Farm Photo Friday

Our daughter’s wedding last Saturday was beautiful, although not without some stressful moments.  It was an outdoor wedding and it RAINED!  We had rented a large tent at the last minute because of the forecast for rain, and it did rain off and on up until about an hour before the ceremony, but then the sky cleared, a little sun broke through, and we were able to have it outside as planned.  We armed the ushers with towels and they got all the seats dried off just as the first guests arrived.  So now we are getting back to normal, and I want to share a few photos of what’s going on here this week.

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The pigs have been thoroughly enjoying all the leftover food from the wedding.  They’ve had cake, potato salad, buns, fruit and even beer!  Yeah, they liked that a lot, and then they went in their house and slept for a long time.

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Scout hanging out while I do evening chores.  I love the light this time of year.

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The ducks don’t rest much, they seem to be on the move constantly, even at night.  I hear them at all hours of night quack quack quacking their way around the yard.

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The asters are looking lovely.  We used some of them in the wedding.  Not much else is going on in the garden, except eggplant, peppers, basil and a little okra.  I keep thinking one day, ONE DAY, I will have an abundant garden that will feed us year round.  Must really work hard at that next year.

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One of my pretty little New Hampshire Reds.  They’re laying well and hopefully will keep us in eggs all winter.

You may be wondering why you rarely see any pictures of my goats.  Well, they’re always all over me when I try getting some shots of them and that just doesn’t work too well.  My son is coming home from college this weekend, so I may bully him into helping me set up a goat photo shoot HA!

Molting

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Well, fall is here and it’s molting time.  I’ve actually only noticed a couple of the Delawares molting so far, but they are looking rough!  They’re very quiet and keeping to themselves, as is characteristic of a molting hen.  As they lose their feathers starting at the head and working toward the tail, they regrow new ones.  This can be quite painful for them, the reason they tend to keep to themselves.  It’s best to avoid handling them if possible during this stage.  Regrowing feathers takes a lot of energy and nutrients, so hens will slow down or stop laying during this period, which usually lasts from 7-8 weeks.  These hardworking girls appreciate a bit of extra protein during molt.  You could provide this by switching to a grower ration, offering black oil sunflower seeds, tuna, peas, beans, or even cat food.  Within a few weeks, they’ll be fully feathered and looking lovely again!

Farm Photo Friday

A super busy week….our oldest daughter, and the other half of our soap making team, is getting married next Saturday, and as we’re acting as our own wedding planners, that requires a lot of time and preparation.  In addition, many of our family from Iowa are flying or driving in, so we’ve been getting this place in top notch shape for guests.  The yard and gardens were on the agenda this week, top to bottom housecleaning this weekend, and early next week the barns get a good cleaning, the goats get a pedicure, the horses get a nice trim.  Everyone must look their best.  I’m a big foodie, so I’ve been working extensively on menus and food prep, and am very excited to have them all for a farm-to-table outdoor dinner with food we’ve raised or bought locally to show our appreciation for the effort and expense they’ve put forth to attend the wedding.   It’ll start with wine/beer and a selection of cheeses, some of my own goat cheese included, followed by smoked chickens (home grown), a variety of seasonal vegetables and homemade bread, and finishing with an apple cake.  But anyway, here’s what’s been going on this week:

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Bobcat doing what he does best, supervising.  He’s my garden buddy and finds a nice shady spot where he can watch me sweltering in the sun pulling weeds.

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Yeah, the ducks aren’t on my good side right now.  They’ve pretty much chowed down through the kale in my fall garden AND have moved their nest and I can’t find their eggs anywhere.

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And what the ducks didn’t get, the cats have finished off by rolling in that nice garden dirt.  A fence around the garden is on the agenda.

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The only thing going on in my garden right now is eggplant and peppers.  Why do we call it eggplant?  Aubergine sounds so much more sophisticated.

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Pigs… well… they eat like pigs!   They absolutely love goat milk to the point they start snorting, squealing, grunting and running the fence as soon as they see me head to the barn to milk every morning.

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I’ll be taking the week off blogging next week as we enjoy time with family and celebrate our daughter’s wedding.

Have a great weekend!

Farm Photos

Today I want to share a few photos from my farm, some old, some new.  I hope you enjoy them.  Maybe this will become a weekly theme for me, farm photos on Friday, or something like that.

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Eggs from my chickens.  Getting about 8 a day now.

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It’s time to start planning for next year’s kids already.  This little fella from a couple years ago was so darn cute!

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No farm would be complete without mouse patrol!  I have 6 excellent mousers who keep everything under control.

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This is one of my Barred Rocks.  Not my favorite breed of chicken and I’ll tell you why in an upcoming post.

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Yes, I have to include one of my horses, for I wouldn’t be me without a horse in my life.

Have a great weekend!