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I’m going to attempt to get you caught up on what happened on the farm during the second year of the pandemic and do it before the end of 2021.

These things may not be in chronological order but will have happened this year! Some stories may not have the correct photo with them but will pertain to that subject.

In hopes of doing a better job in 2022 please let me know what you are interested in and include all aspects of farming and running a home. We live on a 500+ acre farm raising beef cattle and at least half of the farm in timbered.

At the moment we have 65 head of cattle with 50 to calve in March through May. We only have six chickens at the moment with deaths due to old age and varmints. The farm keeps four bulls to sire each group of cows I only have one crippled duck at the moment, and she was crippled when we got her and her name is Daisy. There are three dogs on the farm including Sadie, and two coon hounds, Butch and Mischief.

This is my Daisy! We got her a couple years ago along with five others, but varmints got all but her!!!
Mischief when we first got her, she is now complete gray/white on her face and really showing her age but still loves to hunt. She is Eddie’s training dog and keeps Sadie and Butch on their toes when hunting.

My plan for the coming year is to build a varmint proof fence around the hen house, introduce 10-12 new pullets and raise 10-12 young chicks. The current henhouse is made of concrete block and quite winter proof for the hens.

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I want to introduce Bourbon Red turkeys which I will raise from chicks. If I raise them myself and spoil them then I shouldn’t have to worry about them leaving the farm with wild turkeys. We will have to build them a safe place from the varmints and night hawks and owls. That will probably be a one day project and I have to do some pondering as to where it will be located. I want to try to keep all of the fowl in one location.

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Daisy, my crippled duck, is lonely and I think adding 4-6 ducklings to her house will give her company and hopefully she will teach them how to forage. I want to try to keep them close to the duck house, so they’ll leave me beautiful white eggs (for baking) in the duck house, and I won’t have to search for them daily. Once ducks start laying eggs, they’ll lay every day for a year if not traumatized. This will entail a new duck house because the weather is deteriorating the present duck house immensely but should take care of Daisy through the winter.

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Our dogs, the hounds, have warm igloo houses in the big barn. It shelters them from all weather and is quite cool in the summertime. Their beds are filled with hay in the wintertime for extra warmth. My elkhound is also a hunter and porch dog. She sleeps by my bed every night except in the summer and then she’s on the porch guarding us!!!

She’s grown into a beautiful adult Norwegian Elkhound!!

Enough about the plans for the animals, next post will be the start of the catchup for 2021.

Still Looking for Ducks

Donald and Daisy are the only ducks I currently have.

I’ve had these two ducks for almost three years and Daisy has given me beautiful eggs almost the entire time. She currently is in winter hiatus, I believe. I’ve been looking for more Pekin ducks for over a year with no luck.

Daisy lays beautiful large white eggs and I use them in all of my baking when I have them.

If I don’t find 3-5 more by spring I will raise some and hopefully the majority of them will be ducks and not drakes.

One duck eggs is equal to two large chicken eggs or three medium chicken eggs.

So spring will find me bringing new ducks, chickens and turkeys to the farm. With all this poultry and the greenhouse, I should be a busy but very happy farm girl!!

WILDLIFE everywhere!

It’s been coming and I didn’t even realize it!! The woods and fields are alive with new wildlife and new visions of what’s to come. During our evenings on the farm and the chores are done and supper is over we venture to our swing and chairs on the front porch overlooking almost one half of the farm. It’s quiet as we rarely have much traffic on our country road. We listen to the birds, cows calling for their young to come for supper, birds singing, rooster putting everyone to roost and the frogs croaking in the pond but mostly we listen to the quiet of our blissful life.
Yesterday evening just after sundown we were sitting and listening and looking. While watching the cattle on the mountain pasture we saw several mama deer nursing their twins in different side of the hayfield’s below the pasture. We saw five bucks browsing the pasture aside the cattle and you could tell they were bucks because their velveted black horns show up quite well now. Hubby had seen two different snapping turtles laying eggs in the grass along one of the streams that goes through the farm. We didn’t see but we heard a turkey hen in the tall grass in another pasture field to the right of the house. The pond in front of the house if full of baby bass and perch that have just hatched and the lawn is full of blue, yellow, white and black butterflies seeking nectar from the flowers in the yard. We heard a fox squirrel fussing at the dogs that are housed to close to his den tree which should be full of baby squirrels. We have two wild rabbits that are dutifully watching over their new nests of hairless babes covered with Mom’s pulled fur near the garden. The hummingbird population is growing and the honeybees are had at work.
The cherries are getting ripe. The blackberries and raspberries are full of bloom. The quince tree is full of tiny fruit as is the blueberry bushes. The asparagus and rhubarb continue to flourish. The apple trees were full of bloom earlier but the last freeze got most of that crop but we will persevere. The garden is filling with future winter stores. The asparagus just keeps producing. Life is good and we love the farm and living in the country.

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