Well, it has been too long since I have written, as many different things have put us behind on the farm, mainly all the rain and lack of sunshine. Our hay is generally in the barn right now and we are waiting for the second cut hay to grow. However, all of our first cut hay is still standing in the field waiting for a couple of sunny days in a row so we can cut it and let it dry. The end of this week we expect a busy time as Dave will be getting in about 3000 bales of hay in the four day span of sunny weather. That is unless they change the forecast again.
Lots of things have been happening, we have babies galore. We are expecting a new batch of chicks in a week and our chickens this year are by far our best yet. I couldn't believe how beautiful they looked when they were bagged. And yes, I did use that term to Dave when he told me they were "nice" chickens. Our five calves are romping around and enjoying all of the lush pasture to play in and eat, but mostly to play in. Our cows are so excited to move everyday to a new piece of field and are of course getting more and more spoiled. And finally, our 24 piglets which arrived about 2 weeks ago are already escaping from the field. As soon as we can get them to stay put for a second, we will get a picture of them. All of the piglets arrived within a week of each other and caused quite a ruckus as we were not sure how our boar would feel about them. Concerned about him harming the piglets forced a quick building of a new area next to the current pig field to isolate the boar from the piglets. However, we have found this to be COMPLETELY unnecessary as we have been finding ALL TWENTY-FOUR PIGLETS to be escaping their pen and sleeping ON TOP OF the boar. Quite the sight to see them all piled on top of him, all of them snoring away. So obviously he has no care about whether the piglets are coming or going or maybe he just instinctually knew that sooner or later this was going to happen.
Our little ones have been busier than ever, both David and Ethan have responsibilities on the farm that are their chores and thankfully they still love doing them. Ethan tries to "help" more than he should or is capable of at the moment and therefore we have missing tools and broken eggs scattered about at times. We had purchased wooden eggs for Ethan to collect from the nesting boxes, but being quite the witty child, he figured it out all too quickly and wants no parts of them.
Lastly our guineas are still noisy! We managed to hatch a couple of guinea eggs and so we have four baby guineas to add to the mix currently. The guineas have managed to eat every single one of my onions. All 250 we grew and planted. Thankfully for their own safety, they left my tomatoes and broccoli alone...they don't even bother with lettuce, but they have a thing for onions! Nothing tastes better than homegrown onions I believe, but for this year, we won't be enjoying any of them!