Monday, February 27, 2017

The Birds! The Birds!

We can't have roosters, and while there are a lot of benefits to having one, we do okay with an all girl flock. There's always a head hen to keep everyone in line; chickens have a very complicated pecking order (see where that expression came from?) The biggest benefit to our flock in having a rooster would be in keeping the girls safe from predators. The other day, I heard an indignant squawk, and I turned around to find one of my hens staring down a chicken hawk that had landed on the ground in front of her. I don't know who was more startled, me, Beatrice, or the hawk! While I wasn't too worried this time - the hawk was about half the size and weight of my chicken - there are other very real threats to my flock we have to look out for.

Remember these guys? The sassy Leghorn, and the perpetually thwarted Chicken Hawk?

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Some days, I get discouraged

I just got back to the farm after being called away for a couple of weeks. It was weird being away for so long. I didn't need to get up and feed the critters. I didn't spend any time logging egg counts, or making notes on seed starts. I didn't water anything, prune anything, or mulch anything. I had so much free time, I didn't know what to do with myself.

It was great!

For about two days.

Then, I just missed the craziness of our homestead.

I've been back for a couple of days now, and I realize there's one thing I didn't miss: my own too high expectations. I have so many goals for our little homestead - too many to reasonably make happen - and then I get angry with myself when I can't meet them.

So if you're me, or if you're a homesteader, or a stay-at-home mom, or a writer, or a farmer, or a parent, or just someone who gets discouraged when you can't get it all done, I made this video for you.



Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Employee of the Month: February

February Employee of the Month
is....

Miss Percy!

Congratulations to the little rooster that wasn't!


This little bit of sweetness started out her career 
on the farm as our tiniest fluff nugget!


Even as a tiny chick, Percy had a bucket list of hopes and dreams.

Growing quickly through the awkward teen phase of chickenhood, Percy rapidly established herself as head chicken of the flock. Her dominant nature, combined with her majestic red comb made us wonder if this chicken was, perhaps, a rooster! Oh, dear!


Check out that majestic hood ornament! Any rooster would be proud to wear that crown!


And those stunning feather patterns! So posh! So artsy!

But...
We can't have roosters on the farm! 
Oh, no!
What shall we do about Percy?


21 weeks and 5 days after we brought her home...
Percy the maybe rooster laid the farm's first egg!


Pretty soon, Percy's peer pressure payed off, and all the girls started laying. 
Positively perfect, Percy!


And so 
because of your initiative in laying the first egg, 
your positive, can-do attitude about laying eggs all winter, 
and your daily attempts to roost on the top of the barn door in spite of the 
fact that we constantly try to thwart you, 
we are naming you, 
Miss Persistence Wilfried, 
employee of the month.