Amos has developed a bit of a rasp when he breathes, so I will be calling the vet, probably tomorrow, to see about making an appointment for all the kittens to go in. They're due for their first round of vaccinations anyway.
We got four eggs from the hens today. All in shades of brown. I'm not sure why the brown leghorn hen that was laying last fall is not laying now. They're the only ones in the flock that will lay white eggs.
Baby Sage is closing in on her first birthday. She'll be one year old on the 21st. Just over a week away. I suppose it's time she went in to the vet for shots and spay so she can find a new home.
Henry needs to be neutered, the barn cats (Gypsy and Luna) need to be spayed, and all of the kittens will need to be spayed and neutered as soon as they are old enough and big enough for the surgery. This may be an expensive year for cats. In the long run though it will make things more affordable so we don't end up with a million kittens. If anyone wants to donate to help pay for all the spay neuter surgeries, I'd appreciate it. We're still trying to find a home for Netherquartz, since he was neutered 11/1/18. He's the father of the older kittens (Blue Star, Ginger Bear, Yuri, Cloud, and Butter Beer).
Tonight we had stuffed bell peppers for dinner, and I was very much looking forward to it. They're delicious! I've been craving them for weeks now. It seems my body craves vegetables all winter long. Maybe I spoil myself with fresh garden veggies all summer.
It's about time to start winter sowing. Truth be told I've been chomping at the bit to start, but all of my soil is currently frozen in a snowbank outside, and I can't seem to chisel it out. It's encased in ice from a particularly nasty snow storm we had a while ago. I've asked Tony to bring home some fresh bags and I can use the frozen bags in the summer to fill buckets and containers when we transplant. He payed for five bags, but didn't pick them up yet. He said they're currently frozen at the store too since they're stored outside, but being up on a pallet under a roof, I'd think they'd at least be accessible.
In the meantime I'm continuing to research the varieties in my collection. I completed all of the peppers, and now I'm working on researching the eggplant varieties.
I think we will start up the incubator next month. We're getting a steady supply of eggs and that will put us on par to have chicks available just before Easter. The ducks aren't currently laying, but if they are by then, we can certainly put some of those eggs in to hatch too.
For now we're on bunny baby watch. They didn't seem too interested in breeding last month, so I'm not confident we will have any babies this go round, but we'll be checking and watching anyway.