This afternoon, I finally carved out a little time to relax. I decided to ride Cinder. I was actually test riding a new saddle, but it didn’t fit well. So, I took the saddle off and rode Cinder bareback for a little while. He was feeling quite frisky from the increased grain ration lately and lack of work, so the bucking and misbehavior was a little more challenging without a saddle. I only came off once, and it was a controlled dismount (that means I landed on my feet).
Anna and I have decided to take Cinder off the sale market for a while. I am going to work on riding him more and show him some this summer. We still might sell him eventually, but not right now.
Earlier this week, I promised to get some more pictures updated on the changes to the rabbitry. Well, what I expected to be a 4-6hr project became more like a 4 day project. I ended up working until dark every night and still haven’t taken the pictures. We only have 1 more cage to relocate and then the rabbits will be settled into their new area. I also started clearing the area that will become a buck pen for the new goats in May.
I did manage to get a little more than a cord of wood cut into log lengths from the tree I took down in the front yard and 2 other trees I cut at the gun club property. When you don’t do it every day, it’s amazing how much swinging a chainsaw will wear you out (and carrying 16+” oak logs around).
Our second incubator is now in operation. We have begun incremental loads in the incubators to have weekly hatches. Right now we have about 53 chicks growing out in various brooders in the garage and basement. Since the weather is nice, we are hoping sales will start soon…
Tomorrow morning I am picking up 11 more hens, including Americanas! We will now have easter eggers and will distribute colored eggs in the sale cartons. This will bring our active layer flock to 47 hens. We are also getting another rooster on Monday or Tuesday to ensure we keep the eggs fertile for hatching.
Now it’s time for Anna and I to relax and enjoy a short movie. Tomorrow is another busy day on the farm.