Monday, June 11, 2012
The green monsters of summer, zucchinis, have started getting big enough to pick. Every day I find more, but we tend to let them get big before we pick them because they get sliced or shredded when used at the restaurants. Bigger is better for them. If you haven't tried our zucchini patties, you're missing out!
The chicks we got in April are now fully featherd and a couple are trying to crow. It sounds like two tin cans grating against each other. I figure by the time they can crow properly it will be time for the frying pan... Not all of them are roosters though. Some look like they will be nice laying hens, a few Rhode Island Reds, a couple of Buff Orpingtons, some Barred Plymouth Rocks and more that we don't know the breed of.
Our old hens still lay but not always with consistency. Sometimes it depends on the weather. The extreme heat is hard on them. I give them lots of water and shade and even hose them off to keep them cool.
All of our baby goats are getting big as well, except for Violet's little ones, the last ones born. She's a tiny goat anyways, so we don't expect her babies to do anything other than take after their momma. So far, they do in nature too, being sweet little lovebugs.
Karma the baby calf finally caught up to her mother's milk production. This was startling at first, but now I see it as a relief. I don't have to milk daily. I check Gucci to see if she's got any milk in her udder, but if not and if I don't need milk that day, I don't milk. If I know I need milk, I take Karma for a walk to the goat pen and leave her there until the next feeding so Gucci can make me some milk.
The only rebel is Tsica. She kicks pretty bad. I'd read an article about a family whose children milked all their goats. They'd tie one rear leg up high to prevent kicking. This works fairly well for Tsica. She still kicks backward but can't hit me or the bucket. She gives a good amount of milk to where it's really silly not to milk her. I figure over time she'll calm down like Ms. Cow, her sister, finally has. (I don't have to use hobbles on Ms. Cow anymore. We just lean against each other like old friends.)
In other news, Bruce Goose has been confirmed to be a girl by the male Pekin ducks... Poor Bruce.