Goings on for a Sunday morning.

Pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea, whatever your pleasure, and sit a spell.  it’s Sunday. Just a little summary of the farm family goings on. First we have the Hippie Chicks and the Guinea Hens.  Not much going on there.  They basically do their own thing, expect treats and mind their own business..except the guinea hens are nuts.  Every night the Hippie Chicks tuck themselves into bed in the Hippie Chick Inn and the Guinea Hens are all over the place.  I have to bribe them with mealworms to get them inside. (maybe they aren’t that dumb??) Then we have Mo the mini donkey and Thunder the mini horse.  They are a team with Thunder leading the way.  They also control the barnyard.  They go where they want and do what they want and everyone lets them.  Right now Mo is mad at me.  I’m not sure why…

Reasons

I’ve been a bad, bad blogger.  I’ve been MIA.  I told myself that I wasn’t going to do this, just disappear for days, weeks with not even a hello, or a goodbye.  I’m so ashamed.  But… and there is always a but… I have had good reason.  Well several good reasons actually. Reason #1. My son Kristopher is playing Rugby and he just celebrated his 18th birthday. He is my youngest and a darn good Rugby player! After every game both teams get together to share a meal, so I’ve been cooking lots and lots of pasta! 4 pounds of baked ziti! Reason #2 The weather is just starting to warm up, the snow is gone and I can finally get outside in my gardens.  They needed to be raked, cut back, fertilized and readied for planting. I made rooting hormone using willow branches I planted my cold weather crops like…

A day in the sun!

The weather in my part of town has been pretty dreary lately.  It is January after all so I expect the snow and because it is New England I even expect the freezing cold.  But what we have been getting is rain and fog and mud.  Lots and lots of mud. Lots and lots of mud.  Oh, and poop. Today the sun came out for a little while and it was actually pretty warm so I grabbed the opportunity to let everyone out to play. First I took the Goatee Girls out for a walk and then I let them hang out in the back yard for a few hours.  It is all fenced in so I don’t have to worry about them wandering off.  I even gave them our Christmas Wreath to nibble on. Pip is exploring I think I even got a smile from Dutchess! Bambi enjoying the…

Our Farm Family

Our Farm Family is growing.  What started with six little baby chicks in April has now evolved into 9 chickens, 1 rooster, 1 swiss mountain dog and 4 goats.  If that isn’t enough there is a good chance that one of the goats is pregnant and due in March.  Little kids… and I’m keeping them!! I thought maybe you folks might enjoy seeing a few pictures of the crew.  Again. 🙂 You’ve seen Dutch once or twice but I don’t think you’ve seen his fancy ear-do. I had to throw this in here because it just cracks me up.  He’s trying to look all serious but then his ear just makes him look so silly!  Poor Dutch is having a hard time with all these new friends on the farm.  He is still just a puppy and although he is extremely good natured around everyone he just wants to run…

Frank

Meet Frank. FRANK Frank is the newest addition to our ever growing farm family.  He is a rooster. Let me make this perfectly clear to you, I did not want a rooster. Roosters are aggressive, smelly, noisy and they fertilize eggs.  I was happy with my girls and they seemed happy with me.  Life was good, why rock the boat? Until one day this past weekend, I was outside minding my own business when my son hands me his phone.  He tells me it is his friends mother and she wants to talk to me.  I thought this can not be good, somethings up.  Sure enough, Frank was up.  She has chickens and she has a rooster named Bob.  Well last week Bob went missing.  They couldn’t find him anywhere and because she free ranges her flock she thought he had either wandered off or fallen victim to an attack.  So in comes Frank,…

Cleaning the Poop from the Coop!

So here’s the deal. On monday, wednesday and fridays I like to freshen up the coop.  House cleaning service comes in, gives it a good scrubbing and leaves a present on the pillow.  I like to use Thieves Household cleaner because it is a great nontoxic, biodegradable, cleansing solution that uses theraputic-grade essential oils as a germ-killer and disinfectant.  It is documented to kill over 99.96% of bacteria.  It is made with cinnamon, cloves, rosemary, lemon and eucalyptus.  It smells oh so good and it will not harm my little baby girls. Sounds like a commercial doesn’t it! So first thing I do is poop scoop.  Then I give everything a good scrubbing.  I  clean their waterer and then fill it with fresh water mixed with apple cider vinegar.  I only add the ACV once a week usually on fridays.  Then I head inside the coop to fill their nesting…

Heavenly herbs

As the days shorten and the temperature cools, my herbs are constantly being cut back in the hopes that I can keep them going just a little bit longer.  I’m drying and freezing as fast as I can.  Basil is being churned into pesto almost daily. Lavender and russian sage transformed into potpourri and others are bundled waiting to add rich aromas to an open fire this winter.  I love herbs more then anything else I grow. I just love me a basket of herbs This spring I claimed part of the small barn as my potting shed.  It is home to my ever growing collection of pots, baskets, seeds and bird nests. It also makes a great place to dry my herbs.  It is warm, dry, dark and it has great ventilation. My beloved potting shed I find mid morning is the best time to head out to the…

The Incredible Edible Egg!

The Hippie Chicks have just started earning their keep and supplying us with fresh eggs.  I have to admit that I am a total newbie and never really gave eggs a thought before.  They have just always been something that was found in our Easter baskets and refrigerator.  Used for breakfast omelets, boiled, fried, scrambled and baked into cookies and cakes.  I have never been a big fan of them.  I’d much rather have pancakes or waffles, yogurt or cereal, muffins and fruit.  Until this morning that is, when I tasted fresh from the chicken eggs for the first time.  The difference is amazing!! The hubs on the other hand has always loved the things.  Any way you cook them he eats them.  The boys are the same way… crazy about eggs.  Eggs are high in protein and one of a few foods that contain Vitamin D.  They are all natural,…

Chicken Trivia and Tips

Did you know the yolk is actually the food source for the developing chicken?  I didn’t either. I always thought it was the baby chicken.  Chickens have ears!  Yes indeed and if a chicken has red ear skin they usually lay brown eggs and if they have white ear skin they lay…well…white eggs. A group of chickens is called a flock. Chickens don’t eat at night or in the dark because total darkness makes them go into a kind of trance making them easy targets for preditors.  This would be a good time to grab a flashlight and head out to the coop for a little chick check.  It’s much easier to make sure they don’t have any health issues that may need to be addressed. Which reminds me – you should always have a chicken first aid kit on hand just in case. Not sure what to put in…