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Shown, Unshown – Marching into April 2017

Shown, Unshown – Marching into April 2017

I want to start off this post by thanking each and every one of you for your thoughts, prayers, and well wishes (whether spoken or left unspoken) as we've processed our losses. Your care, compassion, and intentions for us are all so deeply appreciated. I realize that the last couple of posts here have highlighted the grief we have experienced…
And then there were four…

And then there were four…

You guys. . . I've debated even writing about this because I'm still coming to terms with the rough patch we've hit with Kitty's clutch of ducklings. . . But in the interest of transparency and showing the reality that is farm life. . . As well as in simply documenting this journey of ours. . . I know it's…
Muscovy Ducklings!

Muscovy Ducklings!

Our March ducklings have officially arrived! Kitty, having sat on her clutch for the last 36 days straight (except for a few breaks to stretch her legs on the warmest days), was finally able to see her ducklings this morning! Knowing the day was near (we actually thought they'd hatch yesterday), we've been keeping a close watch on her behavior…
Shown, Unshown – February 2017

Shown, Unshown – February 2017

Shown Our newest member of the family has officially been named! Though it took us a full two weeks, calling out for suggestions, and so much discussion, we finally settled on the name Arco.  His full, official name is Arcoiris, meaning rainbow.  He's falling in nicely with everyone except Mr. who still isn't quite sure how he feels about having another boy…
Kitty’s Clutch of Twelve

Kitty’s Clutch of Twelve

I finally got some good photos of Kitty's clutch of 12 eggs and wanted to share them with you here! Such a good, protective mama she is, and all settled into Ricky's shelter where she'll wait patiently for her ducklings to grow and hatch. Because last weekend was so warm, she spent a good amount of time off the clutch,…
Shown, Unshown – January 2017

Shown, Unshown – January 2017

Shown I do believe Mama is officially pregnant!  How do I know without a blood test or an ultrasound? She's asking for love and letting me pet her again, with a passion :-)  She is usually very aloof, but we learned last year that this changes dramatically when she's pregnant. So, YAY! (Pretty sure Lucy & Ethel are pregnant, too,…
Loss & Hope – A Duck’s Tale

Loss & Hope – A Duck’s Tale

Two days ago, while doing the morning chores, it was discovered that we'd lost a duck to a predator. Feathers everywhere under The Grandmother Tree, a limp body in the acequia, scared siblings, and a missing momma. We were in a rush to leave the property with a sick toddler in tow, a day of juggling said, sick toddler and mandatory work…
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