Poop Piling Up

poop pileWith our illnesses, thing are not getting done around here.  One is that the poop is not getting spread.  So today I felt well enough to do this.  But, of course, I picked the wettest possible time.  The tractor is no help in this muck so I used the quad, a trailer and a pitchfork for the job.  Above is the pile after a couple of loads had been taken out.  Below is part of the muddy path I needed to use.

muddy path

And last is part of the garden with the poop spread on it.  I did 5 trailer loads before my back told me it was time to quit.

garden poop


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bottlingToday, a rainy cold one, we bottled 6 carboys of cider and wine.  Above we are about to start on the first carboy (carboy #7 of the year).  Below is carboy 7 of cider, all filtered into bottles.

carboy 7 bottlesAnd next is carboy 9 (carboy 8’s photos did not turn out and I forgot to photograph carboy 10).

carboy 9 bottlesAfter we finished the 4 carboys of cider, we bottled the 2 carboys of wine.  First is the red plum wine.

plum wine bottleThen we did the Island Belle grape wine.

island belle bottleSo now we have 10 case of cider and wine to age.  There are 8 more carboys to go.  And then I will have my dining room back again.







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Spring Preparations

I have been trying to plan for spring.  I am gathering supplies for spring goat and sheep maintenance and today ordered a capsule balling gun and albendazole from Caprine Supply.  I am hoping this balling gun will help give copper capsules to the goats more easily.  I am also making plans for lambing and kidding.  Trying to make sure there is space in the barn to keep the pregnant ewes and does for extra nutrition.  They will need their maintenance a little earlier than the rest of the flock.  I believe I have all the lambing and kidding supplies already but will need to double check that I am not forgetting something.  I discover this document about how to tube feed small ruminants.  I already have done this, quite a few times, but I thought it was a great resource for anyone that is new to it.  This is really a life saver for weak lambs and kids.  I have saved several using it.  See Fourth Page of original Farm Blog, Up to our Ears in Baby Goats!, Plans Gone Awry,  and Lambs- Old and New for examples.  Below is Lambikins who was saved by it last spring.

Dete lamb

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