Here in Ohio, I think we have skipped spring and jumped straight into summer! I watched a few minutes of the news last night and we are above normal temperatures all this week. I am not comlaining a bit, the warm, sunny weather has been very nice to ride the horses in.
If you have been following me long, I am willing to bet it is no surprise when I say that since spring seems to have sprung, things have picked up here on the farm. Over the weekend, my younger siblings helped my plant the rest of the peas to go with the potatos. Garden plans are being made and I picked up Grandpa’s plow to till the garden in preparation for planting in just about 2 weeks!
I set eggs in the incubater a few days ago, and I am not having very much luck. I am still hopeful that candling in a few days will bring me good results. The humiditiy and temperature have been very difficult to get regulated this go around, even more so with the hot humid weather the past few days. Truly only time will tell, but I was worried about another bad hatch, and impulsively bought 15 chicks that the farm store had marked down to $1 a piece Sunday…. I think I may have a problem. I never being a chicken, or rather a chick, addict was a problem that someone could really have.
The meat chickens are growing well! They are 13 days away from butchering. I must say they are eating like pigs! Which is great because that means they are healthy and growing well. They are one thing on the farm I am excited to see come, but ready to see go also. I enjoy them, but I am glad I prepared and started them a little early this year. It means the work will be done a few weeks earlier than normal and the busiest part of my summer has one less thing in it.
This weather has been wonderful for working horses! I started Bart back on the barrel pattern last night and I am pleased with how he did. I really think this is going to be his year to come into himself so we can see what we have. The little filly is doing better each ride also! She is very smart, and so far seems fairly eager to work. I just hope it stays that way.
The next few weeks will be busy as I hopefully get the ‘spring’ list checked off, but this is my favorite time of year. The flowers are blooming, the grass is growing and the sun stays up a bit later. Enjoy the weather!