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Back at work on the pig pasture

Rough Green Snake

Green snake on lumber"Do you want to see the cutest snake in the world?" I called down to Mark from the edge of the pig pasture.  I had found a Rough Green Snake (the first one I've ever seen!) in the lumber we'd stacked for our new coop/pig shed, and Mark was very willing to walk up the hill for the chance of a peek.

Which is all a long way of telling you that we're back at work on the new pasture.  Not that things have slowed down at all --- the weeds are growing a mile a minute --- but the broilers are too.  We plan to keep about ten of this year's first batch of broilers to replace our two-year-old layers, and those pullets need somewhere to live between when the new broilers get their pasture and then they begin to lay.  (At laying time, our new flock will take over the quarters of our current laying flock, while the old hens go into our tummies.)

Ripening strawberry

In completely unrelated, but delectable, news, we ate the first strawberry of 2013 on Tuesday.  I suspect the floodgates will open soon, since lots of half-ripe fruits like this one are scattered amid the beds.  Our long wait is finally over!

Our chicken waterer keeps chores to a minimum even though we're currently juggling three flocks.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Hi there! Your strawberries look wonderfully healthy. We had a lil problem with the birds eating ours, but hopefully you won't. Have a great day.
Comment by Toni Thu May 23 08:12:01 2013
That is a beautifulsnake. How long was it? From the second photo it looks quite long.
Comment by Sheila Thu May 23 23:09:44 2013
Sheila --- It's hard to get even a rough estimate since it was crinkled up as you can see in the photo. Maybe as much as four or five feet long all stretched out?
Comment by anna Fri May 24 09:12:25 2013

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