The drought this year hit us initially, but we had a break from it earlier than others. Even though the drought was not “terrible” for us, our pastures really needed a good jolt of rain. That came this week and it was beautiful!
The pigs are doing great. They used to run when I came out, now they run to the corner of the pen waiting for me to come in. If I don’t hold the bucket, they knock it over and start fighting over who gets the first boiled egg. (I give them two boiled eggs per day to help with protein, etc.)
Lucy and Limpy hanging out to together while the cows eat. (I try to give Lucy a little treat in the goat shed where the cows can’t get to her)
Lucy and Limpy
All of the cows crowd in and chow down.
The cows crowd in for feed
I’ve changed the way I feed the chickens. I bought a HUGE back of poultry pre-mix, enough to male a ton of feed. I’ve been mixing that into my feed base 50 lbs. at a time and trying to keep the laying hens supplied with that in addition to what they get from free ranging. I think the egg quantity is starting to pick up a bit. They quality was never really bad, I just need this to “perform” a bit better in order to earn their keep. 😉
I let out the free rangers every morning. Lately they have started snacking on the cats food before the cats can eat it. … Therefore, I moved the cat food to a higher location in the bar, feed the cats first, and also put out some mixed feed in the middle of the barn to keep them occupied until the cats finish. It kinda works…
Free Rangers chowing down in the barn
Typical Minnie Mae
Typical Minnie Mae
These girls don’t get much photo time on the blog, partly because they are a bit boring, and partly because they look rough due to an overaggressive rooster. However, these are my main laying hens right now, even though the “free rangers” are giving them a challenge in the quantity department.
These are the “Jr birds”. They are not laying yet, nor have they been merged into the laying hen flock yet. Eventually… (sorry about the photo quality)
Well, that is the week wrap up.