I managed to get all my school work caught up and online tests done, so that is great. So much less stress than counting down till 11:59 pm when they are due, I can get some glass made. I need to make 13 ice blue mustard seed pendants that really need to ship like tomorrow, but will most likely ship on Wednesday. Tomorrow I have two boxes of eggs to ship out and that will fix/catch up most of the little orders. I still have a pending order for five dozen Muscovy who have been going in and out of laying, so I have a staggered group of their eggs in the incubator, they take almost 40 days to hatch, so it throws the whole hatching and raising them thing off. On a brighter note, our Cayuga’s are now laying and we have some of the darkest black eggs I have ever gotten. So I will be posting them for sale soon. Our silkies are still laying well and our Malaysian Serama and our mille fleur are laying too. I am thinking about selling off the mille fleur and the Malaysian Serama, they are just hard to keep and do not seem to make us the money I need to make from them. I had that I have to pen them, but really I have to, otherwise the bigger birds will beat them up. If you know anyone who wants Malaysian Serama, I have one breading pair that I will sell for the same $35.00 I paid for them, they are a b grade, but great starter birds to a person with more time and less big mean birds. The Mille Serama’s I also have one pair left and I think I paid $25.00 for them. Will consider all trades for them. Most likely I will be selling off the Roens and some of the mutt ducks as well, as I just don’t want to deal with Roens, to many people confuse them with mallards and well though all ducks except for Muscoveys come from Mallard stock , they are not mallards. I will sell them for 8 bucks a duck, male or female. I am not selling any Muscovy’s at this time, but may sell babies in a few weeks to a month. I have two tom turkeys that I am looking to sell they are now a year old, there are narrigansite type birds, healthy and very spoiled. I kept them in case I needed a breeder tom, but all my guys are doing great and I have eggs set for the next group. So I am looking to get at least 40 bucks each. They are gentle and would make a great pet.
In a strangely unrelated event we are having duck for Michael’s birthday, I am having someone clean and cook them for me and they are getting a duck out of it, so two days before his birthday, I and Rachael are going to have to go out and pick the ducks to butcher, I am going to do three total. I just have to kill them…they are doing all the rest, I could not be happier about that. To be honest I am not a fan of plugging feathers off of birds, I do know how to do it, but do not want to. I plan to get or make a feather plucker this year. I mean it, it is on my list.
Ok so I had to go out and deal with a messy barn and malfunctioning milk machine tonight. It is hard for me to understand how this same part keeps getting mucked up, after all the pulsar only has one moving part. But I went out and stood in the muck and got it going and got the very pregnant Moo cow milked an hour late. I informed the kids that they could not leave muck in the cow milking area, and heard the resounding excuses, rolling my eyes I told them, just get it done. I did manage to put one Americana back in her enclose, which she had over this past week escaped from. I made arrangements while I was out there to get Isaiah to pick up the grain and a fresh bale of straw from the feed store for me, that way I can give him some gas money without him feeling bad about it. I get feed at least two or three times a week and he is going that way anyway. Plus it is less stress on me and the poor van. Plus it should cover a large chunk of his gas bill. I want to believe that the ten bucks per trip helps anyway.
Tonight is the night we pay his credit cards, well he pays them from his account I just hook him up and make sure it gets done, this stuff can be a real challenge for a young person, and I want to make sure he starts life off on the right foot, no debt. He is still waiting on his scholarship money which will come in latter in the month. It is not a ton of money, but he will be able to get the car fixed tires for his jeep and a few things he really needs. Ah 20 is such a great time to be alive.
Rachael is thinking of placing her horse in a new home, but I think she is having second thoughts about the whole thing, so I am going to let her make the final say in all this. So before I send these photos off to a prospective home I will sit her down and chat with her about it. I want her to be happy with whatever choice she makes and since Elaine passed away the other horses are not treating her as badly.
I had a few minutes today, in between school work and wood being delivered and went out and saw El Shaddi, bugger would not come up to the fence. So Michael just told me he put fresh hay out for them, well no wonder he would not come up…I will fix him I will have carrots tomorrow for him to nibble on, I think he will like that. He seems to be getting over the lose of him mom a bit better now, just wish I was.
So that is the news from my end…