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With springtime brings warmer weather, blooming flowers (unfortunately allergies) and lots of baby animals. After winter on the farm, spring is a great time to get out and get things going. There are also a slew of spring farm activities that you should do every year.
Spring farm activities are all about life, growing, baby animals, cleaning and expanding your farm or homestead. It is important that to be completely prepared as spring on the farm or homestead is one of the biggest and busiest seasons you will have.
Need some help getting your farm and homestead plans in order? This Homestead Goal Setting and Project Planner can help.
Must Do Spring Farm Activities
Spring is a super busy time on any farm or homestead. There are gardens to plant, chicks to hatch and a plethora of other activities that you will need to preform in order to keep your homestead running smoothly.
1. Hatching Chicks
Springtime is when you will want to start hatching chicks again. So, fire up your incubators, and get some eggs set. Or, you can always let a broody hen hatch chicks for you. Spring is perfect for new baby chicks as your chickens should be laying well again and the weather is warming up so that it will be easier to transition your chicks outside to the rest of your flock.
2. Planting your garden
Whether you have already started plants or will be direct sowing your seeds, Spring is time to get outside and get the garden going. You’ll need to prepare the soil and then you can get to planting.
3. Kidding season
This one may be one of the best spring farm activities! Goat heat is usually in Fall, so goat kiddings typically happen in late winter to early Spring. Kidding season is fun – baby goats running around are so much fun to watch as they run and jump and play.
However, as much fun as baby goats are, they are also a lot of time to take care of. You have bottle feedings, disbudding, health issues, bandings and sales. So, keeping everything running and organized is a lot of work.
4. Start new projects
During the winter, the weather is not really conducive to getting outside and starting new buildings and fixing things like fencing. It is a good idea to do some homestead planning in winter so that you know exactly what projects you want to add to the docket for Spring. That way, when Spring hits, you can get started right away.
Some projects to think about are expanding shelters and pastures like – new goat stalls, fencing or new chicken coops and runs. If you have ducks, or want to provide a water source for your livestock (either for drinking or for cooling off), you may want to think about building a small pond.
Sometimes it is learning how to do something new like making cheese from your dairy goats. Whatever project(s) you have decided on for the year, get them started!
5. Cleaning and Organizing
Spring cleaning isn’t just for your house. With all of the other activities going on during Spring, it is important to get everything cleaned and organized so that you have a smooth running homestead machine.
Think things like cleaning out the barn, cleaning out the coop, stall and other animals shelters (especially if you do deep litter).
6. Other Baby Animals
Baby goats and baby chicks aren’t the only baby animals that you should plan for and be taking care of during Spring time. Most animals will have their baby season in the Spring, so whatever animals you raise (or want to start raising) are probably birthing during this time.
What Spring Farm Activities do you have planned this year?