This weekend, I took inventory of where things are. First things first, a chicken update. We are now getting 8+ eggs a day consistently. I got 19 in just the last two days. Here was yesterday's next boxes:
|Count'em - that there's 10 eggs!|
The repaired coop is also holding up quite well.
|"Blanche! Have you seen Ronna anywhere?"|
The sheep are powering through the winter hay. Here they are right after I filled up their hay feeder:
And, an aerial shot for perspective. Yes, Meatloaf's head is IN the hay feeder:
I've also been keeping our chicken feed in the shed, but mice have managed to chew through the plastic tote I got from Target. I need to find a better solution to this quickly, and that solution is not to bring the the chicken feed back in the house.
I also have Samson inside the electro-not, next to the chickens, and behind the sheep's dry lot. He gets a big handful of hay each day, tossed over in a pile.
I will DEFINITELY need to buy a roll of hay (or two) this January. This near-empty space is now completely gone. I used up the entire top rack, along with two additional cubes so far, from the hay stored in the pallet hay rack. It's been a month, and that was sheep-only while donkey was in the back
|Nom nom nom.|
|I think I need a thicker box.|
|This one only had DE, so the mice gave up after breaking in and smelling, apparently.|
|"Guess I'll just eat my hay now, guys...."|
|It's going fast.....|
I also need to clear out space in the shed for the chick-u-bator. We have 20-something more chickens coming in a few weeks, and I am way out of shed space. That'll have to be a project here soon.
On the interior of the house, we lost a secondary TV, the kitchen light fixture, and nearly the dishwasher in the span of a week. Super. So I get to play amateur electrician and install some new lighting. Super.
Paleo is going well. We (mostly I) took a few days off for Christmas, but we're back on the Grok train as of today. Everyone slept in today, so the feasting and merriment has us all a bit sluggish. Wife and I have both visibly slimmed down since October, so that's been a good thing to notice. We've also both finished our NFP certification training (yay!), so we'll be beginning teaching soon.
I'll be doing some prayer and reflection in the next several days. I have some high hopes for 2014, but nothing nearly as exhausting as what I put myself through this year. Stay tuned!