All ponies boarded out here in Georgia are home! This occurred on Saturday, when Casey and Molly arrived from Molly’s previous owner’s place. The moment Casey stepped off the trailer and I took his lead, the last bit of stress and anxiety in my body left. My life is complete with him home, where I can see him every time I look out the window and can touch him often.
With the arrival of the ponies, my point about the builder’s paddock being too small for 4 horses really came home. Bad Pants and I spent several hours on Sunday and Monday expanding it, so now they have the better part of 2 acres to move about on. I am happier and they are happier.
Now that there is more space, the horses seem to be working out the last of their herd dynamic issues and have joined up into a lovely little band. Peace reigns within the herd. No drama. Just happy, munching horses!
I’ve found decent hay for a reasonable price really close to us. In addition, we met a local farmer who will disc the cleared area for us when we’re ready, and who can give us basic advise while we learn about farming in a climate still fairly new to us.
I’ve stacked a lot of hay in the cottage and started some general cleaning of it. In the next few weeks I’ll get a sheet of plywood so Bad Pants can re-side the open side where the cottage caught on fire. While we have plans to move the cottage later, I might as well make it function for my needs now, right? Right! That starts with bird proofing it asap.
Next up, we will begin to prepare for the arrival of a flock of chicks at the end of the month! The peeps will live in the garage where I can monitor them closely for the first few weFeeks. No pets, pests, or critters will be able to harm them there. And, I should be able to hear any distress peeps that come out of them in the middle of the night as the master is right above.
February will see me starting cool crop seeds indoors and really prepping the garden. If it stays mild as it has been, I will likely take the chance to start the garden earlier than our zone would suggest, but will have row covers on hand if necessary.
Later in the spring we will be adding guineas, turkeys and goats to our farm. I want guineas because they’re great at eating ticks and garden bugs while leaving the produce alone. And, well, turkeys are just awesome in general. I’m hoping we’ll be adding at least two dwarf goats (breed undetermined at this time) to our farm with hopes of producing some of our own dairy later on. I’ll have to see what comes available when we’re closer to ready.
That’s about it for now. What are your plans for the coming spring?
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