here we are! almost done!
Moving is exhausting, always! Imagine having to set up for lots of animals BEFORE you can settle in yourself! This has been tiring beyond belief, but also quite exhilarating. To see the kids so happy with more space, fresh pastures has been so worth it. As has it been extremely satisfying to be setting up this farm for our future, just as we want it, how it best makes sense for now, with room to grow and adapt and evolve into our farm space in the years to come. We fenced pastures for what seemed like months! Andrew’s been busily making gates, a covered milking area, a new milk stand, painting in the house, etc, and I have been doing what I can while I am still working at River Market.
The moving of the ducks was by far the hardest part of our move. They wanted nothing to do with going into a trailer. Not one bit. I have herded them around before, but into a dark scary trailer…..they were not having it. Conventional ag practice would be to grab them and shove them into crates to move. However, we persevered in herding and being patient, and after hours, we convinced them. And they are happy, so happy now. But they were stressed out big time by the process of being herded and then moving 40 minutes away, and have almost stopped laying eggs entirely. Which is not good. Hoping their oviducts will be back on track soon, laying those delicious eggs. There is a time of adjustment which has to happen. They are safe, secure, and seem settled into their new quarters, but their little systems are still in shock. Cross your fingers that we have eggs again for delivery next week!