Thursday, October 15, 2015

One surviving tomato, and poultry thoughts.

I think we've found some tomato seeds to save. This plant is incredibly stubborn and very hearty. It isn't doing very well at this point, but really I didn't expect it to be alive at all at this point given the number of frosts it's taken. Anyhow, there's a few last tomatoes holding on despite the cold weather and frosts, and it's kinda fun to come out and see. That bright red tomato under the right side of the plant, that one is probably going to be what I pick for seed saving. 

Watching our woods transition is really interesting to me. Obviously the evergreens are sticking with their looks, but the depth of the pine needles is getting deeper, and the driveway is slick with pine needles. For all of that transition in the evergreens they don't show it. The other trees though as they blaze out in sequence and clusters are fun to watch. I'm trying to make sure we get some really high quality photos of the changing leaves to use as the desktop background for some of our Patreon patrons. Soon during the night you'll be able to see the lights of the house from the road from one angle since to the South of us where the road passes closest is almost all deciduous trees, the evergreens are to the North and East of the house which helps keep the wind off during the winter.
Speaking of keeping the wind off during the winter, the Lady of the House has been working on training the turkeys to come to their coop at night. We haven't been starting to shut them in yet, just getting them used to getting in there, and it being good, safe, and where food is. We figure if we do that every night for a while and only shut them in before things get really bad they won't avoid getting shut in. At least for a while. That reminds me, I really need to get some roosting bars up in that coop ASAP if that's what we're working on with them. For turkeys apparently 2x4s or 2x6s on their sides is going to be the best option for them. Apparently by having the flat space to roost it will reduce winter cold injuries. Especially relevant since this seems like it's going to be a cold winter and we don't have that many turkeys. We're hoping to increase our turkey flock before the winter, but we'll see how that goes.
Last thing for the day, but not the last view of them, we have some new chickens. A friend of a friend recently had a kid and has been having trouble keeping up with the chickens which I sympathize with very strongly. Due to that his 6 hens needed to find a new home, and we were fortunate to have that new home be with us. Right now the six of them are together in the chicken coop, and we haven't brought the black chicken in with them yet. We want to let them be here long enough to make sure they won't pass anything by surprise to her through interaction, not that we expect that to happen. Better safe than sorry in cases of anything potentially infectious. As you can see, this first shot is a really bad photo, but hopefully we'll be able to get better photos once they're out and about in a few weeks. For now we're going to have to get what we can photo wise, and enjoy the fact that they've been with us for only a few days and we have 7 eggs!


  1. New hens! How wonderful! Lovely post. I enjoy reading about other folks' farms. There are always such good stories. One of my recent ones involves the dog and one hen, my Rhode Island Red, Charlene. We couldn't find her eggs for about two weeks. (My girls and their rooster free-range during the day and sleep in the pine trees at night.) A few days ago I found a brown egg in the grass. My husband had been mowing, so I figured the egg had been in a clump of grass. A little bit later, I watched the dog go behind a bush, bring out an egg, and drop it in the yard. Then he sat down and just looked at me. When he went back behind the bush, I followed. There were 13 brown eggs. I suppose the dog wanted me to know where his "sister" was hiding her stash. Charlene is now laying her eggs in the pen with the others. By the way, Louie the farm dog was very gentle with those eggs. There was nary a crack!

    1. I do wish we lived in an environment chickens could survive the winters by tree roosting. It sounds like Louie is a wonderful farm dog, what breed is Louie, and what sort of training have you been focusing on? Sounds like control is definitely high up there!

      Always great to hear farm stories as you said, you'll never have nothing to experience on a farm.