This is a continuing story of two people, four dogs, three barn cats, 8 pet turkeys, 6 guinea fowl, 20 ducks, 125 chickens, 1 rabbit, 5 alpacas, 4 sheep, a Llama, A Sicilian Micro-mini donkey, a Sicilian mini donkey and her baby and their life long dream to run a little 9 acre farm in upstate New York. After you read the blog entries, go to our regular farm web site, and then to our wonderful farm and fiber Shop that we built and opened in 2011. The links are on the left.
I guess if I have anything to do outside today I better get
it done before noon, because around noon it is supposed to start raining. According
to what Vick said, we should have rain for the next couple of days. One good
thing…if it rained for a couple of days, the snow should all melt and go
downstream. I won’t really miss the snow, because we’ve had more than enough
for the entire year in the two snowstorms that we’ve had already. I would just
assume it would melt and then stay cold until spring without any snow on the
Yesterday I received my Dragon voice recognition software
that I will use to dictate my books. In fact, I’m using the software right now
to do this morning’s blog. It’s extremely neat because you don’t have to do any
typing…just simply sit back and think about what you want to say, say it and the
program types it for you. It is so much quicker than the old conventional use of
the keyboard. There is a slight learning curve though because you must set up a
profile of yourself so the software can recognize your voice and what you’re
saying. Sometimes it does not recognize the word you say, but types something
which sounds similar. Therefore, you end up with a sentence that doesn’t make
any sense and looks funny until you back and make the correction.
On a new note…it looks like we have got the upper hand on
the problem in the chicken Coop. As of last evening when we put the birds away
for the night, we found only two that had eyes swollen shut. All the rest were
back to normal, so we will continue to use the medication in the water for
another day or so and pull the eggs and throw them out. We would not sell them
to customers until four days passed the time we remove the medication from the
water. At that time the medication should be out of the chickens system and the
eggs will then be suitable to sell customers again.
Oddly enough, the ducks never seem to get sick or are
affected by anything. They can dig through the most miserable muck and slop or
muddy water with no worries about becoming sick.
The turkeys are doing well, because we keep them separated
from everything and everyone else. We have found long ago…that if you allow the
turkeys and chickens to mingle together, the turkeys will always become sick
from the chicken droppings. We therefore have a separate pasture pen for the
turkeys to come out and peck around all day long without mingling with
This is the time of year that all we have to do is feed the
animals and clean the barns, while waiting for spring to arrive.
Once spring arrives, we planned to build the farm store,
which we’ve already planned. For now it’s a waiting game.
While we’re waiting, Vick and I are going to do our exercise
and weight reduction program in the basement on the treadmill and elliptical
runner. I suppose we could even do a program on the bow flex. If nothing else I
can do knee and leg strengthening exercises on the bow flex in the sitting
position. At least we have the machines in the basement and we don’t have to go
anywhere to do it, so we can plan a program for the same time every day. When
the weather’s nice, Vick and I plan to walk on the road, stretching our time
and distance to more and more every day. This is what we’ll do during the
winter until spring arrives when we can get out and be busy doing other things on
the farm again.
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