We are still waiting for the Hi-Line workers to come and deal with the over hanging branches that they want to remove. Cannot blame them - at the moment we are having wall to wall non stop heavy rain. Not much fun when cleaning out the chicken house or clearing the yard but those jobs still need to be done.
Our young hens are laying plenty of eggs but only the older girls lay full size eggs. We sell the smaller eggs at a low price (80p for half a dozen) and they seem to go well. They are too small to boil and put in an egg cup but ideal for poaching or frying - just need to use more eggs per meal. It will be quite a few weeks before the young hens start laying full size eggs.
I filled all the hay racks up with fresh hay as the few alpacas we have left will spend more time in their field shelters during this weather and eat hay instead of grass. The chickens also like the hay racks as they make a nice cosy place to lay eggs. they are free range so when collecting the eggs to sell at the farm gate I hve to check in quite a few places to make sure none are missed.
I usually take the dogs round the farm in the mornings so I can check the boundaries and make sure there are no problems and also check up on the two male alpacas who live in the lower field . This morning they had to make do with running around in the field near the house. They still managed to get quite wet but at least not muddy too.
We will be catching up on indoor jobs today. Mike always has a few projects on the go in the barn.
Although I closed the shop at Christmas last year, I seem to be making quite a few sales online of our remaining alpaca socks and hand knitted hats and mittens. There is not very much stock left but it is nice to see that it is selling rather than going to waste.