Saturday Barn Report

It was a rainy rainy week.   In all, we got 6.5 inches.  At times it was torrential.  A few nights it even kept us  awake, with the noise and with our fretting about flooding and how the animals were coping.    But we got through it and none here at Edgwick Farm, human or animal, worse for wear.

The rain limited construction work on the creamery building but by Friday the radiant heat was finally completed.  Next week the floor and the porch will be poured.  Then work on the walls can continue.  It has been a slow process getting this building up with the weather causes numerous delays.  Unfortunately, it looks like we won’t be licensed to make cheese by late spring, more likely sometime in the summer.

The rain limited further planting in the garden but the beans, lettuce, spinach, kale, arugala and chard all sprouted.  The peas grew four inches.  We are not really behind because it has been too cold to put in tomatoes or plant any of the warm weather crops.  The weather will be in the 80s next week which should heat the soil up so those plantings can begin.

The damp cold weather brought colds to the kids and missed school days.  We ran the wood stove and made corn chowder and other comfort foods.

The milkers had a spa day on Wednesday and all got pedicures and bikini trims.  The wet ground made the hooves nice and soft and easy to trim.  The doelings are slated next for a spa day, then the boys.

The grazing paddocks are lush with tall grass and browse.  When the sun peeked out on Friday, the goats spend a few hours grazing while we mucked out the wet hoop house (Friday is mucking day).  Next week, we will start building the rotational pens that we will move them through one week at a time.

Milk production is increasing with the lactation cycle.  We played with chevre recipes and were able to sample some aged chevre (inoculated with penicillum candidum) we started on May 1st, very creamy and brie like flavor, strong rind.

The pigs have been getting the entire evening milking as well as the whey.  They also get scraps from Painters and Hudson Street Café.  They are growing fast and very spoiled.

Surprisingly, egg production has taken off after dropping way down.  We surmise it may have been the demolition of the barn and the beginning construction noise and activity.  The little pullets are growing like crazy and spend the day outside in a moveable pen.  We have a friend building a chicken tractor for us and we hope to move the pullets into that from the night brooder and day playpen.  We are thinking about ordering some barred rock day old chicks.  We are waiting on some fertilized brown eggs to incubate.

In today’s sunlight, everything is bright green and healthy looking.   A nice way to end a dark wet cold week.

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