Well, we're a little late for a November entry, but better late than never! The Pearl Leghorn laying chickens have moved in with the other hens and everyone is pretty happy. The new girls have taken up their own roost in the coop and even try to take over the highest perch at night if they are the first ones inside. Pretty funny to watch the pecking order. One hen thinks they have acquired the perfect spot only to be "told" to move by another hen. Funny thing, the smallest hens usually get the bigger ones to move. Excited about getting eggs from the new girls. Nothing like farm fresh eggs!
The goats are doing fine, getting in trouble and being typical goats. We trimmed their hooves the other day. That is a chore that I don't look forward to, but one that needs done. The goats seem to wiggle and move every which way and there are sharp carpet knives and clippers flying around.... Makes for an interesting time in the barn!
The cows are doing great too, getting big... One will be going in soon to be processed (House), so we are excited for our customers who have "bought" this cow. He has been primarily grass fed, but now will be finished on grain, hay, and pasture... They are both ready to eat in the morning and night, when chores are being done. House likes to try to stick his head in the feed bucket before I can dump it in the feeder. Side note, been happy with the cow feed we have been finishing them with, but we will be moving to another feed that comes highly recommended by a nice family that has raised/shown cattle for many years. Awesome, that they are willing to help us out by allowing us to purchase this feed through them. :)
Around the farm- getting everything ready for winter. Out came all the heated watering systems, along with getting all the extension cords jimmy rigged around. I actually broke down and bought a heater to put down on the main trough.. It was getting too crazy trying to break through solid ice!!! So far, love it, and the animals do too. How did the old timers break through ice each and every day, multiple times? Modern technology... :) We need to get some of the equipment tarped and wrapped up for the winter and all the machinery winterized, but all in time, right? ;)
Thanks for checking in with us at Delp Family Farm! We appreciate your support... Please let us know if we can answer any questions or if you would like to purchase some farm fresh products! God Bless. - RJ