Ruffled Feathers and Spilled Milk

Farming with ducks and dairy goats, chickens and children.

Slimming Down.

Nope.  Not about weight loss.  Surprise, surprise.
But even if we aren’t trimming calories, we are cutting back on the chores.  It’s always fun to have new projects and new additions.  But after a while, you have so many things going on that the daily feeding and watering creeps up from 15-20 minutes to 30-45 minutes.  [...]

Yep. That. Again.

My friend read yesterday’s blog post and sent me a picture of a cake.  A pig cake.

I was shocked.  I was stunned.  How did she know I needed a cake? I actually needed several cakes.
One cake was to celebrate.
We needed to celebrate because I am awesome.  I know this because my receipt from the Teeter [...]

A Pig Pen.

I suppose this story starts with the weather forecast.  As I drove home from night shift, the radio DJ announced that we were in for some sunshine and an afternoon high of 50 degrees.  Which seemed like just the break in the weather that I needed to get my new pigs into the garden.  And [...]

The Universe Has Spoken.

It’s that time again.  Grass has sprung up in the garden.

The last couple “wintry mix” events have left a lot of the lettuce, radish, and other greens in the garden burned and curdled.

Of course, the ice and snow hasn’t stopped the henbit, chickweed, and purple dead nettle from squeezing out the crops that are surviving.

As [...]

Testing, 1, 2, 3….

It’s hard to maintain the status quo on a farm.  We’re always trying something.  Changing something.  Testing something.  And that’s just us.  The animals have their own agendas, too.
This week we decided to start milking Charlotte.  I usually wait 3 weeks after kidding before milking a doe.  But Cassie was only nursing off one teat [...]

Meet Your Meat.

I realize heritage chicken breeds are all the rage in farming.  Which is completely reasonable.  The majority of heritage breeds are excellent dual purpose chickens, raised for egg production and for meat.  My first hens were black Plymouth Rocks given to me by the uncle of a friend.  Their history goes back to the 1800’s, [...]

First On Base.

I finally put my foot down last fall.  And I told Charlotte that if she did not freshen this year then she was going to a pet home.  Charlotte has been with us for 2 1/2 years but she has never freshened.  Despite being bred in both fall and spring.  Despite being left with the [...]

My People Are Everywhere.

Had to leave a family member in the hospital overnight for observation.  Everything should be OK but the doctors wanted to be sure.  As we headed upstairs from the emergency room, I scrutinized the floor we were assigned.  No nurses were running around frantic and overwhelmed, no patients were stumbling around the halls desperately searching [...]

I Have A Dream.

And it involves gallery wrapped canvas prints.  Last year when I was decorating the den I ordered 3 canvas prints of my favorite beach photos.  I was very happy with them and they went perfectly with the beach decor.

But they were expensive.  Especially considering how small they were.  We’re not going to discuss how expensive [...]

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