Ruffled Feathers and Spilled Milk

Farming with ducks and dairy goats, chickens and children.

Farm Visit

The best thing about being a farmer is having friends that are farmers, too.  Because every farm is different.  So just when it becomes unbearably boring to stroll through your barnyard or wander through your garden,  you can head off to your friend’s place.
Where the goat kids come with floppy ears and legs long enough [...]

A Farm Girl.

Some people are born to farm.  Some people are born on a farm.  Every once in a while, the stars line up, the Fates smile down, God snaps His fingers, and a child who is born to farm is born on a farm.  And you get this:
Pretty

Cute is Overrated.

I canceled the spring farm tour.  Not because I wanted to cancel it.  I know opening the farm for tours is a great way to make friends out of the neighbors and win new customers.  But the animals won’t cooperate.  Everyone wants to see cute cuddly chicks and cute fluffy ducklings and cute playful goat [...]

“My goat is down and he can’t get up”….and other interesting excuses.

“Hi, um, I won’t be there for Girl Scout cookie pick-up.  My goat is down and he can’t get up.  I’ll call you later.”
If you know me, then you’ve heard these sort of excuses.
You may even have been talking to me on the phone when I screamed “Big, get the hoe!” and then clicked off.  [...]

Welcome

It finally happened.  Today I opened the barn door to the sound of peeps and chirps.  There was Grey Girl, huddled over two freshly hatched chicks, a bright yellow and a mixed tan.  Huh.
Back in December, Grey Girl decided she had to have some babies.  She chose a corner of the goat barn and dutifully [...]

“Take every gain without showing remorse about missed profits, because an eel may escape sooner than you think.”

I don’t know what that means.  It is a quote by Lope de Vega, a playmaker in the Spanish Golden Age.  But I like it because it so clearly captures the emotional essence of making a profit.  Your books keep showing you in the red, but your mind keeps telling you that you did just [...]

Little House on the Prairie (of Death)

C’mon, you know that’s what it had to be like.   I know it had to be like that and I only have a couple breeds of poultry and live on just 4 acres.  But since the day I started farming I spend as much time dealing with dead animals as I do [...]

Operation AdoptAKeet

I wanted to share a story with you but figured you needed a review of the terms listed below:
Woodland Pond Farm Glossary
“broody”–physical/emotional state of a hen or duck in which is she is prepared to sit on her eggs until they hatch.  Can also include the time during which she is raising her young ducklings [...]

End of Grade Test

Word Problem.
(Involves Reading Comprehension, Critical Thinking, Environmental
Studies, Social Situations, and Mathematical Analysis)
You own a small free range duck farm. You have not completed permanent
housing for the flock.  Breeding and hatching season has arrived.
Resolve the following scenarios:
1.  5 ducklings hatched out in an incubator. YOU are their mother.
Ducklings cannot be placed outside without a mother duck [...]

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