18 March 2018, Los Ojos
Well, we’re off to a promising start. We got our first couple pigs this week – two little weaners originally from the Espanola area. Predictably enough, the weather turned from breezy & warm to gusts of blowing rain & hail as soon as we picked them up. We managed to get them home dry, and settled in their new (temporary) home, where they’ll live until we can get them acclimated to our ranch & introduce them to the rest of the piggies we’re picking up this week. They’re lively, interested, personable little beasts, and we’re having a great time getting to know them.
We also picked up a new batch of chicks to start: a mix of Barred Rocks, Rhode Island Reds, and Buff Orpingtons – all good dual-purpose birds. The first batch is almost a month old – amazing how fast chicks grow. They’ve all lost their chick down & are covered with adult feathers. We’re transitioning them off of chick feed and getting them ready to move outside over the next couple weeks. They’ve definitely developed their own personalities, and are an absolute riot to watch. We’ve nicknamed the Golden Wyandottes “the vultures” – they like to perch all in a row on their roost (and back to back on their self-feeder) and watch the rest of the chickens below.
We’re excited about finally getting animals, and the drastic changes that the next couple weeks will see on the ranch as we continue stocking. Early spring is one of my favorite times – a busy time, but full of change, growth, and promise. It means that things change fast – check back with us next week to see what’s new around the ranch.