Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Castration Day - I Was This Close...No Not for That!!!!
Only 100 Million things to do today and I almost got them all done. I debated letting the flock out this morning because I had a 10:30 appointment for the Vet to stop by and castrate the 14 little boy lambs. I figured it might be easier to keep em in rather than attempting to round em all back up again when he got here. Trouble is attempting to feed the 40 some-odd grain crazed monsters without putting the grain in the feeders while they are trapped on the other side of a gate is perilous at best.
So I decided to feed em outside. Then the Vet showed up early.
I am amazed at the size some of these boys have grown into in less than a month. We had some hefty lambs this year. It was almost as bad as shearing a couple of them they have gotten so heavy.
Having to hold the little guys while the Vet went to work was painful, for me and the poor boy lambs. We got it done in record time though and the barn yard was awful quiet and noticeably depopulated all day as the little guys recovered.
Then I started really busting butt on stage 2 of the fencing project. I finished up the electric side of it yesterday, tested it out (with a tester I tried to make my son pee on it but he wouldn't) and was ready to finish this stage today. I pounded posts, set the temporary portion with hog panels and got everything ready to go to put in the final two wooden posts and stretch the last 70 feet of woven wire when Saybrook colony decided to kick out a swarm.
Just great. Man I feel like the worst bee keeper every this year. I would have swore that hive was no where near swarming. I guess I should have looked at every frame bottom when I opened it up.
So I had to drop everything and switch gears to swarm capture mode. This makes the fifth swarm I have captured this year so far and swarm season is really just getting started. I am now so low on replacement equipment I am going to have to work all night on the four new bottom boards I got half finished out in the shop. To top it off I need to start mowing once again as well.
It's a good thing I didn't plant much of a garden this year. OH BTW the Buckwheat is coming in strong now although it has some catching up to do to beat out the Fescue and other weeds. The Pumpkins are coming up nicely and my beans have sprouted as well.
I guess the last part of stage two will have to wait for tomorrow. I think it's time to wash the lamb blood, bee stuff and other assorted things off and then start to work on those bottom boards.
There should be a rule that days from Mid April to the end of June have 26 hours a daylight I think.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!