It was windy all day, but no storm or rain during the night. The temperature did drop from 73°at 12:30 AM to 47° .
Well, so far the two Buff hens are still setting. I had DH lift them to see for sure how many eggs are under there. All you see when you drop down the nest door is the rear end!
Here is what they are setting on...I may put 3 more eggs under the girl on the left.
and girl No. 2,
She is the one that pecks! That scares me...so DH gets to do it.
In about 21 days we should have baby chicks!
Next was Willow..........she went into the barn pretty easily, but didn't let down her milk for me, nor did she eat. Of course the big baby bawling continuously didn't help. Here is the new milking area: You can see that she is not relaxed; she keeps her eye on me all the time. I didn't get much milk but tried again in the evening and got altogether counting morning about 1.25 gallons which is about half what I should have.
I have decided to completely wean her calf. He is just 2 months from having to be weaned. I will dry Willow the last of May.
I promised I would share all aspects of farm life with you. Well, yesterday morning we had one of the ugly events. Thankfully, they don't happen often. A cow was trying to calve, rear presentation. DH managed to get her up to the working area. We could tell the calf was dead and the smell was awful. We finally manage the get it out. She didn't want to get up so I prompted her a couple of times to be sure she could. Sometimes large calves will cause paralysis. She got up and then laid/dropped back down. We just left her alone. By evening she had gone back to the field. I will have the vet check her at some point for uterine damage. It was a humongous bull calf. Once again, the working alley was a blessing.
No pictures...no one needs to see that, including me!
By the time all the above was finished it was 9 AM and I was bushed. I decided to fore go gardening. It was also horribly windy.
Ilene talking about cooking the l0 lb bag of chicken quarters influenced me! You can check it out here
I did almost exactly as she did. I have the Street Meat in the marinade in the refrigerator now....I forgot to skin the thighs and didn't debone intentionally but may today. I also had to ad lib on some of the spices. That is not a fair test of a recipe but so be it.
Here is the fried chicken dinner:
For dessert we had a dish of semi-thawed Red Haven peaches from our tree last year.
They have a reddish tint.
and I have to show this dinner. Our first asparagus! and it was delicious, small but very good.
The meat is ground ham from the last time we butchered.