So as we move into the winter what is there to do on the homestead?  Is it just sit back by the fire and sip a hot toddy?  Or perhaps just take in the picturesque views?  There is always work to be done on the homestead, as I’ve been learning this year.  So what tasks will I be looking at this winter?  What can others tackle as we move into the shorter days of winter?  Let’s go over some.

For Starters, if you can’t go outside then winter becomes a great time to read, learn more and develop plans.  Last winter I was reading and figuring out some of the basics of minding bees.  Now that I’ve been tending to a couple hives for a season I am looking to spend the winter going over these books again to see what I can pick up now that I’ve handled the hives some, gotten stung some and will probably pull out some different points and ideas then I did last year.  If you are looking at starting some hives in the spring, winter is time to read up, acquire, assemble and paint your hives and make sure that you have ordered some bees.  Also if you would feel better learning from a class than just reading a book, many local clubs will run classes starting in winter so you will be ready when your little winged friends arrive.

Next up as I’ve mentioned a few times I will be adding ducks to the homestead.  I have pushed around when I’ll be looking at starting on them, and it might be January to start them up.  I’ve been looking at what all I need to track down to brood them and set up their pen and coop.  I have been changing the way that I’m looking to set up their coop and such.  I’ve also swapped from thinking that I would just have a metal mesh fence to looking at doing poultry netting.

After Thanksgiving I have been looking into perhaps adding some turkeys to the homestead in the coming year.  This means that over this winter I’ll be looking further into what it takes to raise some turkeys and then perhaps even planning where they will go and how they will be taken care of.  This means any angora rabbit plans will be pushed back at least until fall or so.  Though I did see in an issue of Mother Earth News a nice looking mobile rabbit tractor, that might end up being part of the any future rabbit plans.

Also this winter I am looking at taking some time to practice the fiddle as well.  Taking care of cores is important, but you also need to carve out some time for a hobby or the like that helps your mental well being.