Ruffled Feathers and Spilled Milk

Farming with ducks and dairy goats, chickens and children.

One Of These Is Not Like The Others

It’s always fun to find a torpedo egg in the nest box.
I doubt it is fun to lay one, though.

Small packages.

The other day the owner of the feed mill gave Pretty an egg from one of his bantam hens.
Isn’t it cute?

I mean, how adorable!

I need some bantam hens!  Why don’t I have bantam hens to produce these sweet little eggs?!
Oh.

I have a feeling they don’t sell very well.
Although Little suggested they were the perfect size [...]

When Bad Chores Happen To Good Farmers.

Not every day around here involves newborn goat kids or picking the first sweet snap peas off the trellis.  Sometimes we are following a trail of blood drops into the barn to discover a goat with her eyelid split open. Or applying butt salve to the rear end of the guardian dog after he broke [...]

We’re Professionals.

Everything we do has a reason.  All of our actions are the result of careful research, proven technique, and effective cost analysis.  We’re professionals.
For example, we do not rescue unhatched eggs because we “feel bad” for them.  We accept the cycle of life.  The survival of the fittest.  We’re professionals.

What was I thinking?

There’s no good excuse.  I guess I just got carried away.  Because the summer garden was finally planted (except for the root crops which prefer a 3rd quarter moon).  The raised beds in the side pasture were filled with compost in preparation for the vine crops (2nd quarter moon in Scorpio).  The chicken accessories were [...]

‘Tis the season

It’s that time of year.  When the chickens’ desire to procreate overrides their desire to provide me with fresh eggs for market.  The entire 4 acres of our farm becomes the battleground for a strategic game of  chicken-hide-and-farmer-seek.
Bad chicken.  This is not the nest box.

Backyard Chickens

So, you wanna raise chickens?  Sure, everybody’s doing it.   The people have spoken, the city leaders have relented, let there be backyard chickens!   I applaud the efforts of this uprising and, in appreciation, offer some of the tidbits I have learned during my years with chickens.   Gather ’round and listen close.  [...]

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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