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LOVE THAT SPRING TIME OF THE YEAR

Good morning everyone,

I love spring, the cows went out this morning in their small hold spots to graze while we wait for the pastured area to dry so we can put the fencing back up. Now that my animals are all tended to I have come in to have breakfast, then we'll move our chickens out to their summer pen. though the cows will come in at evening chores  I will give their areas a good stripping. Dazy should have a calf soon, I can't say when she will because I didn't catch her being bred but I will assume in the next couple of weeks.

We love watching as the animals come out of their winter pens and get the free run of the yard, the cows jumping around and spinning circles then run from one end to the next before settling down to eat grass. I could pull up a seat and watch the cows graze for hours, it is relaxing to watch them with their heads down and moving slow as they eat grass looking for what they like the most. The chickens will also enjoy being outside as they scratch around looking for what morsels they can find, mainly to see if they can escape and have the whole yard to run around . The only problem we have ever run into letting them do that was they always find a place for their nests and we don't always find them. So the egg layers get their own pen and we move it from time to time to give them a fresh area. 

The piglets are growing nicely and staying nice and round as well. We4'll be doing some work to their summer pen and that's where we will electric train them, once they have learned to respect the wire I have an area I would like for them to excavate for us for another future gardening spot. I am giving serious thought to a permanent greenhouse as well as different gardens on the property so any of the kids that want can have their own and Kelly and I can have ours to tend and not try to grow for everyone. She really wants me to cut the garden size down so we have a little less work. Yes we are beginning to feel it and it's one of the reasons I have always encouraged people to start their  homestead adventure while you are young enough to do the physical work in starting it up. Once we age that energy seem to escape us and the work can be over whelming, but if the homestead is established allot of the work becomes routine and the bulk of the hardest work is done.

Breakfast is ready so I'll head to the table and once done I'll start in on moving those chickens. 

 

Have a wonderful day.

 

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