We have enjoyed some unseasonably warm weather lately for November so we took advantage and did a barn clean out.  What we were chuckling about was the goats relaxing and enjoying the view while we were doing all the labor.


It is also nice to use all this old hay for the pigs.  The pigs also took advantage of the warm weather and were laying out in the sun.   We also had quite an entertaining moment when were were cleaning out old canning jars and putting them in the compost pile for the pigs to dig through.  Several years back Dustin received a canning pressure cooker and went on a surge of canning.  Some did great, some not so much and we have been moving cases of canning vegetables from place to place.  There were 2 jars of old apple butter and I dumped one out and the pigs began to slurp up the leftovers.  I opened the second jar and fed them directly.

Pigs eating apple butter


Not only were we cleaning up our animals but we were visiting the neighbors and the kids were learning how to clean out the fish tank.  It is quite a sight and the kids end up learning so much.

Outside of that we have just been watching all the chicks get bigger.  They have been hanging out with the older ones and roam during the day.  They are approximately 17 weeks old and all looking good.  We were using an old ladder for their roosting sticks and I had Dustin put tape over them.  There were left overs of metal bars on the ladder and when the weather turns cold we were concerned that the chickens might freeze their feet.  I am still waiting to see who is a hen and a rooster.  I have a feeling I have a couple in the mix.  We will have to see if anyone will challenge Bob to be the big man in charge.

Published by chickwithawhistle

I am a school administrator by day and a new hobby farmer by night. My family consists of my husband, a farmer boy at heart, and myself, a city girl learning the ropes, along with our two children. We are excited to embark on this new adventure.

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