Merry Christmas! We hope you all have a wonderful week of celebrating with those close to you.
This last week has been more laid-back for us than the previous very full weeks. But still pretty full.
Mtn Man has been working hard to get the shower remodel done for us before Christmas. He is very close, just need to grout and seal it, and then install the door. I will share pics when it is done.
I am scrambling to finish my last Christmas present – socks for Braveheart. Hopefully I will get them off the needles in time.
The girls finished their hat order – ten hats and one baby blanket completed and sent off. They all turned out so great, we are going to copy some of them for our own use because we liked them so much.
Little Miss and I tried another aged cheese this week – Stirred-Curd Cheddar. So now there are 3 cheeses in the cheese cave. One of these days I will get around to doing a full post on what we have learned so far with our aged cheesemaking adventure.
The chickens have all settled well since the butchering and switch around. Everyone is happy and they have figured out their pecking order, so that is nice.
We will be starting the incubation on Christmas Eve so that the hatch will line up with our chicks arriving in January so we can brood them together. We have collected eggs from 3 specific hens by trap nesting them. One is our 4-year-old that we hatched here at WCF. She is still laying 4 eggs a week, in winter, at age 4. So we definitely want some of her genetics (plus she is blue, which is my fave color of chicken). We are also collecting from our other blue hen, who is laying very well right now, and from our two green egg-laying hens – because they are laying well through winter and to add more color to our egg cartons and more blue feather genetics to our flock. We currently have 20 eggs to set, there should be a few more before Tuesday.
We are still waiting for Maggie to come into heat. We had planned to pull the ram out Christmas Eve so that we didn’t have later lambs because Young Man is graduating this spring and we didn’t want lambing to interfere with that. But we would really like to leave the ram with them to confirm that Daisy and Blue are pregnant. If they are in the same pen with him we will be able to tell if they go back into heat. If they don’t go back into heat then they are pregnant. It will save us having to blood test, ultrasound, or not know if they took. So we are trying to decide how we want to manage this situation. I think we will probably just leave him with them, and if Maggie lines up with graduation then we will just close her in the jug and let her lamb on her own. We like to be there when our lambs are born, in case they need any help (we have had to rearrange lambs and kids in-utero during labor before because they were stuck). But a lot of sheep lamb on their own just fine and we are probably a little too involved anyway and need to relax about this some more.
Jerry and Hazel
Jerry has decided that Hazel’s crate is his new favorite place to be in the mornings. Hazel is not too sure about this new plan. But I fully expect, based on their previous behavior, that they will be cuddling in there together in no time.