Hello and welcome,
Never been to the Yass Valley but your place sounds lovely.
We used to run a large beef and horse properties of hundreds of acres over 2 farms but have now downsized and I am enjoying the more intensified farming. We live in the south west of WA in a pretty spot on the river but I do miss the wide open spaces with nothing on your ears except the sounds of nature. But life goes on.. I am finding that a smaller acrerage is almost as busy as a large one in that a larger one seems to look after itself. Even today I will be busy mowing around the sheds, spraying before the wet hits and trying to tow a tree that has fallen across a fence.
I love chooks too but I only have 3 at the moment... and yes they do all have names...
My neighbours have dexters which are bred from Angus that we used to run. Seems the escaping trait that Angus have has come through to the Dexters as we are often finding a steer or 2 in our place from next door.
Our Angus could jump a 1200 electric fence and one neighbour asked me if I was training them in showjumping.... I told him... no, only the horses.
We used to be a vibrant chatty board but seems people are busy with their own lives these days. However there is tons of useful info on here and I have used it a lot.
Look forward to your posts. I would love to hear more about your chooks. At the local show recently I saw breeds of chooks I have never seen before.... fascinating.
Hubby recently built a 'poultry palace' for the girls to thwart the efforts of Mr Fox. It is a walk in closed area for their perching and nesting boxes with a small door to a walk out yard that has weld mesh instead of wire and a roof over it so they can access that in the wet weather. The yard then opens to an enclosed orchard for thyem to scratch in.
Foxes can chew through wire we found, hence the weld mesh. We have had no bother since.
The hen house section is even insulated... nothing too good for our gorgeous girls who love to sit on our laps while we enjoy a quiet glass of wine on the deck. Freckles even likes a bit of wine...true..
or anything else on the table.