We're a family on a 1 acre homestead in Central Florida. We're commited to raising our children in the Love of God and raising plants and animals in sustainable agriculture to feed them.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
One Big Happy Family
Everyone's together in the pasture now. Well, except the chickens. And they get along very well I might add. No squabbles other than the you're-smaller-than-me-so-get-your-head-out-of-my-feed-bucket-head-butts between the goats.
Despite the tall grass and my disinclination to mow, Valentino and Esperanza are in the pasture with Button right now. A couple nights ago we noticed Button doing some interesting acrobatics and being a bit more feisty with the goats than usual. Tis the season so Valentino got to bunk with her. And Esperanza HATES being alone. So unless a little farm girl wanted to spend all day and night petting her, Esperanza was going to have to go where he went. We're leaving them all in there together for 3 days doing what we can to make sure the "job" is done well. :-> Please excuse Valentino's appearance. Hardly acceptable to be courting a lady, but he doesn't like me combing out his wool. Its all shed, just clumped in there until I brush it out. I did most of him before I had mercy on his restless soul.
Helen is due to have her kids (presuming there are twins) on the 19th. She's looking rather robust these days. Her bag is filling out. I check her tail tendons everyday for any signs of birth. Thankfully there have been none as birthing more than a couple days early is really hard on the little ones. Meanwhile, we are hobbling along with no milk for now. It will be so nice when she kids as she at one time gave a full gallon a day.
Copper, though a wee little lad in comparison, remains the king of the pasture. He's fine with his new feathered subjects though.
And here's the turkey's night time abode. I wrapped it in barb wire to keep the goats from rubbing against it and trashing it. However, I also have to keep it closed as they love to go inside. I refuse to barb wire the inside so closed it stays. I put the turkeys' feed bucket on top of it. They can fly up and eat but the goats don't bother to try to get into it. I don't know what I'll do when the birds are too big to fly up there, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.
A couple of Blue Slate turkeys. 5 of these remained after the massacre incident and they are really pretty. One Royal Palm (black and white ones pictured with Copper) is a tom as it has started to strut its stuff. Three of these guys remain. I'm hoping we have a tom and 2 hens, perfect for breeding come spring.
And here's the newly refurbished trailer. One of our welding friends and Husbandman worked all day one Saturday to get it looking this good. Its been a year since we've felt like the trailer was up to the challenge of hauling compost so we were in dire need of some. We lined the expanded metal with a section of a billboard tarp and I shoveled in a load yesterday. Today I applied almost all of it as I had some cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, mustard greens and kale that all were needing more growing room. I'll probably get another load next week too. They have plenty and we need it all!
And that's all the updates from this end... Maybe the next post will be announcing a birth!