It’s been a busy few months on the farm. These are a few of my favorite things…
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Meet one of seventeen new additions. This is Yellow Leader, the head of the Rebel Alliance (AKA our baby Pekin flock). She is the chosen one, and I am teaching her the ways of the force. She must bring balance and lead them all to victory against the Empire.
There’ve been phone calls, high school planning, and researching home school options for driver’s ed (Texas’ parent-taught drivers ed class). Here in the country, we don’t have the best reception, so I have to go outside to talk on the phone.
This is what making a phone call looks like at my house. Wherever they are, the turkeys come running. They find me. Every time. They also always seem to be in the middle of an argument with one another.
Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am, can you repeat that? My tukeys seem to be arguing amongst themselves.”
CSR, with a chuckle: “I know kids can be a handful.”
Me: “They sure can.”
Disapproving Turkey Demands Silence in His Yard
The broilers are nearing their graduation day (borrowing the term from Justin Rhodes). This came this week. And this. You know what that means. Our survival rate had been good (only lost one so far) with only about one week left until processing day. Our boys feed them their organic feed, then move the chicken tractor to fresh pasture every morning. We’ve used garlic and apple cider vinegar in their water to help keep them healthy, and we’re ahead of the expected food needs on the Red Broilers from Ideal Poultry. We feed pumpkin occasionally for the anti-parasite properties in the pumpkin seeds with organic veggies and greens to round-out their diet. They’ll have their own post with numbers and information by the end of the month.
Over 300 pounds of food later, they’ve gone from this to this.
We’ve had a new set of twins. Look at those fuzzy feet! Goat kids are so adorable.
And this one is Bofur. He likes to complain.
We’ve added an American Black Belly ram to our polyculture. Our oldest dubbed him Mountain Man. He gets along with our ewes, and we probably already have spring lambs on the way.
We had an unexpected, fall garden surprise.
Congratulations! It’s a zucchini!
On a sadder note, we had a death in our permaculture family. We lost one of the September goat kids (we think to a snake bite). We knew we were due a loss, but it’s still disheartening.
But we’ve also had airplane rides and awards…
And family dentist appointments (I’ll spare you the pictures). (:
All in all, LIFE goes on, here on the farm.
Congratulations! You made it to the end.
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