I purchased meat chicks, they should arrive in about 2 weeks! I got red broilers and slow-growing white broilers, 25 birds in total. This is our first year doing meat birds, I'm excited to see how they turn out!
Also planted some seeds (lettuce, spinach, kale, radishes, onions and carrots) in the greenhouse, but nothing has come up yet. It's still pretty cold here, there's still snow on the ground.
How exciting! I'm itching to get meat chickens (well not actual broilers, but a nicer eating, slower growing heavy heritage breed) and get a garden put in, but we've had such crazy weather that we've not been able to do much yet. Have chicken coops and tractors to build, and a chicken run to fence off (my chickens are free ranging at the moment which means I can't plant anything or they dig it up!) We have an existing raised bed area outside of our fenced yard, but it's not fenced off on the other sides and the cows would eat anything I plant there too. lol. So I really need the weather to bugger off. We had a whole month of insane heawave (35-46 degrees Celcius - usually there are less than 6 days a year where it even reaches 32 degrees, let alone much hotter) and the last two weeks have been so wet. 41.5 centimeters (16 inches) of rain in two weeks, with over 30cm of that in 2 days...
DH has 3 weeks holidays now though with his parents coming for a visit so hopefully with their help we can take care of a lot of things on my list.
We did get goats though! We have 3 Alpine/Nubian does, about 10 months old. They're currently at another farm visiting a buck, so hopefully they return pregnant and in 5 months from now we'll have babies and loads of milk! Also got a lovely breeding pair of gold laced wyandotte chickens (yay my first rooster) and I'm hopefully picking up a breeding trio of speckled sussex early next week. really really need to get their coops finished now though...
That sounds lovely, so glad everything has worked out for you. We live on an acreage and are working our way to being a bit more self sustaining, although we have pretty harsh winters and we live in the foothills of the mountains so our growing season is really short for gardens. We also have so much wildlife that it's nearly impossible to keep a garden, so we are going to do planter boxes on our raised wrap around deck and hope the deer don't come up the deck stairs to get at them! Really we will only grow enough to have fresh veggies for the summer months, but it's better than nothing! We are getting chickens (both for meat and eggs) this summer once my OH builds the chicken coop, and I think I would like to get a turkey so we can have it at Christmas time. Then next year we are going to get a couple of norweigan dwarf goats for milk, and a couple of sheep so we can raise the lambs for meat. I have been doing a lot of research into making my own yogurt and cheeses from the goat milk and I'm super excited to get started with that! We are going to ease into things over the next few years because I am due to have a baby in June and my OH is worried I will be overwhelmed with learning to care for the animals on top of having a newborn and an 18 month old to look after. We also have to worry about the predators getting at our livestock (coyotes, foxes, and cougars) so need to look into getting a donkey or llama as a protection animal because my golden retriever would run for the hills instead of protecting our animals! We are also looking at getting solar panels on the roof but again, we don't get enough sunlight in the winter for it to be completely self-sustaining. Also thinking about doing hydroponics in our crawl space so we can have veggies year round, but that will be many years in the future!
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