This will be my last post for a while. We have a lot of things going on in our life right now, and I am finding that I need a break from blogging for a bit. So I am hitting the pause button. But don’t worry…I will be back soon, and I will have a lot to share as we enjoy spring on the farm. Before I go, one final Sunday Homestead Update catching you up on each aspect of the winter homestead…
Daisy and her lambs, Dusty and Dixie, are doing well. She is producing LOADS of milk. Much more than last year – which was her first freshening. We have decided to just let her lambs have it all for the first 3 weeks or so before we start milking her. But I am looking forward to seeing how her production compares to last year. The lambs are so active that it is difficult to get photos in the little jug. It has been too cold to let them out yet, but this week is supposed to be beautifully warm, so they are going to see the outside world for the first time tomorrow.
Freya either did not get pregnant, or she miscarried during the wildfire evacuations. So there will be no lambs from her at this point. We can hope that maybe she was bred by Nilsson in December or January and is due this summer. Time will tell. But for now, there are no more lambs due for our farm until the end of May.
Several sheep are desperately in need of shearing. We have had some crazy busy-ness going on, not to mention bitter cold temps that make us not want to shear. We will be shearing several of them within the next few weeks as it warms up.
Belle is continuing to do very well with the loss of Pansy. She seems to be fitting in fine with the sheep and is kind of making friends with the wether, MacDougal. Not to mention the bond she has always had with Anya, the LGD.
We are drying Belle off (gradually ceasing to milk her and stop her milk production) this week in preparation for her kidding coming in April.
The chickens have done an excellent job of laying through this cold winter, especially considering the stress the wildfire evacuation put on them back in October/November. All is well with them and there is not much to report.
Our first winter with ducks has gone better than expected. We had planned to just give them a chicken waterer and no pond throughout the winter. But we have found that with a trough heater in the bottom of their pool, it stays thawed and they really enjoy swimming in it and they don’t seem negatively effected by the cold. We do not let them have it when the temperature is below about 15F.
I am about halfway down the length of the sweater I am making for Mtn Man. He tried it on and it looks like it will fit great. I am very excited and hope to get this done before it is too warm for him to wear it this winter season.
I finished the first side of my summer poncho. I started the second side, but I am trying to work less on this as it can wait to be worn until summer, and focus more on Mtn Man’s sweater.
Sunshine recently took a colorwork knitting class and learned the basics of colorwork through making this hat. There were many ups and downs for her, as it is pretty difficult to learn the right tension for colorwork. But I think the hat looks amazing!
I can’t leave, even for a short break, without giving you all some pics of Hazel and Jerry. Every day they are cuddled together in a new, cute position. Love these two!