We bought our initial flock of ducks from the farm store 4 years ago. Four Indian Runner ducks and two Khaki Campbell ducks. With this group of six we ended up with four drakes (males) and two ducks (females). Ducks are quite different, in my opinion, from chickens. My ducks have been hand raised, starting … Continue reading And Then There Were 2…
While the world at large has gone through many changes within the last few months, my world on the farm has been dramatically dull. Rural America doesn’t change quickly, as can be seen in how people casually drive around looking at the cows in the field and waiting for the corn to grow towards the … Continue reading Tough Times
The entire planet seems to be on this virus lockdown. Going outside has been looked down upon, our government officials have told us to keep our kids at home and away from school. We have been told to not go to work if at all possible. Yet, I have seen a pretty normal amount of … Continue reading What are you doing?
If you've been reading my blog for a while or acutally know me personally, you know that I live in a wooded area. My home is surround on three sides by tall trees, lots of invasive honeysuckle (grrrr), wild prairie grasses, and lots of birds. The fourth side of my home has a cornfield and … Continue reading A Story About A Bird
I just finished reading Joan Didion's non-fiction book The Year of Magical Thinking. I had read it a few years ago and while I enjoyed it then, it meant a hell of a lot more to me now. It's about her life after her husband died of a massive heart attack while they were eating … Continue reading Cold
Fall has arrived...of course it came in with a wham. One day it was warm and summer-like and the next day it was cool and Autumn. The chickens are laying so many eggs that we can't keep up with the demand. I took two 18 packs to my cousins at a family birthday gathering a … Continue reading Fall Farm Update
The ducklings have reached the stage of life that I can now definitively tell whether they are boy or girl ducks. Man-Farmer was hoping for all boy ducks. For one specific reason only...no eggs. No eggs would mean that there would be zero possibility of any more ducks in his future. I had to burst … Continue reading Duck Tails
We have a pony on our farm. I have had many pets through the years, cats and dogs and birds and fish, but an equine pet was never on my list of "things to own in my lifetime." We moved to the farm when Zoe was two years old. The same age my dad was … Continue reading The Old Pony
I've made quite a few mistakes in the past week. I am confident in myself to publicly say "I've made a mistake"...or two. Or more Here they are... 1. The chicken was not eaten by a predator. Ducky MoMo was hiding in the hayloft. The same hayloft that we had canvassed four times already. But, … Continue reading My Mistakes
I'm missing a chicken. Well, I was missing a chicken, but then she was there. Smack dab in the middle of the flock. Then she was gone again. Nowhere to be seen when it's time to lock up the hens when the sun has gone down. Chickens will instinctually head to the chicken coop when … Continue reading Where’s Ducky MoMo?