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May 2017 Recap

Happy June! I am very late with this month’s update, but as all homesteaders know, sometimes life gets in the way. There is always something to do, and some tasks have priorities.

What did we do?

The eggs in the incubator hatched!

In last month’s recap I told you that we set up our incubator. On May 14th it was finally due day! After candling we had 10 eggs left, 9 out of 10 hatched. Unfortunately one of the chicks didn’t make it so we were left with 8 chicks! We are very happy to have 8 healthy Brahma chicks. We are still trying to figure out what colors they are, but they are so cute and fluffy!

Brahma chicks hatched

We bought our breeding stock!

We were buying hatching eggs to get started with our Brahma flock, but we finally decided to buy our breeding stock. This way we don’t have to find hatching eggs or pay for them. It is giving us a jump start on our breeding program! They are a year old and high quality breeding stock. We love the look of our new rooster, and they are so friendly and easygoing!

Brahma breeding stock

Shearing the sheep

We finally found somebody to shear our sheep. We put it off because it was still a bit cold at night, but the wether really started warming up in May. Then of course, all of a sudden it was really warm outside (and I felt so bad for my sheep). We found someone to shear our sheep, he was very professional, fast and didn’t charge a lot! I had to get used to what the sheep look like after they were shorn, but they spend more time grazing now so I think they are happy about it!

Sheep after shearing

We build a chickentractor

We wanted to put our older chicks outside, but we couldn’t put them in with the laying hens yet. So we ended up building a chicken tractor from scrap wood. And when I say we, I mean I build it. My husband had to work, and once I get something in my head I have to do it right away! All in all it turned out great and didn’t cost us a dime!

Chicken tractor

Our vegetable garden is booming!

Our vegetable garden is growing like crazy! We harvested our first radishes! And I am sure we will be harvesting a lot of different fruits and vegetables the coming months!

Radishes from the garden

We harvested some chickens

In last month’s recap I let you know that I was quite disappointed with our egg count, we were averaging 8 eggs a day from 20 hens. We decided that it was time for a change, and ended up harvesting 8 chickens. They were very skinny birds, so we will be using them for soups and as dogfood. We did buy 5 young birds to the flock to replace them, but as of June 1st they weren’t laying yet. But the fact is, we went from 20 “laying” hens to 13 laying hens and our egg count actually increased! So I guess it’s save to say that we had a lot of free loaders. We had on average 9 eggs a day this month, I am anxious to see what this months will bring!

We set up a small herb/bee garden

We have a small terace next to the living room, and a little sloped garden next to it. The little sloped garden was covered in stinging nettles and other weeds. So I came up with the great idea to make it pretty and useful! I turned it into a herb/bee garden. I planted sunflowers, herbs (lavender, thyme, rosemary, oregano, basil, and parsley), calendula, and I spread a package of “beeflowers” on the leftover area. I am trying something new, I covered the gardenplot in newspaper and cardboard and added compost on top and planted straight into compost. I guess time will tell if it keeps the weeds from coming back, it sure was a lot less backbreaking than pulling out the stinging nettles! It looks a little baren still, but I am sure it will be awesome when the flowers start growing!

 

Blogposts published

Monthly recap: April 2017

Why our Farm Fresh eggs are more Expensive

Rcom Max20 Incubator Review

Homegrown Food Summit 2017

What did we produce?

Eggs: 269

Meat: 8 chickens

Produce: 18 radishes, different herbs (rosemary, oregano, parsley)

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