Fall is upon us here in Washington – am I right?
As I sit here typing away with my morning coffee in hand, I look out one window at the fog-encased pasture, with little ghost animals wandering about… Fog does eerie stuff…
As I look at the window to my left, I see the remains of my spring/summer garden: dried cornstalks, a pile of spent bean bushes – but still some life is there. Large bushes of bright green kale; behind that, carrots and gorgeous chioggia beets still growing undercover.
We have reached a transition season here at the Farmstead. After finally erecting our “barn” building, we are in a rush to get our stalls completed. After researching various diy stall methods, we have settled on a pallet/rebar set-up and have finally accumulated all of the pallets and supplies needed. Look for an upcoming post explaining our how’s and why’s!
After the disaster with introducing the meat chicks in with the egg hens and losing our egg supply, the 5 chicks have been moved to the cow/sheep pasture in their new chicken tractor. Hubby did a truly kick-ass job designing and building it. One of my favorite things about it is that it is made of completely re-purposed materials! It is completely mobile and with the ability to keep the chicks completely enclosed, when necessary. The door on the “wheel” end is large enough for us to easily get the water tank in and out – and for refilling food.
The door on the “handle” end is the one we usually keep open for the chicks to come and go as they please…
One of the best things about the tractor is how easy it is to move around the pasture so the chicks get fresh pasture within the tractor – and we can continually fertilize the pasture as well!
Right now, their food and water are kept inside the tractor, but they are allowed to free-range the surrounding pasture. It is so cute to see them exploring and pecking around. They especially enjoy perching on the big pile of branches nearby!
Our Barbados Black Belly sheep are starting to finally get a bit bigger, with thicker winter coats starting to show – and check out how beautiful our ram’s horns have gotten! Hopefully they will start getting feisty in a bit – would love some lambs this spring!
Even our dear Sally is starting to get a bit shaggy as she prepares for the winter months ahead. Gosh, how I love that sweet cow….
This upcoming week gives us lots to do on our agenda. We are hoping to dedicate all of Monday to complete the stalls. I am hoping that we can get the animals used to the stalls and getting fed in there as well. We have always allowed a very free-range upbringing of our animals, with a free-standing shed structure in each pasture for the animals to use as they please. This will be our first winter with the animals – and I’m sure we will learn lots! I am also hoping to get the garden cleared of the spent veggies and start to prepare that area for winter. Finally, I want my patio back! We had been using it as our work area during the many rainy days we have had this past month. We bought a nice heat lamp for the patio this summer – and I am very much looking forward to spending some fall evenings out there with my tea. 🙂
I am sure there is lots more that we have to do – but I feel like this is a fairly manageable start.
Fall? Bring it on!
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