Farming forum: Farming in April, 2018

Views: 104, Replies: 10 » Jump to the end
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
Image
AnnaZ
Apr 10, 2018 6:18 PM CST
We are a third of the way through April........you'd never guess. It feels more like late February. Cold.

In case you want to go back to really cold winter, we were here in January..........

The thread "January 2018" in Farming forum

We had snow again over the weekend. Mind you, it wasn't much, but did cover the ground. It melted on the roads and didn't accumulate. Guess we should be thankful for that, no matter how small a victory.

Nobody has even thought of field work yet; not even the guys that want to put oats in on top of the snow. The grass is looking like it is thinking of maybe greening up, then Ma Nature turns around and kicks us in the arse yet again. Whistling I wouldn't even mind mowing yard; at least it would show that warm weather might be showing up.

Still salt on the roads which limits the SU taking the RV to Camping World in Madison to get the awnings installed over the RV living room window. Last year we went RVing the end of April. I don't see that happening anytime soon.

Not really related to farming, but I took my written tests for my CDL and HAZMAT endorsement to my driver's license. Still have to do the driving test, pre-trip inspection, and fingerprinting. Homeland security wants that; I can't be a threat since I would be transporting explosives in the manner of display fireworks. Fingerprinting appointment is Thursday.

I'm assuming as soon as it warms up some the renter will be bringing us some cattle. The SU walked the electric fence this afternoon, replacing broken post fasteners. It's been nice not having any animals over winter; the SU has decided he does not want cattle here during the winter any more. I don't blame him.

What is everyone doing???
[Last edited by AnnaZ - Apr 10, 2018 6:20 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1680716 (1)
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
porkpal
Apr 10, 2018 6:53 PM CST
Busy! Thanks for starting a new thread; I'll add something when I get a moment.
Porkpal
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
Image
Newyorkrita
Apr 11, 2018 10:16 AM CST
Just too cold all around for spring this year.
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Deer Organic Gardener Ferns Herbs Beavers
Dragonflies Spiders! Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Birds Fruit Growers
Image
Bonehead
Apr 11, 2018 10:47 AM CST
We've mowed twice, and I'm in the thick of spring garden cleanup, between rain spells that is. I let my young chicks (about 4 weeks old) out into the world (chicken yard) but so far they have not figured out about coming in to the coop at night so I have to net them. Sounds like a chicken massacre every night, who knew they could be so noisy.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
Image
Newyorkrita
Apr 11, 2018 11:01 AM CST
Silly chickens!! Don't they know the coop is the safe place to spend the night.
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Cat Lover Dog Lover Vermiculture Birds Bulbs
Canning and food preservation Butterflies Composter Bromeliad Bookworm Greenhouse
Image
pod
Apr 12, 2018 6:11 AM CST
When I had chicks/chickens, I would always feed in the chicken pen right before closing the pen in the evening. They were willing to be shut up for the night then.

I had a customer tell me he used a automatic deer feeder to spread the hen scratch and had the timer set for a certain time so all he had to do was close the pen door.

Chickens are fun but I think the saying "no forehead, no brains" applies. Whistling
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
Image
AnnaZ
Apr 12, 2018 6:13 AM CST
I can say that I have NEVER had the desire for poultry.
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Deer Organic Gardener Ferns Herbs Beavers
Dragonflies Spiders! Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Birds Fruit Growers
Image
Bonehead
Apr 12, 2018 10:50 AM CST
Anna, I'm the same about sheep. I think we've had just about every other farm animal. Thinking back, though, chickens might be my favorite - easy keepers.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
Image
Newyorkrita
Apr 12, 2018 12:02 PM CST
I sure would have chickens if it were allowed here.
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
Image
AnnaZ
Apr 12, 2018 12:10 PM CST
Well, I didn't really think that there were any animals that were stupider than pigs, but I think poultry might be. God had one brain left when he was done and divided it up between the swine and poultry.
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Deer Organic Gardener Ferns Herbs Beavers
Dragonflies Spiders! Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Birds Fruit Growers
Image
Bonehead
Apr 12, 2018 12:59 PM CST
Ha ha, Anna. I've never been a proponent of how smart or personable pigs are. Although I have to say cows don't really show much potential either. Animals are animals, they just go about their business as best they can near as I can tell.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Farming forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by bootandall and is called "Lilac"