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in Blog, Chickens, Livestock, Poultry

26 Sounds that Chickens Make and What they Mean

Written by Gail Damerow of Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens Chicken Talk Researchers have shown that there are at least 24 different sounds chickens make and maybe as many as 30. While chickens don’t have nearly the vocabulary that us humans have, and their chicken brains don’t allow for abstract and deep conversations, they are still a very vocal and conversational critter.  And if you pay attention, you can learn to understand and speak their language too. Baby Talk Pleasure peep-A soft, irregular chirp that says “I’m here and all is well.” Pleasure trill-A soft warbling sound often used when…

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in Cows

A new little highland cow baby! Frigging adorable!

Merida the Highland Calf We are the proud new owners of the most adorable little critter on the planet.  I mean barring the hundreds of other highland cow babies born this spring.  No, our’s is definitely cuter. We decided to name this adorable little girl, Merida from the Disney movie Brave.  Why not?  First of all Highland cows are a Scottish breed and then she’s a red head.  It’s perfect.  Plus this little calf has zero fear.  She doesn’t understand why she needs to stay in the pen with her mom and is constantly slipping out to go explore.  Adorable…

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in Ducks, Livestock, Waterfowl

Too many pigs and now too many ducks: Learn about Muscovy ducks

I have too many pigs. And now because I have too many pigs, I have too many ducks. Let me explain and maybe you’ll learn something about Muscovy Ducks along the way. Becoming an accidental pig farmer Pigs breed fast. I mean REALLY fast. Their gestation time is God’s little joke of 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days. And they can get pregnant basically as soon as the last piglet pops out. Historically, that’s been fine with me. I started off with two pigs, added a few extra breeders along the way to diversify the gene pool (nobody wants…

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in Blog, Farming, Farmlife

Why I’ve quit farming

I have been struggling the past few years to have a farm and I and my family recently came to the conclusion that we don’t want a farm.  We want a homestead. What’s wrong with farming? A farm is centered around production.  You are trying to build an agricultural empire (of whatever size) where you are selling. Push push push.  You have a product and it needs to go out, whether that product is beef, cheese, jelly or asparagus.  Because it’s a business, you focus on what is the most profitable and you slash what isn’t.  You try to get…

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in Blog, Weddings

Weddings at the ranch!

It has been a dream for my mother that she has a wedding venue here at Flip Flop Ranch.  There are literally piles of magazines all around the house: Brides, Vogue Wedding Edition, The Knot and more.  This is nothing new, these piles have …always been here or so it feels. I admit, the idea of a wedding venue was not super attractive to me.  It seemed far away from farming and I didn’t want to get into something that had nothing to do with what I’d always dreamed of.  Yet somehow here we are! It just started with one…

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in Blog, Farmlife

There is a pelican in my trunk

There is literally a pelican in my trunk. I got a call from a friend this morning who informed me there was a pelican on the side of the road with a broken wing. She needed help because it was trying to bite her and of course this is the countryside and there were literally no cops or animal control within a half hour drive. I ofcourse rushed to help as I would for any injured animal, but a pelican? In the desert? I was pretty sure that she had mistaken the animal. She hadn’t. It was a white pelican…

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in Blog, Chickens

What you should know about giving treats to your chickens

Favorite Treats for Chickens A lot of people want to know what do chickens eat? One thing is treats. Chickens absolutely love to eat treats–most treats. Some they don’t like, but more important, did you know that some treats are good for chickens and others can be dangerous? For example, while chickens love potatoes, you should only provide them with cooked potatoes and for sure avoid any green peelings—just like for people. watermelon green beans tomatoes lettuce potatoes celery leaves meal worms oatmeal carrots apples bananas cauliflower yogurt milk (especially clabbered milk) Worms meat (cooked or not) the mouse you…

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in Blog, Uncategorized

Can a farm to be too diversified?

Diversify, diversify, diversify.  That’s all us small farmers are told to do.  And really it’s great advice, but maybe it’s bad advice too? Monoculture farming Throughout the country, there are giant farms with thousands and thousands of acres of ONE crop.  Thousands of acres of corn or wheat or soy bean or alfalfa or almonds or whatever.  But it’s ONE crop by itself. Monoculture farming is a bad word amongst sustainable farmers.  When you only raise one crop or one livestock, you mess up the ecological cycle of animals fertilizing the soil and crops feeding the animals.  Monoculture crop farms…

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in Blog, Farming, Farmlife

Ever wanted to live like a farmer in Ireland?

This summer was fantastic.  I spent nearly a month in Ireland touring around music festivals and of course….farms.  How could I leave my own farm and not go to another one?  Ok ok I’m obsessed. I ended up on Inis Mor, the biggest of the three Aran Islands, where my friend and I took a horse cart tour.  It was so much fun and so beautiful.  Strangely enough I even got a sun burn.  Who knew that was possible in Ireland? The boat trip across was CRAZY choppy.  I stopped recording when the swells reached about 20 ft I really…

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