Things at the farm are just sort of…running along. It’s the “growing season.” Meaning that everyone and everything around here is focused on growing–meaning eating!–and that’s about it.
The lambs are just eating and growing and looking good for this September when we’ll sell breeding stock and haul a group up to the processor before we start our breeding season.
We’ve got some breeding cows listed for sale and we’ve got our bull calves eating and growing and getting ready for their ride up to the processor too. Our freezer’s getting a little bare and we’ve been completely out of lamb for a couple months already.
I’ve got a group of layers growing up out in a field pen on grass right now too. Between age and an unidentified sneak-thief, my laying coop’s been decimated this year. I’m excited for some young blood in there, and I’m very excited to see how some of the new heritage breeds we picked are going to do once they’re in “full production mode” next summer.
Speaking of which, Mr. Fix-It got me a 5-gallon bucket feeder for the chicken house a while back so I don’t have to be out there hauling feed every. single. day. (We don’t keep it in the house much because it takes up room.) It just occurred to me this weekend to put the big bucket feeder out with the 21 chickens in the field pen (whom I’ve been feeding twice a day) rather than with the 3 chickens in the chicken house (who have been taking nearly 10 days to eat it down). Umm, DUH!
I guess the idea of “lazy summer days” has really taken root in my brain!
Our garden’s growing pretty good, although the heavy rains last night were pretty rough on it. We’ve got several gallon bags of green beans in the freezer already. Mr. Fix-It and the kids have been busy out there!
Oh yeah–and we’ve got TWO peaches ripening on our tree right now! TWO! Our first peaches–I’m so excited!
Oh yes, and our sunflowers are growing. The kids only planted half the field with their little seed-throwing party back in May, but that half looks great! It’s more than enough for them to explore, run through, and play hide and seek in. It’s like their own little playground!
What’s going on around your house?