Around the Ranch-April 26, 2018

*I wrote this a few weeks ago and am just getting to posting it. I hope you enjoy!

A more recent post will be coming soon!

SPRING IS HERE! For now at least. And that means that we’re finally able to get outside and start getting ready for the year. Here’s what we’ve been up to!

The chickens were finally able to get outside and peck around the yard. As you can see in the picture, the last snow storm collapsed their sun room, which made for an easy exit into the yard. That thing made it all winter and gave up at the last snow. We’re going to find a better way to set them up for this winter. It wasn’t a perfect system, but the sun they were able to get definitely helped with egg production. I think everyone laid almost everyday!

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Atlas and Daisy had fun following the chickens around the yard and helping to round them up at night.

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We’ve had awesome egg production all winter, and I love looking at the differences in the size, shape, and markings. It’s also really neat when you know which hen lays which eggs.

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Ryan was finally able to move the layers over to the farm to start their time on pasture (right now their in the cornfield until the ground is sturdy enough for their coop), so Ryan and I cleaned out their winter coop and made another compost pile out of their deep winter bedding. We’ll do a post on composting at some point.

You can see the difference in the compost pile in the second row on the left. That’s been there for about 2 years, and it’ll be what we use in the garden this year. It’s a long process, but it’s really cool to be able to nourish the soil with organic matter from our farm.

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