Homesteading

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Our first hatchling!

Our first hatchling!

Tempered by the grief that has blanketed our poultry experiences over the past several months... And bolstered by the never ending hope that exists within day to day farm life and our absolute trust in the goodness of the Earth... I am so very excited and incredibly proud to introduce the very first chicken chick to hatch on Ever Growing…
And so we wait…

And so we wait…

I kid you not, we'd just put her on the cull list. With wonky, inconsistent eggs and a perpetual┬álimp (for no good reason) we figured she could provide a nice stock since she's beyond her prime for straight eating. And then she goes and does this. I swear she must've heard us and decided to pull her weight in new…
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…
Seven Kids in 14 Hours

Seven Kids in 14 Hours

Whew...they say things come in waves...and in threes...and so, boy do I have a story for you! As the title alludes, we had seven kids born within 14 hours here this weekend...Saturday afternoon thru Sunday morning. Lucy started showing signs of labor late on Friday evening. Pawing a bit, begging for pets, and lying real still. Saturday morning brought us…
Kidding Prep

Kidding Prep

We've got three extension cords running the property to power the baby monitor and a shop light down in the Goat Barn... The Emergency Care Bin down in the Garden Shed (which is right next to the goat's yard)... And clothes, jackets, hats, and headlamps all laid out on the Dining Room table. We're checking vaginas and udders, pin tendons…
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…