Pets & Livestock

A Morning Run

A Morning Run

As loudly as I can, I shout, “Hey!” and then decide to add “Get out of here!” for good measure. I burst out of the door nearly tumble down the steps as I start running across the wet morning grass. Various thoughts float through my adrenalin heightened mind as I run. “I must look like […]

Fall Ducklings

Fall Ducklings

Late last year I had decided that I wanted to primarily keep Cayuga ducks.  Cayugas are a big, heavy breed of duck and decent layers.  I thought they’d make a great mixed purpose flock and I loved their jet black color.  This was part of my plan to move away from hatchery orders and become […]

Lucky Duck at 5 Months

Lucky Duck at 5 Months

This year has been a hard and tragic year for the farm, family, and me.  With Jupiter’s passing I was thinking back on all the events.  Just about a year ago Gui, my tabby cat, was let out of the house and did not return.  I don’t hold out much hope that he is alive […]

Update On the Hatching Experiment

Update On the Hatching Experiment

Unfortunately the hatching experiment with refrigerated eggs doesn’t appear to have panned out.  Mama turkey was “due” on August 6th and Geoff and I agreed to give her an extra week grace period.  There’s been no activity. At this point mama turkey has been doggedly sitting on her nest for at least three months.  During […]

I Am Not a “Dog Person” - Saying Goodbye to Jupiter

I Am Not a “Dog Person” – Saying Goodbye to Jupiter

Jupiter came to me at about 5 years old from a rescue situation.  I’ve recounted his story before. Over the last couple months I had observed a decline in Jupiter’s mobility.  Initially I chalked it up to him being nearly 11 years old but about two months ago I took him in to the vet […]

Lime Washing the Barn

Lime Washing the Barn

I’m not sure what got the idea of lime washing or white washing the barn in my head exactly.  I think I was looking up information on goat kids when I brought home Nelly and Alfie and came across the mention of white washing on the Fias Co Farm webpage.  I’ve had issues with lice […]

Hatching Experiment with Refrigerated Eggs

Hatching Experiment with Refrigerated Eggs

I feel a little silly about this. I mentioned before that we had given the mama turkey hen some wooden eggs to encourage her sitting and then taken them away but she stopped laying eggs when she had five in her clutch (a clutch is the group of eggs a hen is sitting on).  Geoff […]

New Baby Goats!

New Baby Goats!

I’m happy (and a little bit terrified) to introduce… Nelly and Alfie! Nelly [left] is a little doe or doeling, and Alfie [right] is a wether (castrated male).  They are brother and sister and were born May 6, 2014 which makes them just over 9 weeks old.  They are Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats which are […]

Moving Mama and Cleaning the Barn

Moving Mama and Cleaning the Barn

This weekend I really wanted to get the barn cleaned because I would be gone this week and needed it cleaned when I returned.  FitBit activities didn’t have a choice for “shoveling shit”.  The goat’s stall took about two and half hours to shovel out.  I’ve been known to bribe other people to do it.  […]

Letting Mama Hatch, Part 2

Letting Mama Hatch, Part 2

One of the first things I learned about letting the ducks and hens sit, brood, and hatch their own was just how long they can stay fertile.  Apparently they will remain fertile for almost a month following their last encounter.  The mallard drakes were picked off by a bobcat because the entire flock liked to […]