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Hmmmm, where to begin? Chickens Last time I spoke of the chickens, I think the new chicken coop had just been completed. Unfortunately, that coop suffers from some major design flaws, the biggest of which is that it is simply too small for 30 chickens to roost in comfortably. The ladies solved this by some […]

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It’s been a while is a bit of an understatement, but so is my excuse… We’ve been busy. The Whiskey Jar has been an absolute success, but that dilemma of plenty left Will with little time for anything else, sleep included, so the farm went on the back burner this season. I spent the year […]

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Last night I checked the sheep at 7 PM and there was no sign of anything.  When Will rolled in at 2 AM, there were two lambs in the field, standing and walking and such.  Given the rain and cold, we were concerned about whether they’d survive the night, but tired was outweighing responsibility and […]

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So it turns out I had my sows mixed up.  It was Wilma who successfully gave birth, not Betty.  A week later, Betty gave birth to two piglets, one was dead when we found it, and the other seemed fine.  Since, according to our vet, it takes at least four piglets to sustain a pregnancy, […]

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Ok, so last year didn’t go so well.  I get it, we were rookie shepherds.  We weren’t prepared, had no idea what we were getting ourselves into.  On some level, we deserved it.  But this year?  This year I’m begging for mercy. Please don’t kill any of our ewes mid-labor.  No lambs too big to […]

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I’m not naturally crafty.  I can’t draw a straight line and I have no sense of space when it comes to centering something or general use of scale.  In college, I took notes on graph paper so as to force order upon myself.  Food (and writing?) is the only arena in which I can actually […]

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