Is there anything better than a hot cup of coffee on a cold morning? I need to get my butt in gear and get out and get the milking done because I need to be in Hickory by 9:30. Lots of mornings I try like heck to get Wally to call in sick and stay home with me. It doesn’t work. He’s so damned disciplined! He’s coming down with another cold. He blames being out in the rain on Sunday. Funny, I was out in the rain too, but I didn’t get sick, at least not yet. Must be all the raw milk I drink.
The new job is going well. What a glorious job it is! I couldn’t have found a better one.
Gas is getting stupid expensive again. It’s crazy! There are days that Yoda sits in the driveway and doesn’t move. The heat is broke in him and I can’t justify the expense of getting it fixed. It’s going to be a chilly ride to Hickory.
Since I have to milk Heather in the PM, I’ve started to milk Gwen again too. Her production is picking up a bit! Yea! I save the milk to soak alfalfa pellets for the chickens. The chicks are really going for the spouted oats and barley and alfalfa soaked in milk. It remains to be seen how they will grow on it.
If Wally doesn’t feel too bad tonight, we are going to process the last three fryer rabbits. I need the cage space. As soon as we have the money available, I’m going to order three more 30 x 30 cages to be used as grow out cages. I put two more does in with Keri in the dog run. I need to treat one of them for ear mites. Ivermectin works well for that. Keri had ear mites, but hers are gone now. She’s still sneezing a bit. I’ve picked out one Creme buck to keep, he’s smaller than the others, but he has a nice temperament. As of now, I’m keeping all of the does.
We had our first steaks from Spot on the grill last night. I need to take over grilling duties. Wally always overcooks the meat and it ends up tough. He doesn’t like his meat rare or even medium, but what he doesn’t understand is that you can’t overcook grass-fed meat. If he wants to eat tough meat, then fine, but I don’t like it.
I made several small pans of goat cheese lasagna using the last package of our pork sausage. If he’s up to doing the rabbits tonight, that’s what we’ll have for supper.
I raised the price on our eggs yesterday to $4/dozen. Hopefully without corn or soy in their diets, the chickens will continue to lay. They should this time of year, but once the days shorten, it may be more difficult. Hopefully the chicks that are hens will be starting to lay at that time and will take us through the winter. It seems if I “wean” them on the soy and corn-free diet, they should do well on it. I think the mindset I need to keep is that if I feed the chickens (and everything else) in this manner, they are not going to produce as much as they would if fed artificial food (namely soy); but what they do produce will be far healthier.
I can’t procrastinate any longer. Need to get out there and get it done.
Until later …