December 1, 2009

Chinook Wind and Narragansetts


Here are a couple photos of the warm weather in the later part of November. The sunset shows part of the cloud formation called the Chinook Arch. A stong, warm wind sent the temperature up to +18c . The Black Welsh ewes stayed out grazing until dark, just enjoying the warm air.



The second photo shows our *Heritage Narragansett turkeys roosting up in the willow tree by the duck pond. The tom and hen had a nest of about 20 eggs that was destroyed by a skunk. They started a new nest and had 14 chicks hatch out. The mother and 8 remaing youngsters have survived (the tom and some of the young ones were killed by preditors in the late summer).
*“Heritage turkeys" is a phrase now popularly used to describe naturally-mating, long-lived, slow-growing varieties of turkeys, most of which have standards defined by the American Poultry Association.

Weather is colder now but they still prefer to roost in the trees, rather than in the turkey shed. Everything is white with snow. and the daylight hours are short. I moved the ducks up from the duck pond to the chicken house for the winter. The supplimental light is on for the chickens in the morning and evening. It is necessary for egg layers to have 13-14 hours of light a day.

And it's time for the sheep breeding. We like to have the lambs in warm spring weather so breeding is in December and January.

5 comments:

~ Phyllis ~ said...

Those are some great photos.
Stay warm.

Lona said...

What a gorgeous sky!

Hope all is well with you. No snow here yet, and we are well along in breeding. The sheep are still out to pasture, but there isn't much left to eat. Just turned the polypays out in the harvested corn field. We hate to bring them in before we have to...

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures Mom! Love T

Aimee said...

Yah great pics Mom, especially the one of the sky! How cool!....Aimee

Crazy Lady with purple fingers said...

Beautiful pictures!! Hope you are not getting the weather we are right now, the winds have been howling and snow blowing for a full twenty-fours hours steady here, good thing it is not that cold yet although they are forecasting really cold weather for next week, we have drifts all over the place, front step and door are snowed right in this morning and the shovel was left up by the door last night.......