November 2013

Busy month, last of the harvest and last of the outside house work.  We butchered our last pig ourselves, then we bought 2 more piglets.  We butchered the turkeys for Thanksgiving.  Lots of painting in the house.  John starts working part time at the hospital.  John & Jack (Emily’s dad) and install 2 big windows on the sunny side of the house.  The room they’re in was like a cave, now it is sunny and will be a future sun room and greenhouse.

The turkeys were a real pain to raise.  We started with 15 poults and we ended with 2 at harvest time.  Grrr.  Most of them were killed in the June predator incident.  The rest slowly disappeared due to more predator issues, one at a time.  They had an annoying habit.  The turkeys lived with the chickens on the pasture.  They had the highest roost and it was safe.  However each night at dusk, when it came time to go to the roost and settle in for the night, the turkeys would fly out of their protective electric netting.  Then they couldn’t get back in and they were easy targets for fox.  So most nights at dusk we would look out there to make sure all turkeys are in the netting, most nights they weren’t, then we had to catch them (not easy) and put them back in.  Frustrating.  If we missed a night, say we were camping or came home late, we would lose a bird.

Also, the tom turkey started strutting his stuff.  He’d fan his tail and walk around like a tough guy.  The chickens thought the bright white fleshy part at the base of his tail made an interesting target.  Chickens have sharp beaks.  So eventually he wound up with a nasty wound that couldn’t heal.  For the last month or so we decided to catch our last turkeys and put them in a broiler pen for the last month or so.  This year we are not raising turkeys…  But we will gladly buy a live one in November and pay top dollar for it.  That farmer earned their money.

The new Hampshire pigs.  We like raising pigs and want to eventually get in to breeding.  But pig people say winter isn't worth it.  This winter is a trial for us.

The new Hampshire pigs. We like raising pigs and want to eventually get in to breeding. But pig people say winter isn’t worth it. This winter is a trial for us.

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