Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Chickens, rapid blight, and dark mornings.
The really nice thing is that they're already producing eggs. Last time we got chickens we started with young girls, and by the time they started laying eggs, they got eaten. This time they are already laying, and hopefully Mr. Bond will keep them safer. Side note, roosters keep hens safer, they often die in the process, but that is in fact, their job. Egg wise since Thursday we've gotten at least 4 eggs a day. At the rate we currently consume eggs we're going to get far more eggs than we can eat, but that's fine. We can share eggs with friends that have helped us, bake as much as we want, and sell eggs if we have that much of a surplus.
The other things going on right now other than the cold weather is that our formerly lush tomato morass got hit by major blight, and it's just swept through and wiped out all of our tomato plants. On the up side some of the tomatoes are still ripening up, but all of our plants are perishing. It's mostly a bit frustrating because of the fact that it's happening before the cold kills them off. We have already been getting frost advisories every night this week which is a reminder that winter is really and truly on the way. We haven't yet had a frost or freeze, but with my new and improved (?) wake up time of 6:30, I'll be sure to see the first morning that it's true.
On the rabbit front, I just couldn't get a decent photo to save my life this morning. I'll see if the Lady of the House can get some photos so I can do a good update on Thursday. Right now we're waiting on kits. I need to go back and figure out the dates we did breedings. I also need to finish killing and processing the last of the teens that I started last weekend so I can shift the kits over away from the moms about to pop.
I'm also hoping to get one last breeding out of Twilight, so we'll see how that goes. We are probably done until Spring though given how cold it is.