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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…
Citrus Marmalade

Citrus Marmalade

I spent a good portion of the weekend making two batches of citrus Marmalade. . . Grapefruit Marmalade and Meyer Lemon Marmalade. . . And I couldn't be happier for it! See, it was quite serendipitous that Angi was offering some of her excess (completely delicious and organic) Meyer Lemons and Grapefruits at the same time I was learning about…
Muscovy Duck Cuddles

Muscovy Duck Cuddles

Who knew that Muscovy Ducks would become some of my very favorite critters on the farm?! Don't get me wrong, I have a deep affinity for the chickens and goats and turkeys and barn kitties and dogs, too!  But the ducks just have me feeling all warm and fuzzy these days :-) From their quiet nature (no squawking from these…
Breeding Season

Breeding Season

Breeding Season appears to have actually been made up of just a few short Breeding Days. . .at least for Mama and Lucy. . . Since Ricky's arrival, our three ladies have been in such a tizzy! Though in heat right before he got here, they all swiftly went back into heat and all had their peaks within days of…
Blue Eyed Buck

Blue Eyed Buck

So. . . This happened yesterday: Kim and I have talked at length about our next steps with this little herd of ours and the answer is that we have no definitive answer yet. We know we love keeping our three ladies. We know Mama is a pain in the ass on the stand. (We are still hopeful that will…