Kids pet the duck
It’s warming up. After several nights of sssshivering 28 degrees, it’s warmed up to a comfortable low of 32. The sky is clear and the sun’s out today- a beautiful, warm day. The chilly nights are definitely good for the fruits that require a certain amount of chill to set fruit. More rain is expected at the end of the week. Hopefully, it will be another
We are waiting for the weather to warm up a bit (and stay warm) before we hatch any chickens for best results. We are shooting for either late April or early May. We are down to a few bantam, heritage breeds of chickens to choose from. One candidate is bantam cochins since we are familiar with the bred since one of our bantam’s is a black cochin, named Clementine. She’s is one of our favorite and a hit with the kids and all who come to the homestead. Sorry girls, she’s just a pretty little thing with her fluffy bottom and feathered legs.
Don’t recall if I updated you all on the situation with Dawn, one of the Khaki Campbell ducks. Late last summer she tore a ligament in her leg and for months hobbled around like a ‘lame duck’ – poor thing. We took her to a holistic vet in the area who recommended that we massage her leg every day and apply herbal ligament treatment. Well, that’s just what we did – massaged her leg every day (even though she didn’t like it one bit) Happy to say, she’s back to normal waddling around and enjoying hanging out with her best pal Dixie. Quack! Quack!
We received our shipment in of worms last week to replace our worm population that was displaced from their homemade worm bin underneath the rabbit hutch. The new worms have been placed in theCan-O-Worms container we purchased many, many years ago and they and the container will stay in the garage until their new home is ready amongst the avocados and bananas.
The guys have been pouring over the stack of seed catalogs to make sure they didn’t overlook anything for the upcoming growing season. As, always they are tempted to try their hand at growing a few new varieties.
In addition to the garden work, brewing biodiesel, and other daily tasks around the urban homestead, the guys also have been working on the expansion of the animal enclosure. Jules is working on plans for a new feeding station and possible addition of a goat house that will be integrated into the animal enclosure.
Natural Home & Garden
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It was decided that instead of having the cob oven sit around until the weather warmed up to give it a new plaster coat that we’ll fire it up and start using it once again. No matter how hard we tried to give it a new plaster coat to repair the rain damage, many little hairline cracks would appear. First, I thought we forgot the right plaster formula and after three unsuccessful tries started to narrow down what was the things that were different from the time we gave the oven it’s final plaster coat. The only other factor was the season. The final plaster coat was applied last summer and here we are trying to do it again in winter. Sure enough, I researched it on the internet and it’s advised that repairs on cob be done in warmer weather. Mystery solved. That certainly took a load off, for awhile there we were getting frustrated that we were doing something wrong. Another, first hand learning experience. When the weather warm up, the oven will then get her new coat of plaster but for now we’ll go back to baking bread and other tasty treats. I can’t wait! Of course, Justin is thrilled so he can use up the drums of salvaged wood that’s taking up storage space and also he gets to eat what comes out of the oven.