Who we are

Who are we? What do we do around here? We are just a bunch of animal loving country folk. We have chickens, goats, ducks, dogs, cats, and lots of squirrels and rabbits running around. We plan to expand and add bees and dairy goats. Running a family farm is a lot of work but so rewarding. We just thought we’d share a little of us with you! We hope you enjoy this little clip. If you want to come see us send us a message. šŸ˜Š

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Chicksplosion

Spring has sprung and the chicksplosion has begun. Princess hatched her 5 chicks and since then we have 4 more hatch. We still have 3 hens sitting so more should be hatching in the next two weeks. Where we are going to put them all I just dont know! We expanded the nursery/grow out
area but may need to expand some more. We have been completely fascinated with the mamasĀ raising their babies. I have discovered that the “rules” of chick raising we so carefully followed all these years may not be set in stone. Just the other day one of our mamaĀ had a less than 3 week old out and about before 7:00 Ā on a chilly morning. We wouldnt have dared take a less than fully feathered chick out in below 80 degree weather. Mama knows best. We have watched as she clucks and leads them to scratch and forageĀ andĀ fly up and down to high roosts at a week old. We have watched her peck at them to get their attention when she needs to. And we have been treating them like fragile little beings. Again, Mama knows best.
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Ducks and then more ducks……..

We started with 4 beautiful Khaki Cambells, Donald and Daisy, Daffy and Dora. We grew very fond of those ducks. We put them in a hoop house coop with an attached run. We had enclosed on the sides most of the way up. It was not closed in on the top. They were out there since about 5 weeks old and although they can fly some they never tried to fly out. We made the mistake of thinking they couldn’t fly up and out. Last week I came home and found Daisy and Daffy in the yard dead. No sign of physical harm, just dead.  I found Dora’s feathers but never found anymore of her. Thankfully later that night I did find my precious Donald alive hiding in the azalea bush. He was scared but ok other than that. Our thoughts are that something must have scared them all to make them fly out like that. Our GSD (German Shepherd dog) Hemi thinks it is her job to herd the birds so we believe she did just that. Unfortunately they couldn’t  get back in the locked pen. We think they just had heart failure. As for Dora, once dead I’m sure she was fair game for any dog or other predators. Needless to say we were and still are heartbroken and Donald is lonely.

Waddle, waddle! This is how the 4 of them always were.
Waddle, waddle! This is how the 4 of them always were.

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Donald and Daisy
Donald and Daisy

On to the search for friends for Donald. I found someone who had Muscovy babies about 2 1/2 months old and adults about 6 months old for sale through a farm swap and shop. After going to see them I came home with 7 babies and 2 adult hens. One of the babies is a drake. Now normally after bringing home a new bird of any kind they would be quarantined for about 6 weeks but since I was only left with Donald I just didn’t see the point. So I put them in with Donald and opened the carrier they were in and watched and waited to see what would happen. Slowly they came out and began to explore. The hens which I have named Delilah and Della picked at Donald a little that afternoon but for the most part they seem to be getting along just fine.

One of the babes, Daphne, and Delilah
One of the babes, Della, and Delilah

Now that we know domestic ducks can fly better than we thought we don’t want to lose anymore so it’s on to putting a roof on the run before dark! Why do anything early when you can procrastinate right? I don’t know what y’all call it but in our neck of the woods we call it rednecking it you throw something together like that. So that’s what we did. We used the nylon type chicken wire because it is easy to handle and slapped it up there in such a way that we can it can take it down easily and replace it with a more sturdy permanent wire. But for now this should last a pretty decent amount of time.  The best part is they are fully enclosed and can only get out when I am there to supervise. And that is a huge relief.

Got the run completely covered
Got the run completely covered

We learn something new with these animals everyday. The farming/country life has its disappointments but the advantages far outweigh them. So we live and learn and carry on!

Ducks ducks and more ducks and what’s next?

Now that we branched out and finally got the ducks we are totally addicted. They are absolutely adorable and so much fun to watch. Eight weeks ago we bought 4 Khaki Campbell’s. We haven’t figured out which sex they all are but at least 2 are loud quackers which is a sign of a hen. I can’t see any physical signs of a drake or male, yet. I’m anxiously waiting for that first duck egg! From what I read they are a good bit larger and taste richer.  I’ll let you know when I find out.  I’m ready now to get some more ducks. We would like to add dairy goats and bees. Farmer Cheese loves bacon and I did see where someone had pigs for sale the other day, hm. He thinks a pig would be a pet, not food. I wonder what gave him that idea? šŸ˜‰ Oh well look out world we might not get a pig, but goats and bees you’re next!

Ducks, ducks ducks!
Ducks, ducks ducks!