1) The chickens. The chickens may be our greatest success. Birds are gross. Have you ever met a creature that has such disregard for where it poops, and that has an attention span that facilitates transition from dedicated guardian parent to clueless lost dinosaur in just a few seconds? All you have to do is reach under their butts and grab their eggs. It's kind of amazing this species could ever survive in the wild. Anyhooo, it turns out we're having grand success at producing eggs, and we're currently collecting between 60 and 80 per day.
3) Sheep and goats! They are doing quite well. We separated out three male lambs that will be sent to sheep camp in December and transferred to buyer's chest freezers, and kept one male breeder and five female breeders to prepare next year's stock. This means we could have up to 10 lambs for sale next year, if all the stars align. We're also working on breeding our two goats, in the hope that they will keep eating poison ivy.
And animal paddocking, our next great adventure! Currently animal moves still involve manually setting up and tearing down electro-net for each fence line. Let me paint a picture for you. Imagine it's 5°C (42 deg F), raining lightly, and in your hands you have a hundred pounds of electric and nylon fencing and you're trying to drag it through a pasture of pricker bushes and poison ivy to set it up again in a straight line, while being berated by the bleating of animals that don't understand why they can't eat the new grass already. Also this has to be done every day. We're looking forward to proper animal paddocking to help stream-line this effort.
Until next time, keep fighting the good fight, believers in the BOTL !