With the days getting shorter and lows are already in the 40’s. I’m left thinking, where did summer go? I know I am not alone. This summer has been busy, both at home and at work.
Here’s a quick recap of the goings on here at our little farm.
A few weeks ago, our kitchen counters looked like this:
Now substitute the zucchinis above with canning jars, tomatoes, and apples. That gives you a pretty good idea of what it looks like now! Harvest season is here!
Last weekend we processed some of our ducks and one of our troublesome roosters. We now have less drakes than hens and the hens no doubt would tell us thank you if they could talk. We are currently at 9 hens and 2 drakes, versus 9 hens and 11 drakes…
This weekend involved a little less gore and a lot more cores. Apples!
We have one mature tree that produced very well this year (and lots of little ones that will start producing in a couple of years). With our family of six, we were able to completely pick it clean. All of the scraps and bad apples were sent straightaway to the goats and chickens. We turned the harvested apples into apple sauce using our food mill and the rest went through the peeler to be frozen for pies, crisps, and apfelpfannkuchen. The weather this August has been amazing, so we did most of our apple processing outside on our stainless table. Besides the occasional bee, this was a nice way to keep the stickiness outside of the house.
You can’t make apfelpfannkuchen without eggs. Our last batch of chicks for the summer have begun to hatch this weekend. It was a small late summer test batch.
Do you smell something? We do. That would be Bilbo our buck. Last year he was a bit too young to share with us the joys of owning a male goat in the late summer. This year he isn’t holding back. Stinky? Check. Acting strange? Check. “Happy to see us”? ..ahem.. Check. The rut has begun.
Speaking of Bilbo. Last week, our little buck was not feeling too well. He must have ate something that didn’t sit well with his gut and he came down with bloat. Bloat can be deadly in goats, so we immediately began treating him after we noticed his large stomach and loss of energy. First came the oil syringe, some red cell, and then we followed up with a shot of Vitamin B. After treating with oil and red cell for two days, he came though and is back to his normal self, sans the aforementioned effects of a buck entering rut.
We can’t forget about the house roofing project we have underway. I cleared some branches that were hanging over our house so I could work on the roof with a little bit of headroom. Stephen treated the goats to the freshly cut foliage.
With harvest season upon us, we did still manage to wrap up the house roof. Fascia and soffit still in progress…