Day: May 28, 2017

Starting Over

Puttering … we do like to putter around here. And there are usually many options to indulge our puttering intincts! We have a new farrier coming tomorrow. I need a second pair of eyes on our jennies’ hooves. I have a gut feeling that Rosie is uncomfortable on hers. Her toes just seem way too long – especially in the front. Bella’s hooves are even curving and started doing so within a month of her last trim. Darby’s I don’t think are so bad. I’m looking forward to meeting Dan who is a bit of a specialist when it comes to donkeys. Thank you to my friend Elsie for hooking us up!

So Ede took some time to strengthen the stall gate on the Bully Barn. That is where I find it easiest to have the farrier work. The girls are keen to all get in there at once … especially as they know their reward for standing still is a grain treat! As is often the case Rosie came out – even to brave the blackflies – as soon as she heard a power tool was in use! 😉

The chicks are settling in. I will admit … numerous times today I could hear echoes of Miss Charlie and the boys … and was wondering how they are doing. Their new farm family sent me a note to let me know they are roaming the barn and even hung out with their dog in there last night. Our road was so fast today … we’re sure at least one of them would have been hit. There are too many times I wish it wasn’t paved!

Back to the chicks. I spent time hanging out in the coop – helping them to see I’m their ‘human’. They are cuddlier than Guineas. I am guessing our white chick is going to be a rooster and the other two are hens. A neighbour down the road was off to a poultry sale today and was going to pick up a couple more chicks to add to our brood. Her advice is to steer clear of a rooster … I read lots today (as is my habit when I get to learn about a new skill) and there are suggestions that having a rooster is good if you are going to have the birds free range. Free range? you may think. But the Guineas couldn’t free range … My thinking is that the chickens can do some limited free ranging – and that I should have better luck training them to either come when they’re called or avoid the road all together. If need be perhaps I’ll figure a way out to string an electric web fence along the ridge in the woods and have them corralled for their adventures. That will a few months away yet. Wish us luck!