Back in June our peahen took an interest in nest boxes on par with a vegan’s interest in the Whole Foods produce department. Eventually she selected her box. Over the next few weeks she lay three large, buff-colored eggs and then started setting. I was so excited. I looked up how long it took toContinue reading “Orphans, a farm life reality.”
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Anyone living in the gulf south knows how bad mosquitoes can be. This year, 2021, has been exceptionally wet. Besides the flooding, it’s resulted in an impressive squadron of hungry mosquitos. My signature summer scent is deet, and still I get bit. But my mosquito bites are nothing as bad as what the chickens suffer.Continue reading “Mosquito abatement”
Greeting from Monarch Waystation #31399
So much of the natural environment is at risk these days. The Earth is seeing the rapid reduction things from bees to glaciers and it often feels like nothing can be done. The entirety of the problem is too much for one person, one corporation, club, NFP, or government, but maybe if just one smallContinue reading “Greeting from Monarch Waystation #31399”
Peahen takes broody!
After only laying three eggs the peahen–we call her Mrs. Peackockles–decided to start the roughly 28 day hatching process. She’s also setting on a few turkey eggs that got laid in her nest. Fingers are crossed for a healthy delivery early as the 9th of August.
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It’s a small crop but it’s a crop.
Here’s an easy way to treat for mites in your flock.
Another Typical Spring week on the Farm
Ever notice how Nature never procrastinates? Other than a siesta during the heat of August, and a short breather in winter, Nature is in an explosive sprint to eat or be eaten, to reproduce or die out, and to otherwise keep farmers and gardeners scrambling to keep up. It’s the last week in May atContinue reading “Another Typical Spring week on the Farm”
Update on turkeys
If you read the recent post “Fragile…” you’ll be happy to know that the combined chicken & poult family is doing great. The chickens went to bed thinking they were chickens and woke up thinking they were turkeys. They all ended up with one hen. They had been divided so one hen had the twoContinue reading “Update on turkeys”
Fragile, but determined
Our turkey hens, usually excellent mothers, had to deal with a move in the middle of nesting season. As a result, they were forced to leave nests half full of their clutch–usually around 10 eggs for these hens–and start fresh in an unfamiliar coop. As a result they frequently changed nests, laying their eggs randomlyContinue reading “Fragile, but determined”