If we’ve seemed a little MIA lately (did anyone even notice, ha ha?) – either here on the blog or in visiting our other blog friends, all is fine here, we’re just very busy! Spring is our busiest time of the year here on the farm. While yard cleanup is mostly done, the early veggies are popping up, and the seedlings are growing quickly, there is still a lot more to do! We planted potatoes this weekend, and I also set out some herbs that can take any colder temperatures that might still come around.
While many in our area consider Memorial Day weekend to be prime planting time, I won’t set out plants until the first weekend of June. I’ve been burned (or rather, my plants have been frozen!) before by putting things out too early. We’ll put more seeds in but the tomatoes, peppers, and other herbs will have to wait. I’ll keep busy bringing them out during the day to get used to the elements and then back in at night.
The growing chicks are keeping us busy, and wow, are they growing fast! It’s time for a cage cleaning, and we’ll be moving them into the larger dog crate at the same time. As you can see from the photos they are getting more and more active, and already jumping to the sides of their heater, which will also have to get raised so they can continue to fit underneath! Two of the yellow ones are a lot smaller than the others, and I need to do some research to figure out which breed they might be. The ones with the grey wings seem the friendliest. They still all tend to hide in the back when we approach, so the larger crate will also make it easier for us to reach them for handling so they’ll get more accustomed to us.
The crazy guinea hens are keeping us challenged and entertained, and we’ll be continuing our series this year “Life With Guinea Hens”. As I mentioned recently, our two females have started to lay eggs, and we had a plan to keep them safe from predators while doing so. That’s given us a whole story to tell….hint….what is it they say about the best laid plans?
Now that our weather has finally been improving, Luke and I have been having some nice walks. He’s also given me some challenges though, and made me realize I’d slacked off on training (again). So we have a few things we’re working on, along with some fun stuff, and we’ll be telling you more about that soon too.
I have also added some new products to our online store – handmade beeswax candles. I’ve enjoyed learning how to make these (and it was a learning process for sure!). Beeswax is more challenging to work with than other waxes, but we wanted to keep it natural. It burns clean and can even help purify the air in your house. I added some dried herbs to some of them, and I’m working on more scents and ideas. We are also running a 50% off sale on all of our sugar scrubs and scented sachets. I’m reformulating the sugar scrubs so want to sell out the inventory I have left. I’ve been using coconut oil in that product, but the fact that it solidifies in cooler temperatures makes it harder to use, so I’m going to switch over to grapeseed oil, which is also healthy and nourishing for skin.
As you can see, we have lots of stories to tell, I just need the time to sit down and write them. It will come – so stay tuned!
Is spring a busy time for you and your pets?
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Melissa Clinton says
Wow! Y’all are super busy but seem to be loving it!!
It feels like a lot sometimes, but still beats having to go to a job! 🙂
It does sound like you’ve been busy! Spring always requires us to revisit some of our training, too–we spend so much time having the world to ourselves in the winter that by the time nice weather rolls around we have so many new distractions to deal with again. It sounds like you’ll have lots of good stories to share once you have time to sit down and write again 🙂
I’m glad it’s not just us! I think it’s all the smells that come out in the spring that cause Luke to lose his mind on walks. LOL
JoAnn Stancer says
Gosh those chicks are cute, I still haven’t decided if or when I’m getting chickens again.
I hope you do, but understand you have a lot of other stuff going on there!
Lynn LaChance says
Wow, busy times for sure!! So much awesome going on though, enjoy every moment with the birds and Luke!
Ellen Pilch says
Luke is a great helper. Thanks for the reminder to plant potatoes 🙂
Potatoes are so fun, aren’t they? I love digging into the dirt to see what you find. 🙂
The Island Cats says
Wow, you do have lots going on! This is a busy time for our peeps too. The mom will be planting flowers soon.
We hope she’ll share some photos – your new home is so awesome!
Monika, Sam & Elsa says
The peeps are sure adorable! Yeah, I totally understand the whole wait to plant thing. It’s been raining/snowing all day and there’s a winter storm watch in effect in the high country. Gotta love ‘Springtime in the Rockies.’
Yikes! I sure hope we don’t see any snow – or even frost – again this season, but you just never know!!
Chicks are getting bigger. I missed you. Always enjoys reading your posts.
Thank you, Crystal! The chicks grow so fast I can’t even keep up with it. 🙂
Jodi Stone says
Just think though, all the busyness of spring will pay off with the fall harvest!
We sure can’t wait for that!!
Catscue Catmom says
Wowza! Busy is right, how do you keep up with it all? Farmers are amazing – you should write a book on time management, oh yeah, you’re too busy – LOL!
I love the pictures of Luke, the adorable chicks and Guinea Hens – can’t wait for the next post, but will understand that it may be some time in coming as you have so many little ones to care for. Have a great week!
Thank you!! I am honestly not sure how we do keep up with it all, and I’m still figuring the time management thing out (prioritizing is key!!).
I am learning that farming is a job without any days off, that’s for sure!! But it’s still better than anything else!
Ducky's Mom says
Well, you’re not the only one who’s been MIA lately – with the exception of the blog post on Saturday – but, yes, I have noticed.
The chicks are adorable – so fuzzy! I wish we lived closer so I could get our eggs from you, and let Luke and Ducky be real playmates instead of just online. And so you and I could get together, too!
Wouldn’t that be fun!!! ♥♥♥
Brian Frum says
I know this is the busy time of the year on your farm and I’m sure glad Luke is being so helpful. We’re ready for the stories!
Some of them are still playing out! 🙂
Awww on Luke and all the peeps. They are so cute when they are chicks. I so remember as I was raised on a farm.
We’ve been having storm after storm here. It’s rained and then rained some more.
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Have a fabulous Awww Monday. Scritches to Luke. ♥
We’ve been getting a lot of rain too. A completely rain free day has been rare. At least it’s been warming up, that helps!
Mary Hone says
Always something to do in the spring on a busy farm. Good for you guys for doing so much, and making it work.
It’s a labor of love!!
Molly the AireGirl says
Yes, you certainly are very busy! The baby chicks are so cute!
We bought some flowers and put them out the other day, but that is it for us. Mom isn’t into gardening, so the only change around here is having to mow the lawn every week. The chicks are still adorable. Wish they would stay cute and fuzzy forever. Enjoy all your spring preparations.
I can’t imagine how your Mom could find time for gardening even if she wanted to! We saw your flowers on FB and they were very pretty. You and your Mom always do such a nice job with those.
We wish the chicks would stay cute and fuzzy too, but I guess they have to grow up if we want the eggs! 🙂
No wonder you dont have time to do the blog your so busy!Lovely to see spring has sprung and all the chicks and plants flourishing,Luke seems to be supervising very well
Luke considers himself an expert garden helper. 🙂
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