Monday, December 10, 2007

Winter farm life

Farm life is slow now, not having a cow to milk or ewes with lambs it is just the daily chores that need to be done. I am glad to have the chores they get me out and moving. To trudge through the snow and feed and water everyone takes me about 45 minutes. We mated our rabbits and hope to have bunnies in a month. Chuck has been incubating eggs and should have chicks in the next week or so. We are thinking of getting a ram over here next month to mate our ewes, should be really interesting as we have never done this before. Ewes are not like cows you can not use artificial insemination- you need the real thing. The cows are getting big we are still supplementing them with protein, needed because they are weened animals. We can not wait until we have our first calf one because that means milk, but also because we will let the mothers ween their offspring. Which means for us no bottle or supplemental feeding, and nice healthy animals.
We are down to one vehicle at the moment and Chuck takes it to work so Ilana and I are stuck. Not that we go anywhere but we did always have the option. So Ilana and I are just hanging out at home- the days seem to fly by and I feel as though I don't get as much done as I would like. But we have a happy and healthy baby and that is my main job.

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