We started our herd in 2017 With two adorable baby does, who we now call Peaches and Star. We chose the Nubian breed for their milking capacity and their long puppy dog-like ears. Our girls are very sweet and tame - they love to be pet and scratched behind the ears. We are expecting kids in late spring and looking forward to puting these lovely ladies in dairy production. A $100 deposit reserves your kid. See what we have available below.
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In nature, honeybee hives split in two at least once a year. This is called swarming. The existing queen leaves for a new home with half the honeybees to start a new colony. They honeybees left behind will feed a larva some royal jelly and raise up a new queen in her place. On the farm, we do that artificially before they swarm.
We have recently added two new additions to our farm. We will now be herding Nubian goats to raise for dairy products. We purchased two young doelings from King's Rock Farm, which has high quality stock. They have some champions on both sides of the family tree. The one on the left is Country Music Star and the right is Peaches N Cream. Next year they will be bred and start producing milk.
Maggie, the Old English Game hen, hatched five eggs on Mother's Day. Maggie is black and the father is splash, so the babies are all blue, as in blue slate gray. She went missing for a couple days, and we found her int he barn on a nest she hid under the tiller attachment. We brought her and the eggs into the house in a rabbit nesting box to brood in safety. I mentioned the color splash before. It is a light gray color with streaks of black.
We are pleased to offer for sale new, clean, professional-looking egg cartons willed with the usual rainbow-colored eggs. They are made out of PET, which is the same material soda bottles are made of. This packaging allows the shopper to see the eggs all around without handling them. It is also very sturdy to reduce damage. These cartons are 100% recyclable, or you can return them to be refilled by us. The best recyling is reuse.
No... Not Easter. After a well deserved holiday break, our chickens have started laying again. You will start seeing our distinctive sign outside again soon. As you see in the photo, we have many different colors of eggs* available. This is because we have different breeds and there is some individual variation as well. The dark brown hens lay the "regular" brown eggs. The white hens with black tails lay the lighter brown and peach eggs. The golden hens lay the blues. And we have one copper colored hen that I expect to get a very dark brown egg out of someday.
We are very pleased to offer a great new product this year - duck eggs! You may have noticed our pair of Pekin Ducks waddling around the yard. Their names are Walter and Louise. Louise is the one with the loud quack. Walter just whispers. (It's a duck thing...) When they aren't in the kiddie pool, they like to dig up the grass looking for worms. Louise started laying eggs last month and has been laying through all this cold, dark weather. As it turns out, ducks are better about the cold than chickens are.
Since he was getting along just fine, hopping out of the box at will and pooping on the floor, I decided to take full advantage of this beautiful day to turn Chamberlain loose upon the world once again. The rest of the flock didn't even seem to notice. I was expecting a large amount of chicken drama, but we all lucked out. Either the flock didn't realize he was gone, or they had been together for so long, they didn't have enough time to forget him yet. It's all good.
So the correct answer is, "Yesterday." That's when Chamberlain felt better enough to hop out of his box and run around the house. There was many errant poops involved. (Thank god for Clorox wipes.) He still sports a slight limp, but his left leg is much improved. Unfortunately, and for a variety of reasons, I don't think I can let him back outside just yet. The weather forecast will figure heavily into the decision-making process. I'll let y'all know. These things must be done delicately.
Our favorite rooster Chamberlain somehow got stuck in an awkward place in the chicken coop over night. As a result, his little tootsies got cold. Because he's my favorite, I brought him in the house and warmed him up in my lap, but his left foot seems weak. Until he feels better, he will convalesce in a cardboard box in the dining room. What's life like living with a rooster in the house? How early will he start crowing? When will he get out and poop on the floor? Stay tuned to find out...