Category Archives: Farm Animals

Caught In The Act

I went out to collect the eggs tonight in the dark. The days are so short now that if I head out just before dinner it is already dark, but I still gather the eggs and top off the animal … Continue reading

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..and BOOM, it’s winter.

Here in Michigan, we just got our first big dump of snow. Switch from rakes to shovels and from jackets to heavy coats. I was feeling pretty smug about getting ahead of the game on our winterizing chores, but now … Continue reading

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Fall Shearing

Over the last few weeks, I sheared, dyed, and carded the mohair from the two goats and am proud to say I have it all “done and dusted”, as my Irish friends say. This time, I did it all by … Continue reading

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Broody – Epilogue

My husband thought the foreboding ending of my last post implied that I’d killed off Broody. No! That is a step more hard-hearted than I can bring myself to be. I did take away all her eggs and have made … Continue reading

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Waiting for Chicks to Hatch

Remember Broody, my hen who was determined to sit on her eggs until they hatched? She has sat for at least three weeks now, glowering at anyone who dares to come close, and viciously darting her beak out to stab … Continue reading

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Mickey’s Back!

Technically, we have two barn cats, Emmie and Mickey.  Emmie is the sleek black one who visits with me about a third of the time that I go out to the barn. Mickey is a lot friendlier, but has gone … Continue reading

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Feeling Broody

This is a first for me. I have a “broody hen.” One of my black hens has taken to spending most of the day sitting in a nest box. I had assumed she was feeling defensive because she was molting … Continue reading

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What To Do With Excess

Our garden is producing very well this year. My husband has been making pickles galore, sampling lots of different recipes. I think he is tiring of the task and really, how many pickles can one eat? I found some big … Continue reading

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My Goat Sweater

I finished my sweater with the picture of Eddy and Ely on the front! It is very soft and fuzzy, as well as pretty heavy. Of course, it is made from the boys’ mohair, mostly from year two. I plan … Continue reading

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A Labor of Love

Farm animals can be a messy, dirty chore and you have to love them to keep up with it. My goats require attention once a month for their worm and lice prevention meds and hoof trimming. I read something recently … Continue reading

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Excited About a Sheep Festival

We’ve got a cool trip planned this summer. Somewhere, I saw an article about the Trailing of the Sheep festival in Idaho in October. It takes place across three towns, one focused on food, one on sheep and dogs, and … Continue reading

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Freezing Strawberries

Inexplicably, this year has been great for my little strawberry patch. I’ve been collecting about two quarts a night and it just keeps on giving.  In contrast, the asparagus is weak and sparing. I put straw on both of them … Continue reading

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Private Home

I’d like to introduce you to Terrence, the tree frog. He has taken up residence in a wren house that was unoccupied, and seems quite content to spend the day leaning on his little elbows and dozing in the breeze. … Continue reading

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A New Use for Mohair

My goats recently celebrated their third birthday. I love them dearly, but their hair is gradually becoming less soft and fluffy than it was when they were kids. I have to think carefully before I choose a knitting pattern because … Continue reading

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Spring Baby

I’ve just gotta share this little guy who I rescued from our window well. He sat still in paralyzed fear for a few minutes, long enough for a close-up, then slid off the deck into the rose garden. By the … Continue reading

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Loving the Sunshine

Spring is surely just around the corner! It’s 34 degrees out, but the sun is shining and the wind is blowing across the muddy fields and driveway and beginning to dry them out. The goats are starting to play with … Continue reading

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A Hard Decision

I love creating things, which is why spinning and knitting my goats’ mohair fiber is such a satisfying experience for me. One of my first big projects was to create a complicated sweater out of the white kid mohair that … Continue reading

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Vortex at Bluestem Pond

The whole Midwest is suffering under this year’s polar vortex, and we are feeling it here for sure. The temperature at 11 am has risen from 17 to 10 … (oh, that’s negative Fahrenheit, in case you didn’t know!) I’ve … Continue reading

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One Big Flock

I think I now have the correct formula for growing my flock of chickens without creating a riot.  It took a lot of patience. I had to keep the youngest generation protected in their box for a long time, or … Continue reading

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Here in Goatland

I sheared the goats last week, on an 80 degree day. They were panting out in the sun, and I figured they’d love to feel the cool breezes again. Of course, the next morning it turned cold and hasn’t really … Continue reading

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