8 Week Update

I realize that it’s been a while since I posted anything about homesteading.  But, really, not much has been happening.

Phoenix’ babies turned 8 weeks old today.  They are growing well, but still not as big as they should be at this point.  They weigh between 2 pounds 14 ounces and 4 pounds; the average being 3-1/2 pounds.  The goal is to have them weigh between 4 to 4-1/2 pounds by this point.  We likely need to start giving them more hay or treat matter to fatten them up a little.

I didn’t weigh Aeries’ babies today — they will be 8 weeks old on Wednesday, and I am expecting similar results and maybe even a little smaller.  We shall see.

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The next litter is due June 14, so we’ll soon have more babies to play with.

Other than bunny news — the chickens are not producing many eggs at the moment.  We’re averaging just around 1 egg a day from 8 chickens.  Last week and prior we were averaging 6-7 a day, and then suddenly it just dropped off.  We believe they are molting so that is likely the reason.

And the garden is beginning to produce some.  We’ve harvested collards, peas, lettuce, spinach, kale, and onions.  The tomatoes, zuchinni, and pumpkin plants are growing nicely.  Beans, corn, peppers, and swiss chard have been planted.  And the potato cages have been made — now I just need to get some potato starts.

Also we bought some fresh sausage from the farmer’s market last weekend at $7.50 a pound!  Wow, I almost fainted from the price.  I think I need to raise my own pig… but that is certainly not going to be possible while living inside the city limits.  Maybe one day… pigs, goats, and sheep.  At least that is the dream for now.

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