The quail are now 1 week old and I have taken them home from school. It was pretty special to see how many kids and staff wanted to talk about the new baby chicks over the week. We ended up with having 16 hatch out of 36. I have 8 Texas A & M and the rest are Coturnix Quail. The kids set up a “natural” environment with sticks and hiding places. I think the chicks loved it because they all stretched out and took a nap. We joke that we needed to keep checking on them to make sure they were alive.
The new BIG Toy
The other big news around the farm is the new addition of a John Deere tractor. This was a christmas present that took a few months to come in. I headed to the dealer so I could get some driving lessons. I kept reminding him that I haven’t driven stick since I was 16. I will have to admit I had a lot of fun.
I want to give a big shout out to Minnesota Equipment in Rogers because it was really nice to have someone right next to me to walk me through all the bells and whistles. I am very excited to take it out to the field and see what it can do.
GOAT MILK & LARD SOAP
The last final update is on the use of the lard from the pigs. We have tried lard goat milk soap to see how we like it. I had saved the cleanest lard for hoping to do soapmaking. I was blessed to have my neighbor be a veteran with the process so we made a batch together. We poured them into molds last week and am letting them cure for the next few weeks. It was easier than I thought so we will see if we like how it feels when we use it.