on Timber Creek Farm
April treated us well. We had the usual wild and moody swings in weather. After having baby bunnies and then chicks in our house from the beginning of January, we are finally back to what we consider normal. All the bunnies have been at the farm since early in March but the chicks are all there now too. The four red pullets I picked up from Tractor Supply (and yes! they did turn out to all be pullets!) are settled in with our bantam rooster and hen in the small part of the coop. Not sure that will stay that way permanently but it’s working for now. The four pullets look huge compared to the bantams. Then the ten chicks we received in mid March left to go to the mini coop inside the big coop during some very warm mid April weather. And then it got cold again! I scrambled to set them up so they would all be warm enough and they all did just fine. The coop stays a good 15 degrees warmer than the outside air temperature. Now that the warm air has returned, the chicks are getting some real outside time almost daily.
So now that my house if closer to normal and only the house bunny and Chief with fur, it was time to start cleaning! Wow, all those little peeps really kick up a dust storm.
Our sheep and goat shearer came on April 4 and everyone got a spring haircut. The wool from the sheep is yummy and fairly clean this year. Ike and Brin’s wasn’t as long as I had hoped though so we will probably have to go with a yearly shearing for the sheep. The goats need twice a year shearing so I was having the sheep sheared also. But they need longer, it looks like. I will be prepping the wool to go to the fiber processor soon. Can’t wait to get back the beautiful new yarns.
The three bunnies from Raven’s winter litter are all grown up. And they all have names! They are sweet and even though this was an unexpected surprise litter, they will all have a good life here. We tried putting all four boys together but it was quickly obvious that the older bunnies, Quincey and Gizmo and Josey and Jack were not going to get along. Through the fence separating their pens, they are very cute and friendly but if together they started to tangle. So now we have three bunny pens.
Sometimes we actually sit and rest.
Or take a walk with a friend
And sometimes we are just filled with joy and love of life.
Many of this winter’s piglets have been sold but there are a few cute little faces left to greet us in the morning.
Maryland Poultry Show and Swap
Towards the end of April we stopped at the Maryland Poultry Show and Swap. Most of the poultry had been sold by the time we arrived so my photos are not of poultry! I probably would not bring home any livestock from a swap because I don’t have a place right now for the quarantine period. There was a young couple there representing their winery. Red Heifer Winery has a unique story behind it and I was glad to have the opportunity to support a local Maryland winery. The truck was part of a display at one of the booths. I love the vintage look and how they used it to display other items.
Since I didn’t get photos of poultry at the show, how about a little photo session time with our feathered beauties.
A couple more of the goats!
I hope you enjoyed the photo journey through April on the farm. We are heading into May and gardening season. Let us know what is happening on your farm and homestead too! We love to hear from you.
Janet writes about many homestead and livestock related topics on her blog Timber Creek Farm. Her new book, Chickens From Scratch, is available now through the Timber Creek Farm website or from Amazon.com