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Archive for April, 2016

We have had the most warm and sunny spring days, and one hen simply refuses to enjoy them. She sits in a corner of the chicken barn, screaming at me whenever I pick her up and put her outside.

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I have tried everything I could think of, everything I read on the internet, but she has refused to stop sitting in her corner, dreaming of babies.

Well yesterday her luck changed. A neighbour was over, and at one point in our conversation, he actually asked if any of my hens ever went broody.  I couldn’t keep the smile (or maybe it was a grimace) off my face.  “Yes,”  I said, “I have a broody hen right now”.

I don’t need or want any more chickens, but he had fertilized duck eggs he wanted hatched.  Today he showed up with a gift for my broody hen.

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Eight beautiful duck eggs.

I got right to work setting up the maternity ward.

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I gently placed the eggs,

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then gently placed the hen (as gently as possible while she was screeching and pecking at my hands).

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She looked at me as if to say “Finally you figured out what I wanted.”  As the day went on I removed two of the eggs.  She kept pushing them out, and I think maybe eight were just too many.  Two too many, I hope.

So time will tell if she continues to sit, and if the eggs hatch.  If she isn’t going to get out any enjoy the sunshine she might as well sit on eggs.

Emma is enjoying the warm, sunny days.  She loves to cool off in the pond.

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Olivia tries to stay awake while resting her big baby belly.

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Cotton doesn’t even attempt to open her eyes, she needs all the rest she can get before her lamb(s) arrive.

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And so we wait.

We watch and we wait, for lambs, calves, and maybe Indian Runner ducks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There is a lot happening on the farm these spring days.

I spent hours preparing the wool for processing.  I spread each fleece out on a big table and pick out as much of the hay, twigs, burrs, and anything else I can find that shouldn’t be there.

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Then it gets rolled into a big ball and stuffed into a bag.

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Then the bags get loaded into the truck and I drive them to the local lady who will clean, card, and process them into batts and rovings for me.

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The small field has been disked in preparation for re-seeding.

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The big field has been harrowed in such a beautiful way it looks like a work of art.

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I can’t take credit for any of the field work, this was all done by Brother Tom and his good friend Massey Ferguson.

Yesterday evening all the farm critters happened to be in the same space at the same time, just outside my front door.

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Today was the perfect day for the first paddle of the year.

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It felt very good to be back on the lake. We weren’t the only ones either.

The loons are back.

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So beautiful.

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We caught turtles sunbathing on the logs.

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Sister Mary seemed to be enjoying herself too.

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We also heard and saw the sand-hill cranes in the meadow on our walk this morning.

Tonight as I sit here writing this post, I am serenaded by the chorus of frogs down by the pond and the calls of the geese as they fly over on their way to the lake.

It is a wonderful time of year. Enjoy!

 

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It has been awhile since my last post.  It’s time to catch up.

Spring is here.

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The crocuses have come and gone, and the wild flowers are showing up.

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We did a controlled burn to get rid of some of the dry grass.

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It was quite an experience, even a controlled burn can be scary at times.

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It all went well though, and after only a week I can see the new green grass peeking through.

The sheep got very fat and woolly over the winter.

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That can’t be all wool, there must be a baby or two in there.

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The Shearer arrived and the wool came off.

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One down, three to go.

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Once the wool came off, if was easy to see they were all pregnant.  There will be lambs on Morris Brook Farm again.  Jack had to get a closer look to make sure these were the same sheep he usually hangs out with.  They looked a little different to him.

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Today was warm and sunny, a perfect day for a walk.  It’s getting a little warm for Odin though, he wades in every pond and creek we come across.

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On our way home we came across the cows enjoying a leisurely afternoon.

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We are expecting three calves this spring too.

The sheep were busy grazing, feeling a little cooler with their new look, and off in the distance – home.

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