I have decided that the farmers who switched from horses to tractors, who sold their animals for dog food in exchange for loud, smelly, irritating and expensive machinery were idiots. Well meaning idiots, but still idiots. Farming with horses was the most enjoyable experience I’ve had in a long time and I never want to go back to using mechanical farm equipment.
Ok, granted there are some limitations to farming with horses. You have to do a bit of training, you can’t just jump on and turn the key, they have a mind of their own and sometimes Read More
I must be really stressed out because, over what should be little stresses, I am getting a cramped shoulder and a stitch in my side. Of course problems getting to your airplane on time aren’t exactly little stresses so maybe I should give myself credit. My flight leaves at 6:15 and here I am in the shuttle at 5:25. Fortunately it’s a domestic flight or I might as well give up. As it is I will probably be running through the airport which is what I got up extra early to avoid. But the shuttle didn’t come for a half hour. Not an auspicious start to my trip but Read More
Yes, the past week has been hellish temperatures. Sunday hit a high of 115 degrees of drenching, sweaty humidity and it has only slightly come down since then. Fortunately this misery is very uncommon. Last summer we only had a handful of days above 100 degrees and only slightly above 100. While we retreat inside to the inefficient coolness of the swamp cooler, it’s the poor animals that really have to deal with the heat.
Heat is really hard on animals and it shows in weight loss, lower milk production, problems breeding and even death. We happily didn’t lose any animals in this massive heat wave, but it’s something we Read More
“OK, if this freaks anyone out, just say so, but we had the most awesome dinner tonight. Goose.”
A friend of mine who owns babies and grand babies of our Tom Walker line of geese just posted this on facebook.
To me, this is excellent news. Now I know some of you are vegetarians/vegans or meat eaters who pretend that meat wasn’t once a live animal, so stop reading now if you don’t want to hear a review of how this amazing bird tastes. As for me, I’m getting hungry…
I can not believe how good these are. I was never a fan of eating goose before. We sold Read More
Finally our white peacocks are growing up. They seem to have grown so slowly. We lost 3 of them during the dog attack, but I think we only lost males and still have females. I sure hope so because we have 2 male india blues and they make beautiful pied peacock babies such as this when they breed with whites.
Aren’t they just gorgeous?
There was snow on the ground today and I was so happy. But then I got out to the chicken coop. There were dead chickens everywhere. Dogs had got in, even after we chickenwired the bottom of the fence to keep everyone safe. They decimated our Dorking flock. After all these years of working to breed chickens touch enough to withstand the desert extremes and to build a flock big enough to really start selling chicks…
To say that I’m discouraged is an understatement. I was already discouraged because we’re having such a hard time dealing with permitting issues for our business. Now this.
Our first dorkings of the year are chirping merrily away in their brooder. Almost all of them hatched on their own with absolutely no help which is the way I like it. About five chicks needed help. These stragglers took so long to get out of their eggs that the egg membrane died and stuck to them making it impossible for them to move.
It’s very easy to help a chick hatch. You just gently break the egg shell and remove it bit by bit. I put warm water on the dried membrane and rub it Read More
My favorite blog, Fresh Eggs Daily posted an article today about making homemade suet for your chickens. I’ve vaguely heard of Suet, but never really paid attention to it and basically just thought it was a “treat” for chickens who are pets and spoiled by their owners. But suet is not just for pampered chickens! Or at least all chickens should be pampered in this way.
Suet, if you didn’t know like I didn’t, is just raw beef or sheep fat (or I suppose it could probably be fat from another animal too). It can be used for making candles or even as an ingredient in certain food recipes.
But we care about Read More
The chickens are finally laying well now that the days are lengthening again and the geese are starting to court each other. Spring is on the way! And that means one thing. Babies!!!
The best part of farm life is the babies. Baby chickens and baby geese and adorable little baby ducks and baby goats and baby pigs and even baby wild animals like quail and Killdeer. I can’t wait to see baby killdeer even if they ARE shorebirds that aren’t supposed to be in the desert. How much cuter can a baby get?
Anyhow, we have the incubator turned on and Read More