Summer is in full swing here on the farm. The chicken chicks have been moved to their outside pen, though not allowed completely outside just yet - not until they learn to go back inside at night on their own. The turkey chicks are enjoying their freedom in the great wide open... well, being in their grassy pen anyways. They make the most lovely chirping sound and race to the fence whenever anyone walks by... pretty cute!
The pigs are growing like weeds and are especially entertaining. They are very curious and enjoy visiting with people through the fence. They'll even sniff your hand or fingers if you'll let them. Have you every touched a pig snout? It's quite the experience! Kind of wet and rubbery. :-) Just like the pigs from last year, these two like to run "relay races" in the evening. The game begins with both pigs waiting inside their sleeping area and then one of them shoots out and runs as fast as he can across the pen and then jumping back into the sleeping area. The other one immediately does the same routine while the other waits. It's just the funniest thing to watch, but you have to be sneaky because if they suspect they are being watched, the stop immediately!
The goat kids are now spending their nights out with their moms and the rest of the herd. Mornings find them bouncing around in the corral, head butting and playing king of the mountain with each other. Happy as can be!
The garden is coming along and the greenhouse is exploding with green goodness as well as lots of beautiful flowers. This year we are experimenting with planting some vegetables directly into the ground, rather than using the planter boxes like last year. We'll use the boxes for onions, salad mix, kale and some other things, but want to plant cauliflower, broccoli and carrots directly in the ground. Farming is a lot like playing the lottery... you just never know if it's going to pay off!