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Sunday Ramblings

I don't really have anything specific to say, I just feel like talking to you folks! I put my first batch of duck eggs in the incubator last weekend, and another batch in today. Three more weeks until our first ducklings! I can't wait! The above picture were some from last year's hatching, swimming in their "new" pond, which we really need to finish once the ground is hard enough to get the backhoe over there again. I do need to clean up a space in the sewing room to set up their brooder, but I've got three more weeks. *wink* I think I am going to start a load of chicks in the incubator, too, so baby chicks are coming too! Yay for baby season! (Don't forget we have 19 lambs on the farm, an

We Are Not Vegetarians

That's probably pretty obvious. I post ads on Craigslist sometimes. I think I've found a few new customers that way, it's free, and so I do it. Not too long ago, someone lambasted me via my craigslist ad for how high my lamb prices were. This individual took the energy to make a fake gmail account just to tell me this. I posted my response to that email here. So I got another one last night. From Rebecca Boyce: "How can you raise those precious animals and then kill them to eat them!!! Here was my response to her. I really presume you are not at all interested in a response. I am not a vegetarian. I raise these precious animals myself, and I process them myself, because I know they have had

The Farm Has Broken Our Backs

We are coming up on our 10 year anniversary of living on the farm. 10 Years ago we were 33. Why does that suddenly sound so young? Anyhow, we didn't start at 23. The irony is that we would have had boundless energy, but we never would have had the funds to afford land and water. At 23, I did purchase my first house. The sale of said house was what gave us the down payment on the farm. So 2007, we moved onto the farm. All types of vim and vigor got is head over heels into farming. We've tried chickens, turkeys, guineas, sheep, steer, orchard trees, greenhouse veggies, raised bed veggies, fruits, pumpkin patches, cover crops, etc. OY. We ended up being successful with the animals, and not at

Mastitis

We've been raising sheep for 10 years now, and just got our first case of mastitis. Mastitis is an infection in the udder. Any nursing mammal can get mastitis, even humans. Sometimes caused by a plugging of the udder that doesn't allow milk to drain, it can get infected. My research over the weekend showed that this can be more common in ewes with multiple lambs. Yup, it's Sharon, our mom of triplets. Sharon has always had triplets. This is her first year of being able to feed them all. We watched her so closely for the first 3-4 days to make sure all babies were thriving and eating. All seemed to be going so well with her. Fast forward to last week. I noticed one night that one side of her

Saying Goodbye to Cindy

Each year, we save a ewe or two from that year's lambing to increase our flock size or replace lost ewes. It's not common, but there can be things that happen where we lose a ewe we weren't expecting to lose. Usually injury or illness. We do have some criteria where we determine who we might cull. Ewes that are bad mothers, consistently give small lambs, or skip breeding seasons altogether are ewes we don't want to keep. A history of lamb abandonment, stillborn lambs or birth defects can put them on the table for culling. Sometimes we make this decision, often with a heavy heart, as it is difficult to say goodbye to our mama ewes. Aside from our dogs, we have long relationships with these l

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