We moved (for the 4th year in a row) to a new location. I am sick of packing and unpacking, and I am digging in for a few years at least in this property. And moving the emu is a tricky and dangerous undertaking. I am here for a while so now it's time to get some farming done.
Compost pile: emu/duck/chicken/straw/oak leaves. Started it on 3/28, turned on 4/8, turned again 4/16.
I have started scooping the emu shits twice a day so they don't smash them into the grass. I am getting about 5 gallons of pure emu shit every two days. I couldn't believe it, that means they shit over a gallon each a day. No wonder my feed bill is so high. . . One way I can recoup the cost of keeping them is to hoard their poo, and make myself some nice compost. Since I started collecting it a few weeks ago, I almost have enough for another pile. I figure I can make about a yard of compost per month year round from the birds.
This is my first time attempting a properly done hot compost, and it's working amazingly. The internal temp hasn't gone over 130 F (145 is desired) that I have seen, but I didn't start measuring it until last week. Looks like two more cycles of composting and turning and a month of rest should make it useable. I can probably top dress with it this summer.
Raised beds I made for early root crops and some onion sets. Peat mixed into the dirt, with some bagged cow manure and a scoop of chicken manure. Near the river, so the soil is very sandy, good for root veggies. Planted around 4/6 with onions, multiple carrot types, and radishes. Radishes are popping up, onions sets are still droopy and weird.
Window planter: I ripped out all the bulb flowers, and put food in, around 4/6. Onions, and radishes. The radishes will be done and I will be able to replant this early summer with cooking herbs prolly.
Greens patch: amaranth, several basils, shade lettuce, cilantro, chard, spinach. Planted around 3/28. Just taking off now.
Baby ducks. First clutch 11 babies, second clutch 6 babies, third 10 babies, forth (runner duck) 9 babies. Total so far: 36 ducklings, 9 runners 27 Muscovy. Two more known sitting Muscovy mamas, not sure how many they will bring.
Chicken Eugenics Laboratory 3001. We are starting incubation today, which takes 21-23 days, target hatch date is 5/8-5/10.
Legbar, purchased online 11 eggs
Marans x Bhrama cross or marans x (Bhrama x marans), bred by us, 8 eggs
Naked neck Easter egger, online, 15 eggs
Production blue, online, 8 eggs
Legbar x one of our roosters, us, 6 eggs.
Incubation started on 4/17 for a of total 48 eggs.
Meet "Our Attorney" aka Tiny Pooper. She is our pet chicken, and she went broody, so we stuffed some eggs under her on 4/4 because she is a good momma hen. She has 8 polish eggs ordered online. Target hatch date 4/25 to 4/27.
Random veggie starts, transplanted 4/16. Mostly beans, melons, cucumbers, zucchini, and summer squash.
Edited by TurkeyRanch, 18 April 2015 - 11:11 PM.