Farm Pigs

When All is Said and Done

We are finally done with The Great Pig Fiasco. We kept trying to make the best out of a bad situation, but in the end we had to step back and be done. Nothing was as “advertised” and a complete disaster. The docile pigs who “cuddled” and “came to their names,” were so stressed out …

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When All You Can Do Is Laugh

At the end of August we put a downpayment down on a ridiculous number of pigs (57 to be exact.) Several of them were pregnant and for some reason we thought this was a good idea. The plan was to pick them up at the end of September/beginning of October. Then we would try to …

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End of Chick Season

Our last batch of chicks just hatched, and since Mama Hens (two hens are Co-parenting) will raise them it’s time to start focusing on the next farm project. Over the past 6 months we have hatched over 100 chicks and bought 28. To some that sounds like nothing and to others it sounds like way …

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Just a few thoughts

When I was little, I wanted to be a vet. I loved animals and wanted them all. Then I volunteered at a vet’s office for a morning and a dog died. I realized then I didn’t want to be a vet. It wasn’t really the dog dying that made me realize it, but it was …

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Home Processing

This Saturday, we set about the hard task of processing, aka butchering, all our extra roosters. This was our first time and it was certainly a learning experience. We had hoped to get it finished quickly, but 26 roosters took us about 8 hours. (If TSC hadn’t given us roosters instead of the pullets I …

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Today is Hatch Day… again…

Today is Hatch Day… again… While the awe of watching a tiny little chick break into the world all on its own, the reality of having more chicks to care for is slightly overwhelming. We have never had this many chickens at so many different stages of life, and lets just say it is maddening. …

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Incubating Eggs, part 4: The Hatch!

Hatch Day is officially over! Everyone who is going to hatch is hatched. We have 18 more baby chicks! *Of the eggs we had left at day 18, only one didn’t hatch. It never broke the shell, so I candled it and there was no movement at all. It pipped into the air sack, but …

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Brooders and Chicks!

It has been a long time since we have had baby chicks around. The last time was the summer before last and they were raised by a mama hen, so we didn’t get to experience the joys of baby chicks in brooders. The last time I actually took care of baby chicks was the Spring …

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Incubating Eggs, Part 3

We made it to day 18! The day 10 candling confirmed that the all those Minorca, and two other eggs, did not develop. While I am disappointed, it might have been a good thing. While the Minorcas are supposed to do great in our climate, they are extremely flighty and annoying. So we decided we …

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