We also caught two carpet pythons enjoying spring. We knew there was one in the hayshed, and now maybe there are two (or maybe the second one didn't move in permanently). There carrying on like this for an hour, blocking our access to hay and we were unable to leave until they finished! They were oblivious to us watching and taking photos, so we got a good look at them. These snakes are pythons and not poisonous, but kill be constricting small animals. They live off the mice in our hay shed. It did make us worry that they might also be big enough to eat Taz and our future chickens! I just hope they have plenty of mice to eat.
Cows and cattle
The dairy calves are all growing up fast. We have stopped milking Bella after she had mastitis again and tried to kick Pete. Charlotte seems to be allowed to drink from Bella sometimes, so we just left them to it, and Bella is happy with that arrangement. Pete is milking Molly once a day and giving most of the milk to Rosey. Molly's calf Chubby gets the rest! And there's always some in the fridge. Its nice to not have the pressure to make cheese. I did enjoy making cheese, but sometimes its just stressful to see the fridge bursting with milk and thinking that you must make yet ANOTHER cheese so as not to waste it. Its nice knowing that we are using the excess to raise another house cow.
Here's what I wrote last time about this principle, with more details.
We have been making more tallow soap. This time we tried to make a shaving soap in a PVC pipe. It doesn't look very nice, but it foams up nicely! I'll post the recipe soon, and when I get it to look nicer, we will sell this on Etsy too. If you want to try my soap its available on Etsy now.
I finally finished my eBook about chicken tractors. You can get the pdf file from Etsy, I'm working on the epub file (honestly it looks so much better in pdf, I recommend that format if you don't want the text all jumbled up).
There's more information about the book over at my chicken tractor ebook blog page. Here's a little bit about it:
Chickens in a confined coop can end up living in an unpleasant dust-bowl, but allowing chickens to free-range can result in chickens getting into gardens and expose them to predators.
A movable cage or “chicken tractor” is the best of both options – the chickens are safe, have access to clean grass, fresh air and bugs. Feed costs are reduced, chickens are happier, and egg production increases.
But how do you build a chicken tractor? What aspects should be considered in designing and using a chicken tractor effectively? In this eBook I aim to explain how to make a chicken tractor work for you in your environment to meet your goals for keeping chickens.
I also list what I have learnt over 10 years of keeping chickens in tractors of various designs and sizes, from hatching chicks, through to butchering roosters.
How was your September? What are you planning for October?