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Change is Good!

In General Farm News on September 1, 2007 at 1:23 am

I have avoided blogging for as long as I could possibly put it off. I guess that it is one of the pitfalls to laziness — it is far easier to blog than perform an update to our website. (sigh) Oh well. Such is life.

There are so many things happening on the farm — it is only time to do an update!

1. The Lilac Turkeys are growing like weeds — and boy do we grow big, healthy weeds in the Northeast. In July we constructed a house for the turkeys with a large fenced yard for them to play in during the day. We call the house “the house that Jack built” — we don’t actually know anybody named Jack, but it just seemed like the right thing to do.

We got a phone call from another farmer regarding lilac turkeys. We are still new to the turkey scene, and I have asked Myles to return that phone call and attempt to answer her questions. If anyone knows more/anything about lilac turkeys, we are looking for information. We are members of “RareHeritageTurkey” and highly recommend that listserv if you have an interest or farm or fancy, rare, heritage breed turkeys.
2. Goats are great. We are so pleased with the kids that were born in August to Ava. We are very happy with the way that our UMass spring buck is growing, and we look forward to the acquisition of two more goatie-friends this weekend… more details about that later! In short: we are getting two (intact) and horned male pygmy goats from a family in Hampden, MA. Since one of the “baby” goats has already incurred a “boo-boo” as Seth would say, Myles and I have decided that it will be far too dangerous to place them in the same pasture with our herd (with babies) and so we picked up lines, collars and stakes and will have them graze their way through the brush, and small trees at our property across the road.

More on that baby goat injury — we have no idea what actually happened; it seems like she jammed or fell, or more probably, was bunted by our horned Boer/Nubian cross, Patches. The white kid, “Flower” now walks with a limp, and often holds her front leg up. I think that she will be fine after a few days.

To that end, we have agreed to sell Patches, who was a perfectly well-behaved goat BEFORE the kids were born… now she is just too rough around them. I think that Patches will be living on a farm in West Brookfield before the end of next week.

3. Belted Galloways continue to graze. They just do their own thing/in a bovine-kind-of-way-at- that ruminant-kind-of-pace.

4. Chickens are growing. Our Delawares are pastured during the day with their rooster. The rest of the flock either live in the former milkroom or have already been re-located to the goat/galloway pasture, as completely loose fowl. The chickens that we have let loose in this fashion have survived the many predators that we know lurk at night: neighbors domesticated dogs, coydogs, foxes, raccoons, bears, weasels, ermine, and skunks. Lucky chickens– but very happy. Eventually we will move theentire flock into this confinement-free location. That will be a project for another day.

5. Pigs. They just are. I guess of all of the critters that we have, they are the ones that I like the least. They are quite smart, but very pushy, and extremely loud. I think that piggy squeal is the most objectionable feature that they have. Other than that, they are great. We really need to prepare to say goodbye to them soon. The freezer is calling.

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