We have had a few cold nights where we were able to really fire up our new wood stove, but by and large it's continued to be exceptionally mild.
I won't begin collecting duck eggs for hatching until all of them are producing, and preferably after my dilute gander is out of the mix. I still haven't had the heart to cull him, since he's such a beauty. I'd rather him go to somebody who could use him for their breeding program.
We will probably be hatching goose eggs first, as soon as both females are laying. I would also like to order at least a pair of goslings from Metzer farms to add to my flock for more genetic diversity.
But one thing at a time.
The rabbitry is overflowing at the moment - literally!
I ran out of cage space (need to hang more cages) so I turned the grow outs loose on the floor.
One of the benefits of having an enclosed rabbitry.
We have had a few escapees, however. Most of the time they turn right back around and run inside, but one has decided he wants to be a yard rabbit.
As for the rest of the rabbits, we have some very colorful litters currently, and I'm excited to finally have some lightly marked broken reds.
The goats have finally been moved out of the soggy garden.
It's nice because it keeps them higher and drier, which is a good thing for a goat. They've both been having some skin and foot issues this winter, especially Nutmeg. Luckily I've been able to address them with natural remedies, and hopefully I can head off these problems sooner by next winter.
It is very well built from solid oak, and I'm sure it will last us a very long time.
Ian had to give it a try. :)
We bought it from a local goat dairy, which offered both mini and standard sizes. We decided the mini would probably fit them better, but the keyhole was a bit too small.
But it was easy enough to fix by moving the hook and eye.
Ultimately, of course, it will serve as a milking stand. But that will be awhile......
Mild days have been great for outside play and exploration.
... and not just for the kid!
We had the best fishing float on the Caney that we can remember - probably because of the full moon.
Spring is so close we can taste it......
....... although it has kind of felt like spring all winter!