Sorry, I am behind on my writing, things are going on that have left me a bit more busy then I am normally, nothing that time won’t fix 🙂
The challenge itself is going and I can see the end in sight, and let me tell ya, the first week of being able to eat from the store, will have a lot of salad, and fresh fruits in it.. that’s for sure.. I will start up my daily juicing..
In fact I think if this challenge this year has a big lesson its the fact that while we can eat local and from the pantry, even so, we truly programmed to think “global”, a perfect example is getting Vit C from Spruce tips, easy to do, I have them in the yard, and there are lots of great ways to bring them into your meals, but so many others are, I will dry lemon’s or limes or have lemon juice etc.. and that’s great up to a point.. but I really do think its worth learning what you can get locally as well.
So now to a good topic, I have been given permission from Dh to “softly” look for our new riding horse, My dad is looking at barns and he is working on getting things set up for having his horse’s, I don’t expect Sam to leave anytime soon, I am not even sure if he will leave this year, but I am hopeful that it will be ready by this fall, if they are going to room and board him while dad works for the winter, then it might make more sense for him to just stay here, that is up in the air at this time.
But what is not up in the air, is that while general riding of Sam is good, if I am going to put many hours of training and clinics and do different things, it would be better to do these with a horse that was staying for many years. I adore the big old guy, but my folks picked him because he was a good fit for them, and I think that is still the case 🙂
So I am gently looking now for our second horse, I have a good list of “rules” and so it might take a while to make it happen 🙂 or the right horse might fall into my lap, you never can tell..
Now onto the not so good news.. I am having a fowl issue.. its related to a intestinal bug that one of the new birds brought onto the farm and its causing some real issues..
Now the big problem becomes, the healthy adult fowl are immune but carriers but put a little stress in there and BAM, we have real problems.. Start bringing in wee ones and suddenly, I am throwing good money after bad..
So there are a few ways to deal with this..
Treat everyone with dewormer and antibodics and see if we can kick it from the current healthy but carrying birds, combined with total spring cleaning of pens, composting of bedding and vitconing all pens before putting in fresh bedding and I mean all the pen, the floor, the walls, the perches, the nesting box’s everything..
And then repeat in two weeks and then see what happens.. This is where we are at now, I don’t like using medication for no reason in feed but when something like this happens, I am so thankful that we have vets and medication.
We cull, we cull every single fowl off the farm, putting all the healthy ones into the freezer for us, we clean everything out, we Vitcon it all.. and we go the whole summer/winter with no birds, and we bring in all new chicks in late winter and start all my programs over..
That’s what I am looking at right now.. and I am split.. I know, that the better choice is Cull hard now.. clean, treat an carry over the laying hens till fall.. cull them all.. going into winter with clean pens, and no fowl on the farm at all.. and then bring in all new chicks, ducklings or pullets, or goslings in late winter and start over..
But they have names and some of them have been with me for up to six years now.. they are not just “birds” they are part of the farm, they are part of my day, they have jobs to do, no fresh eggs, no babies for the whole season, no bug patrol on the gardens, no fly control in the barns and yards..
Torn, so torn.. and that is where I am at.. FG