Busy time of year around the homestead for us. We decided to do garden beds this year, so Lane borrowed a tiller from the neighbor and made us several beds, mixing it in with the composting piles we have been working on all year. It looks really good, so here's hoping something will grow. We will do the garden tower again, which was successful last year. And we set back up the Aerogarden, which we did not do last year, so should have herbs and such in the house again.
We have gazillions of birds now.
First we incubated eggs from our own flock, soon after the one remaining rooster was gone. (He was too aggressive so he had to go. It's so pleasant to be with the hens now again.) We hatched thirteen Black Giant chicks in January. They are nearly big enough to go in with the hens now. We plan to remove all the roosters (cockerels actually) as soon as we can tell and just keep the ladies for egg laying. We did not enjoy having roosters last year, though it was funny to see them free range all over the property. But, boy were they loud and fiesty!
The incubator and hatching box now have a continuous supply of quail eggs. Mr M is trying to grow his flock and so far he's added fourteen, I think. I don't know how many total he has now, but the cages are full, the incubator is full and the brooder is full. So he's doing well. Soon it should be warm enough to take the full grown birds outside again. (They live in the garage during the winter, and the brooder is in the basement.)
Then we added two more types of chickens, Buff Orpington and Barred Rock, six chicks of each. I'm so excited about that. The Barred Rock are all pullets so we get to keep them all, but the Orpingtons are a mix so we will have to see what we end up with. Again we don't plan to keep any cockerels this time.
We also added seven ducklings to the flock. Oh, they are so cute! Trouble already though, as they love playing in the water and making a mess. But we are willing to figure it out. This is our first time raising ducks, so we are still learning what that means.
Come visit! Cute chicks are sure fun to hold and watch.