It's that time of the month again ...

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It's that time of the month again ...
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Mon, 11-12-2012 - 10:36am

... were I just can't seem to see the light at the end of the tunnel Frown.  My to-do list is so long that it's wayyyyy past the length of my arm Cry.  I was going to work on getting the lambs weighed and dewormed this weekend, but ended up helping DH clean the barn with our backhoe instead.  There's just so much to do (as usual).  We got five little piggies on Wednesday and tomorrow I'll be getting six chicken from a friend of mine who doesn't want them for the Winter.  Problem is that I still have my "old" chicken and I don't want to mix them, because some if not most of mine have stopped laying and these new ones are all still laying and they all look the same.  I've been trying to find some of those plastic rings to put around their legs, but can't find them in the right size Frown.  There are so many things to do before Winter and other things I want to do inside, but won't until the outside stuff is done etc.  You know what I mean ...

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Mon, 11-12-2012 - 2:25pm

Do you normally have pigs Brigitte?  I can't remember.  And what time of the year did you normally bring your livestock into the barn?

Elaine

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Sat, 11-17-2012 - 8:39pm
Elaine, sorry it's been so long to answer your post. I don't even remember what I've done most days this week :( We've had pigs a few times over the years. Since we got more sheep we didn't have room in the barn, so one year we bought eight and this guy who lived in our second house (not a tenant cause he never paid rent ...) was supposed to look after them over there. It was a disaster and we just haven't had any since due to barn space. We're planning on lambing in April/May from now on, so won't need as much space for the sheep. We don't bring our livestock in during the Winter unless they're lambing or calving. The chickens and pigs are inside right now. The Ponies have a shelter they use when it gets to cold or windy (it's quite sheltered and I put extra bedding in when it gets nasty). The sheep and cows all have shelter, but otherwise stay outside. We sell most of the lambs in January to make room for new ones. The only ones we keep are replacements, but probably won't keep any this year. I never got a chance to shear them all and there is so much extra work with them. DH is also mad at them wasting so much hay that he wants me to cut down the ewes to anywhere from 20 - 50 (depending on what a day he had ...). I've got about 75 right now and a pile of lambs still left that I want to check out to see if any would even be worth keeping, but probably not. I think I'll just stick to the older ones (they're anywhere from 2 - 7 years old).