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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…
Just for Fun – Slow Motion Chicken Antics Video

Just for Fun – Slow Motion Chicken Antics Video

I was given some apples yesterday by one of our local farmers which made the chickens so incredibly happy! Apples!!! In February?! WooHoo!!! While taking some shots for Instagram, I became enthralled with their behaviors and decided to take a slow motion video to try to capture some of their mannerisms in a way that could be looked at a…
Defective

Defective

We purchased a defective incubator and I am so heartbroken about it. Two days ago I shared my excitement around the two incubation processes happening on the farm and how the conversations around these processes with Ember have evolved. Two nights ago our incubator started losing temp rapidly. We googled what could be happening and reread the manual and finally…
Great Pyrenees Puppy

Great Pyrenees Puppy

Kim and I have talked, at length, about getting another Great Pyrenees puppy. Really, since before we even brought Akuna onto the farm, having two Great Pyrenees LGDs has always been part of the conversation. In the whirlwind that has been our lives over the past two years, though, it never seemed like the "right time" to bring another dog…
Don’t Count Your Chickens…

Don’t Count Your Chickens…

We all know the old saying, right? Don't count your chickens before they're hatched. And so, we've got 43 eggs cooking in our brand new incubator (as of last night) and are super curious to see how many actually hatch :-) Twenty days and counting! Also, if they all hatch (or even if most of them hatch) and you're local…