When the year 2016 began, I thought it would be interesting to keep a calendar record of the days we had chickens. I marked off each week with a colored marker and this was the result:
Overall it was a good year for us. However, with the growing demand for antibiotic-free products, we felt the results toward the end of the year. It means we lose more birds but the cost of the utilities remains the same and our work increases.
We had a very good year for hay, baling around 1100 round bales of good quality hay. There were at least 100 calves sent to market. I missed out on working the cattle this fall; the farmer had three men who came and helped so I lost the job of catching them in the head gate, having ear tags ready, and keeping records on which cow or calf got what. I like working the cattle; as I have mentioned before, it sends a flow of adrenalin through a person to get right in the middle of them and sort them into different pens.
2016 saw us reach the age of 75, still able to do the work with only an occasional Aleve, and a blood pressure pill for the farmer. Our oldest granddaughter got married in December and the youngest grandchild turned 18 in November. How fast they've grown up!
There was plenty of rain, except for one dry spell, to have a good vegetable garden. I froze lots of purple hull peas, okra, and greens. The dry spell came just as the corn was putting on ears so there was no corn this year. The peas, tomatoes, okra and greens continued to produce into October.
I'll leave the sewing room projects for another visit. Thanks to all who have stopped by to leave a comment even when I was lazy about blogging.