Shoveling Horse Poop from the Ivory Tower (iris_fancier) wrote,
Shoveling Horse Poop from the Ivory Tower

Spring, yes?

Hot, cold, hot, colder--must be spring in Central Texas. The rain has greened up the pastures nicely, although the horses manage to keep the grass from growing as much as it needs to for the summer. All the goat babies have now been born, and most of them are doelings. Just right for building up the herd, except we have decided to sell off all but the pets this year. Go figure. I love having goats, and I look forward to the month of babies each spring, but we are not making anything selling them, and the feed bills keep going up. Anybody want a live lawn mower?

Ducks are laying beaucoup eggs, chickens are doing their part, and the turkeys have a "hidden" nest in the barn. Maybe we'll have our own chicks by the time the new order comes in next month. I ordered some Rio Grande wild turkeys to give Brown Bob some wives. (He's the only survivor of the last order, and the white Royal Palm hens won't have anything to do with him, poor horny bastard.) I also ordered some white Sultans just for fun. They are poofy all over: crest, muff, beard, leggings; they look like feather dusters on feet.

Thank goodness we had no hail, just a good bit of rain. Watching the ducks play in the rain and swim in the puddles was a hoot. The horses have a nice new mud hole to roll in, and they have. Yech. They look like four-legged lady mud wrestlers; no saddles on until it's warm enough for a bath!

I'm trying a recipe for pickled eggs to use up the hard-cooked duck eggs; I just hope the rest of the family likes them. The eggs will be ready in about 2-3 weeks.

And some simple math: rain + cleaning out the coop = great roses. Pictures to follow.
Tags: chickens, farm, goat babies

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