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“April showers bring May flowers.”  The flowers the girls pick for me are fun, but even better for everyone is the green grass that sprang to life.  We now have nearly everyone out on pasture.  It really does make a difference.  The goatsgoats have brighter eyes (especially the ones that got into Mark’s raspberry bushes).  We had two sets of kids born out on pasture and they are doing wonderful.  The guys got a couple chicken tractors outfitted and today’s batch of chickens have had

pastured poultry

the benefit of being in those.  They have nice red combs, brighter eyes, and generally look as content as a chicken can.  Last week we put the new layer hens in with the old gals.  Once they know their place, they can all start going out in the evenings to browse the pasture a bit before bedtime.  Even though they get alfalfa meal in their ration and it keeps the color and flavor in the yolks, nothing beats fresh green grass.  The Mangalitsa pigs are enjoying a treat this week.   Cherry Capital Foods had some items they couldn’t sell, so the pig farmer received them.  The pigs

Chow time!
Chow time!
Yummy pig food!
Yummy pig food!

loved their new mash, turning their stubby noses up at the commercial feed in the bin and gorging on the mash.  Then they stretch out under a blanket of sunny heat and take a snooze.  Even Dorothy’s calf, Fred, has enjoyed the benefits of being green.  He’s been staked out on fresh grass every day.  Dorothy takes him for walks, too, like a BIG dog.  He kicks up his heels and has a real romp.  Yesterday he beat Dorothy back home–by about one hilltop.  Now if we can just keep it warm and not get the apple blossoms frosted and get the potatoes in the ground and……

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