The first week of August is behind us. I’m not sure how August snuck up on us and now we are eight days into the month. J and I keep working on fencing projects and checking cattle. We also keep our eye to the sky for smoke. With the drought conditions, it’s easy to spark a fire. J and I tend to error on the cautious side on hot windy days.
Outside my window… “normal” August weather is here. It’s hot, dry and windy. Between drought and hail I didn’t need to mow in July. After looking around the yard, I thought the grass looked shaggy and the kochia weeds had gotten unruly. Friday, I mowed.
I am hoping… J and I get to finish up our current fencing project. We are tearing out more woven wire, moving the fence and putting up new. We got a good start last week.
I am learning… more about my new chickens. Here is a list of the breeds I have: Araucana, Delaware, Black Star, Sliver Laced Wyandotte. I also have two new Leghorn hens. My old white hens are also Leghorns. The old red hens are Buff Orpingtons.
The Araucana will lay colored eggs. The egg shells will range from turquoise to olive to brown. This breed originated in Chili.
The Black Star hens are also known as Black sex-linked. This means when the chicks hatch males are one color and females are another.
I think the Silver Laced hens are gorgeous! I love their markings. The Delaware hens are pretty too. I’m getting used to the Araucanas. They look a little different due to their ear tufts. I think the tufts look like cheek feathers.
In the kitchen… J went to a bachelor party for one of his childhood friends over the weekend. I spent the majority of Saturday baking. Banana bread, zucchini bread and potato salad were the results of my kitchen tasks.
Apparently I was being followed when I went to check the cat water Saturday evening. I’ve noticed that two of the kittens have found their way into the chicken coop. Sweet Pea must be teaching them to mouse.
I am thankful… to have “good help” to ride along with me to check wells. J and I are keeping a close eye on water tanks to make sure the cattle have fresh water during the heat.
I’ve been creating… more art. Last week I set up a booth at the local Farmer’s Market. A friend and I are going to have a booth at the South Dakota Women In Ag (WIA) Conference. We had fun brainstorming crafty projects and are looking forward to working on items for the booth. Watch for updates on Facebook and here.
A few things going on this week… I have an appointment in North Dakota boarder town, fencing, J has a meeting, I’m judging a small livestock show and we might be ultra-sounding the replacement heifers.
How is August going for you?