21
Jun
2013

To Kill A Chicken.

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As I mentioned in my last post, it’s time to play catch-up on the blog. I hate getting behind, but it’s life. One moment I find myself in the midst of a string of quiet afternoons, and then next I just can’t find a minute to sit down at the computer and put two thoughts [...]

11
May
2013

Half-way.

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One-month old broiler chicks…you have now lived half of your life. That’s right, dig into that feed. You’re getting nice and fat. The chicks are looking a little less awkward. Their feathers have filled out and covered up most of those funky bare patches. But then again, they still have their oddities. Like this one. [...]

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29
Apr
2013

Awkward Chicks.

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Some of you may have seen this picture on Facebook a few weeks ago. These adorable little chicks are living in a movable house in our back “yard.” It’s a test project, to see if we might raise broilers at the farm. They are now just over three weeks old, and I think we could [...]

02
Mar
2013

Ok, I guess I’ve already informed you that our ladies are laying, but here’s a reminder, just because it’s so exciting! :) Here they are, milling about the chicken house. They are about 22 weeks of age, and they like to EAT! Last week’s egg total was 371, so obviously, in a house of about [...]

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01
Feb
2013

This afternoon when he woke from his nap, Elliot suggested we take a walk to the farm to see his Daddy, and all the animals. It didn’t take long to convince me. There are baby pigs and baby goats that are just adorable, and, also, I’ll admit that sometimes, it’s nice to mysteriously be MIA [...]

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27
Jan
2013

Piglets, and More.

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As promised in a previous post, here are a few baby pig pictures. There are six piglets altogether, and they are all doing well and already beginning to pack on the weight. These pictures were taken at almost two weeks of age. Mama pig and her babies have now taken up residence at our own [...]

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15
Jan
2013

Several months ago we started a small personal project involving pigs. Our neighbor had some bills to pay, and a few pigs to sell, so we talked it over and made a deal. Three sows for us, to be fattened and butchered by Christmas or New Years. The pigs stayed at his farm, since we [...]

03
Oct
2012

Little Chick-y Birds.

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Baby chicks. Aren’t they sweet? After our quick trip to the States in June, we came back excited to tackle the corn harvest and start on a new project – a chicken house full of layers. The harvest provided enough work to keep Jonathan and his guys busy, but the chicken house construction couldn’t wait. [...]

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22
Sep
2012

Maize harvest.

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Our days have been busy around here. Even before Mike and Cheryl arrived with their three awesome boys and multiplied the activity and food consumption in our little house dramatically, there was plenty to occupy our time. The main focus at the farm for the past few weeks has been harvesting the 18 acres of [...]

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17
Aug
2012

Evening Ride.

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It’s just a little Wednesday evening ride down the bumpy dirt road to the ever-expanding LID Farm. Elliot begs for these little trips, “Please, Dad, can we go to the farm?” His eyes dance with the thrill of the tractor, and the admiration of the guy who drives it. I’ve gotta say, I enjoy these [...]