Currently we are trending upwards on the ol’ thermo meter. I know it’s hot outside when I see Sue in shorts! (Holly says, “Pics or it didn’t happen, but y’all just gonna have to take my word for it!) It seems that the winds and the temps keep getting longer and hotter each year. That got Sue to wondering if there was somewhere to go to find the data over the last 100 years or so. So, I took myself to the interwebs.

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What garden? Lately I’ve been contemplating buying a few dozen of these rocks and stationing them around the property. Sometimes, it seems that I’ve killed more plants than I’ve planted. I know that doesn’t make much sense, but there were a lot of things here when we got here. And we have a nursery with about 30+ bushes and trees waiting to be planted. But so many that have actually already been planted have died for various reasons: gophers, squirrels, wind, heat, frost, and lately – chickens. I just want to keep what we’ve got hanging in there until we get some rain from the monsoons.

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Sometimes we are a bit melancholy. Sometimes we wonder what the heck are we doing. Sometimes it is difficult to make sense of the things that happen on a farm, or to understand why. We’ve had a hard few days.

We ended up being unable to save the beautiful Easter Egger with the sour crop. Even though there were a couple of days there that we thought she was getting better, we were unable to fix whatever issue gave her the inability to clear her crop, which is what makes it sour. She tried and we tried, but it just didn’t work. It’s always difficult when you’ve worked so long to heal a critter, and it just can’t be.

We lost one of the new meat chicks yesterday morning. I found him just stretched out dead. No apparent physical reason. Just didn’t survive. We don’t like it when we can’t pinpoint a cause. We always wonder what happened, or what we could have done better.

Roma lost both of her goslings. The first to some type of accident with the egg. It ended up crushed a few days before the little one was ready to hatch. It didn’t survive the premature hatch. Then, the other one hatched out ok, but was attacked by a chicken (or several) and died. It is so sad. If she is ready to sit next year, we’ll make sure to put her in a brooder or try to hatch them in an incubator the last few days. We’ll see how it works out.

I don’t have anything else to add to that really. We have one banty hen that is sitting still, she is in a brooder and we think she’ll be fine in there for a while. We need to move the water babies somewhere, but are, I think, a bit reluctant after all the troubles lately. For now, they are ok where they are, but soon the teen meat birds are going to need more space and the opportunity to go outside. When we make up our minds, we’ll let you know how that turns out. Until then, as always~
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I always say that we are traveling on an adventure with what we are doing here. Sometimes, though, we engage in experimentation. Truthfully… that’s how all of my gardening gets done lately. “Let’s try this plant. Let’s try this on the grasshoppers. Let’s try this on the gophers.” Sometimes things work, but more often than not, they don’t. It can be very disheartening. But we continue along.

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I think I spend as much time looking for title photos as I do writing blogposts. Nothing went with my acronym up top which, in my little pea brain, stands for Weird World of Weather. It is Summer here, definitely, since we are hitting the high 80’s low 90’s every day now. However, we were once again thwarted by unanticipated winds today. They just do whatever the heck they want, with absolutely no regard for our plans at all! You may be able to guess this next statement — we did not process meat birds today as planned; average wind speed today is 21, gusting to over 40 much too often. “So, what did you do?”, you ask.

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