After having to absolutely berate the guys building our greenhouse I got a commitment to have the thing here at the end of March (with an added 8 feet to the length). Thats about a week from now. Hoping it will be here so we can build it in April. The plants will have to have someplace to go in May so they had better be on schedule. I am still very excited about its arrival but this has been the worst purchasing experience I’ve been through in a long time. He will be getting an email from me tomorrow explaining that the 30 tons of top soil and 30 tons of compost arrive TOMORROW and the raised bed boxes have been built. If he can’t deliver as promised I have an attorney who has volunteered to call to scare the crap out of him. We expected this by January 1st. We ordered it two weeks before Thanksgiving 2014. No more nice. Get it here or get sued.
The poor piggies! There is a virus of some sort that has come in from China (figures) that is decimating hogs here in the US. It causes some sort of diarrhea which causes the pigs to become dehydrated and die. We had assumed, wrongly, that it was mostly confined to industrial CAFO production. It turns out that it is very pervasive. Homestead flocks are getting wiped out as well. The breeder we were going to use for our 3 little pigs had a litter of eleven and they all died. Most of the Craig’s List breeders don’t have any either. Even the pigs being bred for show that 4H kids buy are dropping like flies. I have several messages in to some potential suppliers but it will be a crap shoot. So we have the waterers, the feeders, the electric fence, the pen built and the shelter that damn near killed me, but no pigs. Not a big problem as it has made the spring work a bit less than anticipated. We will just take them as we can get them. But for now, hopefully the vets can get a handle on this thing. If I haven’t mentioned it before, Globalization sucks m’kay.
Sitting out on the deck last week I got entertained by a stunt plane. It flew over our back field and proceeded to do loops, stalls and rolls. I managed to get this shot as it had just come through a loop. If you look to the lower left following the smoke around you can make out the dot that is the plane itself.
The flock is outside, the meadowlarks are singing, the roosters are crowing, and the new wheat field is in. The grain said to plant the Spring Wheat as early in the spring as possible. Dunno what that means but since its been in the mid-70s I figured what the hell. Plowed it all up, tilled it, planted it and now am attempting to keep it watered. Half of it is wheat and half is alfalfa to help build the soil quality. It will be interesting to see if it grows. I need to plow up one more plot for the hard corn but I have some time before that needs to be done!
Now we can clean and dust the basement. The new chicks have gone out to the big coop today. As with our meat birds last year we cordoned off the barn and run for them to have their own space. For about the next week there will be two flocks. The big girls and roosters will be able to see the newbies and vice versa. Once they have gotten a little bit bigger then we will take the babies, put them in dog crates and bring them over to the adults. This is done at night. When chickens are asleep they become practically comatose. By introducing new birds at night they will all wake up the next morning and not remember that they were once separated. There will be about a week or so of rebuilding the pecking order but then all will become what normalized. While it wasn’t such an inconvenience to have them in the basement through the cold snap, they did start to make the place quite dusty. They don’t really make very good indoor pets.