Ruffled Feathers and Spilled Milk

Farming with ducks and dairy goats, chickens and children.

‘Twas The Day After Christmas.

‘Twas the day after Christmas and all through the house,
there was no room to walk, not even for a mouse.
Empty stockings were thrown all over the floor,
torn open toy boxes, stacked by the door.
The children were nestled in piles of trifles—
basketballs, roller blades, new Nerf rifles.
Wearing pajamas, instead of their clothes,
they were all settled in [...]

Blue Christmas.

Can you tell what is the same about all these windows and doors?

Honey Baked Ham.

So far, the test pig is a bit of a dud.
He managed pretty well for the first 2 days.  Then I had to go to work for a 24 hour shift.  The animals don’t get sick/injured/die/give birth/escape every time I go to work off the farm.  But if they’re going to do it, that’s always [...]

Test Pig.

One of the main goals in farming is getting through winter with fewer mouths to feed.  After all, once the forage runs out, even free range animals depend on feed bags for their meals.  That, or the pansies on the deck.

The Chicken and the Egg.

It’s that time of year.  This is what the nest boxes look like:

Empty.  Nothing.  Nada.  Zip.  Zero.

Up on the Rooftop.

I have always considered light and air to be an essential part of raising animals.  When we were producing 350 ducks a year, their barn had 2 covered rooms–one for nesting and one as a brooder room– and the rest of it was open wire roof and sides.  After all, the ducks didn’t mind the [...]

I just remembered.

My last post might have left the impression that I have gotten lazy.  In honor of the many hard working farmers and parents in my community I figured I should correct that idea.  So I sat in the window seat, watching the birds at the birdfeeder, soaking in some warm sunlight, sipping a hot chocolate, [...]

Falling Asleep.

I’ve heard people say, “Summer time and the livin’ is easy.”  Which just goes to show they didn’t have weeds to pull, cucumber beetles to pluck off the vines, and 100′ of hose to drag down to the garden when the drought set in.  Around here, fall is the season for putting your feet up.  [...]

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