It’s funny. We are in the midst of getting our meat animals off to their final destination and at the same time, planning for next years animals. We originally wanted to raise our own meat and vegetables and the sheep were Kaylin’s projects. We then discovered that people liked and wanted the product we had … More Looking forward
Let me introduce you to Thelma and Louise! After all, a farm is not a farm if there aren’t babies around in the Spring! Currently, the young ladies favorite past-time is sleeping but we know that they are growing. The fun is watching them in their pasture. They are doing … More Spring and babies, part 1
I would like to introduce everyone to Buddy. He is a Hereford whiteface calf co-owned with Marty and Mary Ann from A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm. He came to us a bit shy. Ok, really shy. I about got my legs kicked out from under me a couple times. Fortunately, I remembered the silver rule, … More Another addition
We got our last 25 chicks in for the 2012 season. We’ll be sharing these with Marty and Mary Ann from A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm. We all lost chickens in the last month or so due to one reason or another. With the cost of grain and food going up, we want to make … More Last chicks arrive
We invented the poultry shuffle last night. This is the way it goes. 1. Move the broilers to the stall. They depart June 1 (thank goodness!) 2. Move the layer pullets to their new chicken tractor: We’ll move this around the yard so they can mow and eat grass while … More Poultry Shuffle
We welcomed, though temporarily for some, 100 new Barred Silver cockerels to the farm today! The little balls of fluff arrived safely from Reich Poultry in Pennsylvania. Fifty of the little guys will head off to a new home tomorrow while another 40 will be raised by Patty and I for 3 or 4 weeks … More New Chicks on the Block
And these are not the lovely red wigglers who do so well in a garden. Alfie, the lead man of our sheep herd, has been a bit pale and…well…poopy. We took him off pasture for a night thinking that maybe the fresh grass was too much. It cleared up some, but a sample was on … More Worms….UGH!
This weekend was a chance to catch up on farm chores. We cleaned the chick brooders out and gave our new laying pullets a chance for some some fresh grass, bugs, and sunshine. This week, I’ll build a chicken tractor and get them out of the barn and onto semi-free range where they belong!
Oh, those little pigs. Well, not so little any more. They are about 100 pounds of stubborn strength. This has definitely been a learning experience. 1. Yes, it is true that pigs will escape if given any little chance. 2. Pigs do not like to be pushed 3. Pigs do not like to be pulled. … More Piggishness
I love our ladies. All 10 of them. And it is with love that we let them out everyday to peruse the yard in search of bugs and grains. We recently began work on our very overgrown grape and kiwi arbor and noticed lots of fruit on the ground. Since we free range the chickens … More Free ranging chickens