It has been a very busy few weeks here at Mossy Banks farm. I figured it was high time I sat down and gave a run down on what’s been going on.
More Help Arrives
The first big change is an extra set of hands has moved in to Mossy Banks for the season – Dillon! I may yet catch a photo of him, but for now you’ll just have to take my word for it. He’s a hard worker and seems to prefer the more strenuous jobs do the mundane – which is pretty handy for all the fencing that needs to be done. He’s thinking of entering the farming game, but wants to give it a try before he dives on in.
Annie hatched out seven ducklings a week or so ago: four yellow (soon to be white) ones, and three coloured ones. Sam went broody, too, with over a dozen eggs under her in the food forest, and another white duck in the food forest has gone broody on the other side of their hutch with another dozen-ish eggs. We shall be overrun with cuteness in the coming months!
Kia, Nibbles, their lambs, and the lamb from last year (who is for sale) share a tractor. Depending on the lushness of the grass, they only need to be moved once a day. Sparse grass needs extra moving.
We picked up six pigs from a farmer up in Yellowpoint on Saturday. Here they are in a much-too-small pig tractor – an electrified sheep tractor. We currently have to move them every day. We will be extending the tractor to be 20×10 or 20×20 soon, and that should take them a couple of days between moves. It’s a lot more finicky with the electric fence!
The pigs are clearing out the grass for our food forest workshop next month – sign up for it here!
We bought a mixed batch of chickens at the poultry swap – some two month olds and some point-of lay. Our kids in the Cabin Coop are laying around thirty eggs a day! (Speaking of which, does anyone need eggs?).
The two month olds are following the sheep tractors in their own tractor, helping control whatever parasites we may have.
Other things happened…
Our new rabbits escaped from their tractor, which is a little bit sad. But life happens! I wish them well in their new adventures.
The gardens are slowly catching up to where they should be this time of year.
The plants in the small Food Forest are all protected from the ducks, and the clover is finally coming up where we tarped the grass away.
Seedlings have been started, hardened off, and transplanted…
This farm is getting into shape!