Just trying to organize tasks this week.
I have several rabbit does due to kindle over the next week, and the ones that still have family members in with them are going to have the extras removed to their own cages. I’m short one cage, so I’ve been repairing older cages because I anticipate not having one of the does after next week – she’s failed to produce a litter from her last three breedings and I’m afraid she isn’t earning her keep, which makes me a little sad because she was one of the matriarchs and my best breeder initially. I have a couple of bucks that need to be sold soon so I can have their cages also.
I’m expecting another hatch of chicks, so the not-quite-ready youngsters from the oldest hatching are going to have to be removed to a regular nest and make way for new chicks in the protected lower row of boxes. Who knew chickens would go into broody-overdrive in the fall and I would be expecting more chicks than I have nursery nest boxes set up for? At least it’s pretty much too cold for snakes to be a problem.
Speaking of the colder weather, I just realized that by the time our overnight temps reach freezing next week, I will need to have all the pumpkins properly stored, and there are still a LOT of them … probably about 1800 pounds. Many are going to be cut up and frozen, and many others will be stored in the feed room.
And in the feed room, I’m cleaning bins in which to begin rotating seed sprouts for feed. I purchased 50 pounds each of whole wheat and whole oats for less than I normally pay for laying pellets, which when sprouted should increase both the available nutrients and the volume of feed for nothing more than a bit of water and a little work. I’ll be posting more details about this as it develops.
All this week I’ve been trying to monitor my dog’s digestion very carefully. It seems I was likely right about his problem, since the enzymes are helping, but since I have not been able to source enough wild pig pancreas for him, I’m putting him on pancreatin from the health food store. He’s been on it for only two days but it seems to be even more effective than the enzymes.
I also need to try to determine exactly what the market for duck eggs might be, since I am getting around a dozen a day right now and they are potentially worth more than chicken eggs, but the ducks were not supposed to be here overwinter – not all of them anyway. But since the chickens are very slow to be coming out of their molt, the ducks are actually providing me with many more eggs for very little feed compared to the hens, which seem to want to produce only a few eggs and are more interested in producing chicks just now!
So if I seem a little scatter-brained this week … I am!