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
Farming is very existential.
Today, we put down one of our bloodhounds and we welcomed 60 new baby chickens into the world. Yes farming is very existential.
Existentialism is the idea that there are inescapable elements of human existence such as isolation, powerlessness, responsibility and death. These realities are things that we don’t want to face. We ignore the realities, lose ourselves in activities that make us forget reality and do whatever it takes to defend ourselves from acknowledging the truths of existence. Many of the issues people face are due to existential truths rather than what we therapists call the presenting problem. For example:
Loving involves pain
Life choices have consequences
We can’t Read More
Spring has been here and is gone and summer is going by quick. The garden is growing and we have tons of little babies running around. Our new flock of Cotton Patch goslings looks almost like a flock of full-size adult geese! They grow so fast you can almost see them change in front of your eyes. We’ve added some other endangered animals to our flock as well. One is the Dorking chicken. We’re particularly proud of this accomplishment because it took me over a year to track down a breeder and get eggs.
Dorkings are a very special — and very endangered — breed. They’re one of the first breeds of chickens that were domesticated Read More