Here's the beautiful dried alfalfa "salad" that I've been feeding my hens. The girls are wishing for spring as much as I am, and their dissatisfaction with a lack of green to nibble or some bugs to spear and gobble down has them frustrated says me, the Mother Hen. There's been nothing but snow and cold most of the winter, and the hens have been literally cooped up. I like to think of my hens as "free range" because most of the time they are out grazing and eating a natural hen's diet, but this winter they've been cooped up more days than not. The egg supply began to drop due partly to the cold, but I think also due to the desire for a change of diet. The past couple weeks or so I began to feed them a slab of alfalfa hay every day along with their corn, wheat, and layer pellet, and I'm seeing the results in increased egg production. Yay!
(the girls picking through yummy green alfalfa)
Hens + Alfalfa = Eggs (aka: happy hens)
The drop bunch is getting smaller and smaller -- only a few ewes left to have lambs. We've had 4 sets of triplets this past day so that means more bum lambs. The goat mama's cannot take in any more "kids," but Dr. Liz, the vet, says she can take ten bottle lambs.
We sorted heifers yesterday and the girls who are closest to calving are being put in the sheds at night just in case a baby calf comes. Night checks continue at both barns now -- sheep and cows. We expect to get a calf or two this weekend. Stay tuned.
"No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn."