Winter vanished in days, and then so did April and May!
As usual spring in Alberta is a flurry of activity. We’ve been busy planting out the market gardens, building mobile chicken coops, fixing watering systems, setting up irrigation, and getting corrals set up. We’ve got 25 laying hens in the gawky pullet stage, and cows on the way in the next week or so. A flurry of activity! Thankfully we have our hired hand, Lachlan, who has been an absolute work horse while Marcus runs around wrangling paperwork to parts sourcing.
One of the high points of our late spring and rapid thaw at the end of April was our huge dugout filled right up to the top! Two years supply of water, letting us make it through some serious drought conditions, filled in three days. It was pretty astounding.
We have the solar powered pump all hooked up, and water is moving across the entire farm.
With livestock coming into the farm picture things are rapidly getting busy. We have 25 chicks growing up at our house in town, and here is a shot of Lachlan building their summer home. A mobile chicken coop that we can follow behind the cows to break up the cow-pies and scatter the manure through the fields. Eggs and pasture sanitation in one go, with a healthy dose of nitrogen heafty chicken poo!
Up next, barns, farm stores, and learning the ropes with cows! June is going to be a busy month as well.
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