Ducks

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Shown, Unshown – May into June

Shown, Unshown – May into June

This post could have easily be called, "On remembering why we started". Though I microblog a lot these days, there are times I'm not sure how to even address the battles happening on the farm and within myself... And so I wait to find the right words at the right times to put in this space so as to properly…
I just couldn’t tell you another sad story…

I just couldn’t tell you another sad story…

It's been a rough spring on the farm! Let me tell you, keeping animals is hard. Like, daydreaming-of-throwing-in-the-towel hard. We've seen a lot of loss here in the past couple of months and so I, really and truly, just didn't want to tell you another sad story. So I didn't tell you when our fiercely independent mama duck (the one…
They’re breeding like…ducks?!

They’re breeding like…ducks?!

When Kitty set her clutch in January, I thought she was a bit off her rocker... But I rolled with it and let her do her thing, trusting her instincts over my human worry. When she hatched out nine of 15 eggs I thought that seemed about right given the temperature fluctuations and such, but what do I know? As…
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…