The ladies.... I really like our hens. They are the best. The broilers come and go but the hens become our little workers.
We gave a tour this morning of the farm and our chickens. We're starting to get the hang of giving tours. It depends what the person wants to see/buy as to how long a tour to give someone. It could take a good 2 hrs to do a proper tour of all the areas and all the animals. Most folks don't have 2 hrs to spare and after you've seen one set of chickens, you've seen enough. And it also depends on what type of shoes someone is wearing-- sandals mean one tour-- boots and long pants mean another tour possibility. We've got a shortened 30-45 min version where we pick out 2-3 animal areas for folks to see. Today the family wanted to buy some of the colored rangers in a few weeks so that was the highlight of the tour in addition to the ladies.
The last few weeks Mike and I say the same thing at 630am.... we need to go to bed earlier.... we need to get up earlier... we said that again this morning as we heard our 10am tour arrive after our late night bonfire. One family at the bonfire said they needed to break the record from last year and stay past 2:30am.... :)
After the last guests left, it was also time for me to pack up the dehydrated garlic because it happened to be perfectly dehydrated at 3am.
I've come to the conclusion that if you don't have a dairy farm, then there is no reason to get up before 7am unless you need to pick for the CSA that morning or you need to water. I'll officially declare that we are evening farmers. Though this could change as we get into the heat of July and August where we'll likely switch to getting up early again and then take a nap between noon-2pm- but for now we are evening farmers.
Most of our moving around of animals happens in the afternoon when the grasses are at their peak and that's when the eggs get collected and more food put in the chicken feeders and I love to garden between 6:30-9:30pm. I call this time of evening the golden time. The sun is golden and the farm kind of sparkles.
So for those of you out there that think you could never farm because you can't get up early.... there is hope for you....