Tuesday, September 07, 2010

It's been busy around the Farmette ...................................


over the last week. I've been cleaning and getting the garlic ready to store. I've also been deciding which heads I'll keep for seed to plant next month.


Hubby and I spent all day last Thursday getting a separate pen set up for the little buck , we thought the small dog lot would hold him until we got ready to introduce him to Jazz and Jo. But he almost beat us to the house that night (LOL). So we had to put him in the lot with the girls , hoping they don't make babies to soon.


We had several small boards leftover from the shelving we built the goat shed from , but they had lots of nails in them. So I spent several mornings pulling nails out of those boards. I'm planning to cut them in half and re purpose them for tomato stakes next year. Some are starting to rot , we'll burn those this winter , they'll be great to use as kindling.



The broody guinea is still on her nest in the coop , but the date for the eggs hatching was the 3rd ................................................


all the guineas gathered in the coop on that date , but they didn't hatch.
I'm giving her an extra week on the eggs , but I don't think they're going to hatch. So if they haven't hatched by Thursday , I'll toss the eggs out and block her out of the nest. The other guinea is still sitting on her nest , but I'm not sure on her date for the hatching of her eggs. It should be this week or next , we're hoping they'll hatch and we can get to the keets before a predator does.

The garden has almost dried up , it's been so hot and we haven't had rain in about a month. We're still getting a few small tomatoes and peppers.


I let Ms. Crew retire for a few days , but I decided she might make a good decoy around the chicken coop. So now , she's keeping a watch over the chickens , goats and the other broody guinea.
That's what I've been up to over the last week.
What have you been up to ?
~ Many Blessings ~
JoyceAnn

5 comments:

edenhills said...

It does certainly look like you have been busy. I hope you get some guinea babies (didn't know they were called keets). The garlic and veggies are looking good. I guess you will be expecting kids in about five months. I'm really hoping to avoid Feb. babies.

Teresa

Flassie's Fil'a said...

Ms Crew should like this
much better than trying to
stand around all day. So now
she gets to sit on the job. lol!

Hoping for Keets! Can you candle them to make sure before you toss?
I read using a strong mag light standing in a pitch black closet is a good alternative to see if there are keets inside. Look up egg candling online and find out how to do it and what you are suppose to see inside a fertile egg.

We had rain. We had a cooler
summer compared to last year.

I think I will go gather up
those filberts and hope for
the best.

I made 4 more pints of
clover syrup. Made an
apple crisp and froze
some apples for later.

God Bless You and Yours!!!

Flassie's Fil'a said...

http://www.guineafowl.com/fritsfarm/guineas/candling/

Here is the link I found.
You can delete it when your
finished looking at it.

Flassie's Fil'a said...

I opened the nuts and
worms or nothing was
inside them. So I think
I will pass on collecting
them.

God Bless You and Yours!!!

JoyceAnn said...

Hi Teresa ~ He's still young , so I'm hoping it will be another month or so before they mate. If not I guess it will be o.k. , our winters aren't to severe , so we'll manage.

Hi Flassie ~ Sounds like you've been busy too. I don't think I'm going to bother with candling these eggs , they're looking pretty nasty. She was off the nest yesterday for a little while , so I got a chance to check them out. I'm sure they just need tossing.
Thank-you for the link about candling. Sorry to hear about the nuts being wormy.

~ Blessings ~