The goats are happy and healthy. At the beginning of January I bought them some more hay. They've been happily munching and mulling around the pasture. I've also been giving them a little bit of my homemade tree hay for treats.
Chickens & Ducks
The chickens and ducks are likewise doing great. I had two unfortunate chicken deaths this month. Otherwise, the hens have been basking in the recent winter thaw. I've been giving them kitchen scraps (like normal). Today I gave them a handful of biscuits that had gone bad. It was so fun to watch them chase each other around the yard with mouthfuls of biscuit.
During the month of January, I have been babysitting some chickens. Normally for me, farm-sitting involves traveling to the farm in question, but the family was going to be gone for more than a month. It would obviously be a pain for me to drive over there every day, so they put bands on the chickens' legs (to tell them apart from my hens) and brought them to my house. So far, my chickens and the others have been playing well together.
Eggs! Eggs, eggs, eggs! Before the new chickens came, I was collecting 1-3 eggs per day. Now I am collecting 6-8 eggs per day, with no extra cost to me and hardly any work. So, that is my little "hobby farm hack" of the month: chicken-sitting.
Profit & Loss
Net profit: -($29.00)
Year-to-date Profit: $289.62
Hay cost less than I had budgeted for, which was nice! February will have feed costs again, but that should be it. Til next time,