May Journal

Hello friends! As I sit here preparing to write our May journal, I marvel at how we are already in June of 2020. This year seems to be going by on warp speed! I sincerely hope that you are all staying healthy and that your happiness is increasing with the warmer temperatures. May is one of my favorite months because it’s when color starts to reappear in the barren winter landscape, like daffodils and tulips. It’s also the time where we bring on young fowl to the farm, such as ducks, chickens, or turkeys. In the beginning of the month, temperatures are still freezing at night, so the gardens don’t go in until at least after Memorial Day.

Orion posing in one of the back pastures.

Speaking of the colder nighttime temperatures, it wouldn’t be spring in Maine if the daffodils didn’t get a little dusted with a small spring snow storm. This year though, it wasn’t just a dusting! On May 9th, we had quite the spring snowstorm! This wasn’t all too unusual though.. as Mrs. Davis can testify from 1967.

We bought chicks and ducklings this May. It’s our first time raising ducklings and I am awed at how fast they grow. The chicks will be egg layers once matured, and the ducks will be processed for food for us. One of our all time favorite restaurants in the Old Port is called the Grill Room, and they serve an amazing roasted duck breast which I hope to replicate with our farm-raised ducks.

The ducklings enjoying a sunny day swimming.

Another new addition to the farm this May is a new Hereford calf. We traded a bull that was born in October 2019 for this heifer who was born in November 2019. Her name is Penny, and we hope with her stellar genetics she will produce good offspring to keep building our herd.

Paul and Penny.

Towards the end of the Month, the piglets that were born in the beginning of April went to their new homes. We had an incredibly tough time with the deliveries of piglets and lost about half of what we were expecting. Out of three sows, one did fantastic, and then the other two not so well. One of the sows that had issues had a piglet stuck, which I wasn’t able to assist and get out, so we called an emergency livestock vet in to help. The other sow spooked with every cry that a piglet would make, stepping on them and crushing them. We were very disappointed because of the significant investment we had made financially, but also because we were not able to fulfill all the requests for piglets to people. In October, we should have two sows farrow again, and we hope and pray it goes much better then the spring.

Spring piglets warming up under a heating lamp.

Well, that’s it for May! We are as busy as ever with renovations, farming, work, and just life in general. Friends and family, stay healthy!

Ragnar jumping for joy with all the lush, fresh growth to eat.

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