Saturday, April 18, 2015
Finally Some Fence Progress
I switched my fencing priorities around some since the tiller didn't work out and the grass is growing I decided to start putting in posts up closer to the barn and save the East pasture for later. The part on the West side of the barn drains much better and this way I can start letting the entire flock out on it when it needs mowing.
Since we missed the rain last night and this morning the ground was perfect for running the post hole auger and we got the first six posts set in the ground. This will cover the main corner posts (pictured above), the main gate and a walk in gate that then attaches to the side of the barn.
Now if we get some rain tonight and tomorrow the ground will settle a bit more so I can tamp it down a few more times and start hanging gates and running wire or using parts of cattle panels. My goal if the rain cooperates is to have this section finished by early next week and allow the flock to start munching the grass. That will cut about half an hour off the mow schedule each time it needs it.
We allowed the ancient Border Collie rescue dog we have to meet the new bottle lamb this afternoon.
The lamb wasn't too sure about the whole thing though. We then put bottle baby into the play stall so he could start meeting other sheep a bit. This maneuver is my way of weaning my mother off the lamb as much as it is starting to introduce the lamb to his own kind. I wouldn't worry about it so much if it was a ewe we were going to keep but we don't need anymore whethers running around.
The Gooseberries are blooming like mad now although I never see any bees working them we have a huge bush that produces a lot of berries each year. Last year I let the sheep browse the bush back a bit so not sure how it will produce this year. We also have baby peaches coming in as well.
I have been neglecting my bees so bad this year but perhaps things can shift a bit now since the last confirmed pregnant ewe delivered this morning. She had two black Girls which brings our total up to 14 boys and 13 girls. I am pretty well convinced Sammich isn't bred. There was some question about if she could actually breed anyway since she was such a sickly baby and I really don't think she can now. Still I will keep a close eye on her for the next few weeks but she isn't even showing the beginnings of any utter growth. As much of an escape artist and as ornery as she is it wouldn't surprise me that even if she could get preggo she didn't find a way to escape the Frazier's affections.
Oh well she is such a ham and so adorable even when being a pain in the ass that even I wouldn't think of getting rid of her. She is almost like the Small-Hold mascot at this point.
Guess we will see if the rains come and keep me inside or outside tomorrow.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!