But just because we’ve been turned towards our family, doesn’t mean the farm hasn’t been clipping by at a swift pace. Let me catch you up to date.
- We have two broody leghorn hens. One should be hatching her clutch in a few days and the other in a few weeks. More chickens, but hopefully not more roosters. I think we’re up to seven or eight tormenting our lady-poultry.
- Speaking of roosters, we have a species-confused rooster that has claimed our entire flock of ducks as his harem and takes full advantage of his rights. Poor things have no idea what’s happening.
- This could be why the ducks have trampled down several fences (who knew about super-duck strength in numbers?) and are running amuck on the farm. They won’t stay in their paddock and we have to search EVERYWHERE to find their eggs. Ducks don’t usually go to a nesting spot, they just stop when the urge hits them, lay an egg and go on with their day.
- But the dogs love it. They find these eggs and could take on Old Yeller in an egg sucking contest. Their coats are beautifully shiny, but they have fleas. So Spencer gave them all a de-fleaing and bathed them since they were wet anyway with all this rain. Hopefully the fleas don’t take up residence in my house or on the goats.
- If they do get fleas we’ll have to buy a troop of monkeys to keep us parasite-free. I’m not bathing each goat. I’ve seen our chicks hanging out on the backs of our goats, but it would be something to have a monkey for each one. That would be so cool.
- Unfortunately our goats do not have monkeys, but they got a lot of loving last Saturday down in Buchanan at the Botetourt County Fair. We were asked to teach people where milk comes from (answer: mammals. Shocker, I know!) It was a blast, other than the constant rain. Lots of little kids learned how to milk our beautiful Alpine, Carrot and we sold some cheese and goat meat to their parents. We made new friends, contacts and even were scheduled for another event to teach a 4H group how to make cheese in November.
- By the way, if anyone wants to come see the farm, please ask. We’d be more than happy to show you how to milk, make cheese, or show off the baby goats (not so tiny anymore) and send you home with a farm gift as well.
- The fair was a nice way to celebrate our one-year anniversary. Yes, it has been one year since the dairy has been officially certified by the state. We have made it so far with very steep ups and downs and I hope we continue to keep on climbing for many more years to come.