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. ūüėä

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The old days- I want them back

Every fall when we go to the mountains I am reminded of how simple life used to be and how complex we have made things now. As we hiked the old wagon trails¬†I¬†can’t help but wonder how it must have felt to get up with the sun and work and hunt the land for provisions. And of course after a long hard day off to bed at dark.

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No television, computers, cell phones, etc. for mindless distractions just family spending time working together, cooking together, and chilling around the fireplace in the evenings.

Sure the modern advances in medicine are a plus. It is heartbreaking to visit the old cemeteries and see rocks and pieces of slate with names of babies and young children carved in them that died of diseases we can heal so simply now.

The modern farming equipment is so very helpful too. And of course without technology I wouldn’t be writing this nor would you be reading it. ¬†Somewhere along the way though we lost sight of¬†the fact that working is beneficial for our mind, bodies, and soul. And that families cant help but¬†grow closer when they work together for their very survival.

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How did we come to rely so heavily on something and someone to do everything for us? I can remember just a few years ago when I was a child (ok maybe more than a few) at my grandmothers picking peas and other vegetables and watching all the women canning and freezing them. It was just what they did.

I also remember a time when everyone seemed to stop all that because the grocery stores made it all so convenient. Convenience took the place of healthy, homemade, gathering in the gardens and in the kitchens. And right about this time more and more women went to work outside the home. There is not a lot of time for home and family and a full-time job.   It became hard to make ends meet without a two income family.

Now we as a society have begun to realize that we are killing ourselves with our unhealthy habits. People are beginning to garden again even if it’s in pots on the porch. Young people are learning about home canning. Restaurants, even fast food chains, are beginning to offer healthier choices. It is all a step in the right direction. We as a country still have so far to go. I long for a¬†day when more¬†people¬†can step out their¬†doors and have all the food they¬†need right there. And those who can’t grow their own will realize how important it is to buy fresh from those who do. In two years I will be able to retire from the worldly rat race. I¬†hope¬†I can bring back some more old ways into our lives.

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Breakfast time: Calling all people, dogs and chickens?

So the cutest thing happened this morning as I called Mr. Cheese to breakfast. You will have to settle for my description because I didn’t have my camera. Because He and the dogs, and a bunch of the chickens were in the garden I walked out the back door and yelled, “food”! Within a second here comes Sara Lee the fit and trim lab running at full speed with Gracie, our chubby black lab, lumbering behind in the distance. Laughing, I say “well I don’t have to call you two twice do I? Now how long will it take Daddy?” Then, as if he hears me, he cranks up the Kubota and heads up with Dakota, the beagle, running behind. Then I see it. A little golden hen running behind Gracie as fast as she can, trying to keep up! By now I’m cracking up. Mr. C has pulled up laughing and we ask our little golden girl, ” Have you come for breakfast too?”
Now, my chickens recognize their feed bucket and they know where the food and scratch and other treats are stored. But this is certainly the first time one has come running to a breakfast call!
They are amazing and intelligent creatures and so much fun.

Our hope for the future: Chicken farmer in training

It has been said that every other generation will raise chickens. Our parents did not, but our grandparents did. Our children express no interest in raising chickens. Why should they? According to them,they have our eggs so they don’t need chickens. Our grandson however, is our hope for the future. He is our chicken farmer in training. We think he has a great start!Future chicken farmer!

Fun Chicken facts

Chickens are fascinating creatures. The picture here is some of our hens playing in the daily “river”. They love it. Here are just a few fun facts about these wonderful feathered friends!

1. Chickens love to play in the water.
2. Chickens are very social. They have dominant hens and roosters also known as the pecking order.

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Playing in the “River”

3. Chickens can understand, unlike young children, that once something or someone is taken away that it still exists. This may explain how they know exactly where my treats are kept!
4. The dominant rooster protects the hens and they graze near him for safety. Our roosters and hens have little flocks they seem to travel with.
5. Chickens have different calls that have specific meanings. They sound predator alarms, alert each other to where the food is, call the young, and even have a certain sound after laying an egg!
6. Chickens can recognize many other individual chickens.
7. Chicken mammas show empathy toward their babies.
8. Chickens also recognize humans. Mine hear our footsteps as we head toward them everyday and run to the fence and wait. When they see us, they start running and flying to get out.

My chickens give joy, beautiful eggs and lots of love. And I give them a great home, treats and lots of love too. Sounds like a good deal to me!