Sunday, May 24, 2009

Moving into Summer

Well things have been humming right along here. All of the broiler chickens are outside. It is about an hour and a half every morning to service their pens (fill buckets to take to pasture, grab two bags of feed, drive out to pasture with my dog, pull feeders, move pens, fill waters, fill feeders, drive back home). Then I get to check the brooder (25 laying hens), sheep and laying hens.  I have been busy cleaning out my email, selling random items lying around on craigslist, working on consulting item including  developing wildlife management plans, training farmers to monitor wildlife on their farms, and publishing a newsletter for a nonprofit. On top of all that I keep our house and try to stay on-top of the business and affairs of the Iowa Network for Community Agriculture a non-profit that I am now the board chair of. It is a lot like running a marathon in quick sand at times. I am just glad I have managed to mow the yard twice this year, never mind that it needs it again.

The laying hens are still pretty tiny and quite cute so I have included a picture of them and a picture of some of our chickens out on pasture. I will try to get a picture of all the pens together.

 I am really excited about two weekends from now, June 6th. Janice has a Vermeer skidsteer (one where the rider stands on it) for the weekend. We have an extensive list of things to do including, working on building a scrape to hold water and prevent it from running across our cropland, turing several compost piles, helping to break-up the sheep pack and remove it from the out building, and using the auger attachment to dig holes for about 80 posts including new coral fencing. 

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