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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…
On Eating and Incubating Eggs with a Three-Year-Old

On Eating and Incubating Eggs with a Three-Year-Old

I've spent a lot of time thinking about Ember's ability to mentally process the fact that some eggs are for eating and some eggs are for hatching and what that really means for all eggs. At three, she's developmentally at a point in which she questions everything, which is both invigorating and exhausting. She challenges me to think about my…
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…
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…
Deep Gratitude

Deep Gratitude

We spent some very intentional time with The Boys over the last few days...watching them, playing with them, feeding them grain...thanking them. Thanking them for their lessons... For their beauty... For their grace. Thanking them for stepping into our lives and showing us another piece of ourselves in this grand puzzle that is our journey. : : : : : …
Muscovy Ducklings – All Grown Up

Muscovy Ducklings – All Grown Up

All grown up and completely gorgeous, our Muscovy ducklings are no longer ducklings! Instead, they're trying to fly all over the garden and eating us out of house and home with their love of and obsession for chicken scratch as a snack! So, I've been joking on social media that it's time to send them to freezer camp... but it's…
After the Rains

After the Rains

It's such a balance, the hoping for rains while also being very aware that any rains that fall while we're away from the property have the potential to trap us out of the Village and away from our home and animals. Up until this weekend, we'd been lucky. Last year, though the arroyo flooded multiple times, we were always able to…