One step closer to Winter…
That’s probably what we should call this week’s walkabout post.
We are definitely one step closer to winter. And, we’re going to take a GIANT step deep into winter later this week….but, as usual, I’m getting ahead of myself.
So, what did happen on the hill this week?
|ice in the stock tank|
We got the last batch of broilers processed this week. And, just in time, too. On Sunday we found the first ice of the season on the stock tank! That can only mean one thing…yep…one step closer to winter. And, it was 34* when we set out to catch the broilers and haul them to the house for processing.
|hauling the last batch of broilers|
With the broilers in the freezer, we are stocked up and ready for the “off-season” and we’re done with broilers until March when we start the whole cycle over again. I’m always glad to have that job finished! Particularly that last batch when we take a chance on the weather for processing day.
|the very last broiler of the 2014 season|
|last lambs of '14|
I guess it was just a week of lasts…we also hauled the last bunch of lambs off to the processor’s where they will become lambchops and other good stuff. We always heave a sigh of relief when we complete that trip with no complications. You never know what you will encounter while travelling on the interstate and hauling livestock doesn’t need to get “interesting”.
Before we headed out with the lambs, we got a message that our new flooring had arrived at the store and needed to be picked up. Wow! That was quick. Far quicker than we expected. But, it’s all good. We made a detour on our way home, picked up the flooring AND went out to lunch. We got the absolute BEST barbeque ever at Sooner's over in Draft. yumyumyum
|the floor job awaits|
Then, it was time to re-introduce the ewe lambs to the ewe flock. (which means Waylon headed back to his lonely “bachelor pad-dock” out back)
|aren't they "purty"?|
|ewes on a fall morning|
|Waylon does not seem thrilled with his solitary life|
but at least he's not crying this year!
Our other project for the week was to convince the hens that they really didn’t need/want to camp out under the stars at night time. For some unknown reason this flock particularly likes to sleep al fresco.
Our horse-trailer turned hen house is equipped with an electric door to insure their overnight safety. Did you read this one? But, it does absolutely NO good when the girls decide to sleep outdoors. Herding chickens in the dark is not a fun job. It’s not only NOT fun…it was downright impossible at first. After several nights of nocturnal hen herding, the number of rebels was down considerably. However, last night the numbers were up again. Unfortunately, chickens’ brains are very tiny, and our nightly hen roundup will have to continue for a while. My biggest concern is the upcoming cold weather. Without nighttime shelter, it is quite possible that they would freeze to death. And, that’s definitely not good for the egg business. So, we’ll keep going on our nightly treks with headlamp and flashlights…
|nocturnal hen herding|
Let's hope they get with the program soon!
We’re down to the wire with the Market season. And, can I say once more...JUST IN TIME…? It was 24* when I headed out toward town yesterday morning. It was beautiful and clear, the moon and contrails through the early morning sky making for an amazing sight.
|the photo doesn't do it justice...|
|...and it had warmed UP when I took this shot!|
Fortunately, the temperatures did rebound, albeit slightly, and the wind was not a factor until the last hour of the Market. Want to have some real fun? Try standing at the Market for five hours in the sub-freezing wind, attempting to have conversations and trying to make change…
|when the wind gets to whipping|
the farm banner acts as a sail, threatening to blow us off the map!
But, all in all it was a good week. Both at the Market and here on the hill. Much of our week passed like weeks always do around here…picking, packing, clearing spent crops and planting new ones. I do love the regularity and rhythm of life here on the hill.
And, while this may not have a real effect on your life…did you know that today is the last day of “Farmer Wave” week? (I know, there’s a special day or week for absolutely everything!) There is a guy out in Iowa who would like everyone to know and understand the “farmer wave”. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Watch this.
I’m sharing this so that you’ll know and understand why you are being greeted as you drive through the countryside. (and that you should indeed return the greeting) Personally, I had no idea just what a wave could mean until I had a life-changing encounter on Mbrk Road a couple of years ago. Read this! And, while the little old man in the story no longer lives at the edge of town, I think of him often as I drive along and wave at those I pass. Because, well…you just never know what effect that small act may have.
And, that my friends was another week on the hill.
|did you happen to see the Badger moon?|
I do hope you’re having a Happy Sunday!
Thanks for stopping by! Come on back and visit us again real soon.
Oh, yeah…a lesson for the week…
If you ever find yourself thinking you’ve seen it all…you’ve got it all figured out…I can assure you…you have NOT!
As evidence, I present this...Yes, it is an egg above the door to the henhouse.
|egg in the henhouse|
can you guess how it got there?
No, the Boss didn’t put it there. (honest)
Just another odd happening on the hill to keep us guessing, I reckon. I mean, how did the hen get up there…and WHY? (I did solve the mystery...sort of)
I hope you’re following along with the Ag Blogging Challenge. Here’s the link if you’re looking for some interesting reading for your Sunday afternoon.