many. I normally would sell the eggs, but so many of the people that I was selling eggs to, ended up getting chickens for themselves. I'm happy about that. We were actually just covering the cost of feed by selling the eggs. Instead of having 29 chickens, I think we are going to downsize to around a dozen. Plus, Hubby is working on our new chicken coop and it will be a little smaller than the one we have now. Oh by the way, it's almost done!!!!! When we first started to build it, we just had a few chickens. Then we had a lot of people ask us about eggs for sell. So this spring, we went and bought some chicks. (Who can resist baby chicks in the spring time? Not me!) I was hoping to keep selling some of their eggs. Now, I'm over loaded with eggs!!! I have a least 10 dozen eggs in cartons right now! I like to eat eggs, but not THAT much. lol
The rabbits that we have? Well, I'm not real sure about them yet. I tried putting our does in with the buck for a little while. They wanted nothing to do with him. Yes, they are does. I checked. Three times. I'm gonna try it again soon. If I don't get them to breed this time, I'm done with rabbits. I told Hubby if we get rid of the rabbits I was NEVER to get rabbits again. For a person who grew up on a rabbit farm, I can't grow rabbits to save my life!!!! If they don't work this time, I'm going to cut my loses and move on.
The cattle, well, we are still growing our herd. Working on our fencing is the biggest things we do with them. That and baling hay. No big deal. Cattle are great investments. At the markets, right now, they are going for $2.40 a pound. That's not hanging weight. That's the cost of them walking. Plus, we have a waiting list of people that want to buy our grass fed beef. I don't blame them. Fresh, grass fed beef is soooooo much better tasting than what you get from the store. We will be keeping the cattle.
One thing I'm looking into again, is a few fiber animals. I'm still not sure if I'm wanting sheep or alpacas. I'm leaning really hard toward sheep. They are slightly like goats in their care. And, I really miss my goats. I've been kicking around getting sheep for a couple of years now. Then I asked myself, "What am I afraid of?" I'll never know if I like them unless I get them. So that's one of our big projects that I'm doing around here. I'm getting our little barn/building ready for some sheep. I'll get some pictures of the "before," then, I'll get some of the "after." We will also have to put up different fencing too. We only have barbed wire right now. It holds cattle but it won't do much for sheep. Plus, I don't want their wool all messed up by the barbs. Wove wire fencing is so EXPENSIVE!!!! It's gonna take a while before we can afford to buy the fence. Hopefully we will be able to get everything done and set up for sheep around spring or so.
I went to Hug-A-Sheep Day at Equinox Farm this past weekend. It was like giving alcohol to an alcoholic. I wanted sheep that much more.Sara from Punkin's Patch, didn't help me any. She keeps prodding me to get some. Oh, and a donkey. We (she and I) decided I need a donkey too. lol!!!! Hubby, not so much. This is the faces that were there to greet me at Hug-A-Sheep Day. I think I may be hooked.
So until next time,
Small Farm Girl, Sheep farmer?