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Spring at last

As the bottle lambs slowly staring to grow now, the rest of the farm turned into 'baby-feaver'. First of all we had more than 40 little laying-hen chicky hatch who filled the whole house with thier chirping. It actually sounds like spring in the basement.

As I found it quite faszinating how a simple egg can turn into a chick just by keeping it warm and turning it we decided that I may as well just start my own little hatching-project. (It's not that I didn't know before how chicks hatch out of eggs, but to actually see it is quite fascinating...) So we started collecting and saving eggs ones more and a couple of days later I sat my own hatch of about 50 eggs. It's super easy, you just set them all in the incubator which keeps the temperature constant, turn them twice a day and every now and then some water to keep the air humidity. And then you just wait for 21 days. 


As time passes by so fast I can already announce that the project succseded... This morning my fist chicks hatched. They start with chirping inside thiers eggs and wiggeling around before they actually start to pick thier way trough the shell. To be honest, they so look like ugly little dinosours when they come out of thier eggs, but once they are dry they become cute at last. Anyway I do hope that we can find another breedy hen somewhere in the laying house who can adopt the chicks. In the end I do still prefer playing sheep-mom to playing chick-mom...

Next to become part of our little farm-family were 7 little pink piglets. From what I have heard 7 is not a lot for a pig-litter especially when one gets lost because the sow steps on it. But still better than non I guess...

 

And at last but not least we still have the cows. As there is only 4 of them and they usually don't has any problems during delivery there is not much to do with them other than wait.


The first calf had of course chosen the coldest night in weeks to come. So after my 3 o'clock lamb-feeding I went up to check and found that tiny wet little calf laying in the field at 13° below zero. He sure must have been cold. But they are quite tough and not as fussy as little lambs so we just left him with the heard and started an early day. I'm quite glad that the two other cows chose more moderate times to deliver... So now ther is only one more cow left and after that all the little spring-babys will be born.


As animal care is getting way less with all the babys born and most of the snow is finally gone we have now started on several other jobs around the farm. On of it is checking and repairing all the fences. Due to lots of snow this winter they have definitely suffered quite a lot and I guess it's going to be an all-year project for them to tend to them. But as the weather is nice and the grass starts to green up everywhere we started with the fields most likely to be used soon. Other than that Dan is cutting down a lot of trees which leaves me wood-splitting from time to time. And not to forget is of course the big gardening-project.

So far we have processed the whole ground of the garden, rototilled, piled up, dug out, staightend and added manure and sand. It sure is quite a lot of work to have a nice vegetable garden. So now there is lots of space for potatoes, corn, peas and not to forget the strawberries. Where other people bed their strawberries in cheap straw, we use fancy sheep-wool over here. Or maybe not quite as fancy... It's the wool of thier own sheep of course with hasn't got the right quality and is to dirty to sell, so they do use it for whatever might work... So it ends up not only is the garden, but also as insulation in the barn-buildings. 


Anyway coming back to gardening, I am quite glad that they have a traktor and that I am allowed to drive. Beside the fact that it's fun to drive, it definitely saves a lot of work too. I do not only want to imagine what my back would feel like if I had to carry all that compost in buckets around...


Even tough there is always lots to do and never really a chance to get too bored it sometimes feels like it is time to move on. With that being not as easily possible I started camping all over the farm every once in a while. I do have to admit, that my truck is more comfortable than the sheep bar or lets rather say not quite as noisy.... Other than that I walk around the farm and the area in the afternoons, trying to spot something interesting. There sure has to be a moose hanging out somewhere as I can find his footprints and poo all the time but unfortunately I haven't seem him yet, neither the bears that are supposed to wake up now. But therefore a couple of bold-eagles gave us a little flight-show a few days ago. They probably got attracted by all the noise our always hungry bottle-lambs are making. 

Talking about bottle-lambs, I think Oscar had a little conversation with the cat going on. The cat didn't seem to be too amused about it tough...