I do not like to kill things. I am even squeamish about stepping on bugs. So, I'm not sure why I did not hesitate a few weeks ago when Jill suggested we invest in some meat chickens. Why not? Sure, neither of knows a thing about slaughtering chickens, but that's how you learn. And besides, Jill watched a YouTube video.
The last time we went to the feed store, The Littles decided they wanted some baby chicks to add to the flock. "Fine," I agreed. "But no need to buy them. We have a henhouse full of chickens and a fine, handsome rooster. Let's just hatch some of our own eggs."
So last Sunday, when we went down to the henhouse to gather the eggs, we let two nest boxes set.
When Jill and I began to work together on our Charming Farming project, "That's how you learn!" quickly became our motto. Being new to, well everything, we had (have) a lot to learn. It is not in my nature to jump into things feet first. I tend to hang back, wait for a safe opening, and then dive in enthusiastically. Jill, on the other hand, is definitely a feet-first kind of girl.
For weeks now I have promised LC I would write for our blog! Computer issues and the busyness of life have kept me from following through. Not procrastination, I assure you.
Anyway, back to chickens. First of all, I feel it is important to tell you, I grew up on a farm. A cow-calf operation in the beautiful hills of North Georgia.
Those of you who read my post, Bee Not Afraid, know that in fact I am - afraid of my bees, that is. Fortunately Big Hal isn't and has been dutifully feeding them all winter. Apparently, he has done a great job.
On the first warm day of spring I spied bees buzzing here and there about the farm, and took that as a good sign that our bees had survived the winter.
Check out Charming Farming’s article. This is a great resource for information on different types of goats….
Hi Friends! I’m excited to announce that my good friend Jill and I have started a new blog called Charming Farming. Our purpose is to promote a community of women who are engaged in agriculture. It doesn’t matter if you farm for a living or if you just have a little garden patch or a few backyard chickens. We want to exchange stories, ideas, photos and questions. So please join us, and invite your charming and farming friends to join us too.
For now, I will reblog Charming Farming posts here, but in time, I will shift everything over to Charming Farming See you there!
We haven’t gotten much snow in the Southern Ozarks this winter. In fact, the dusting we got this morning has been about it. But that was just enough for me to snap this photo. By noon all the snow was gone, so I am happy I got the shot.
I’ve been feeling especially grateful for all the blessings of farm life lately. It has put me in mind of the following prayer…
Bless, O Lord, Almighty God,
May health and purity,
goodness and meekness
and every virtue reign here.
May all those who dwell here
be filled with faithfulness to Thy law
and with thanksgiving to God,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
May this blessing remain on this farm
and all who dwell here.
Through Christ our Lord.
Linke to: Prairie Homestead Barn Hop
For months now I’ve been trying to convince Hal we need some fainting goats. I think they are a hoot. He, on the other hand, does not think hilarity is a good reason to invest in livestock. And he has a point. After all, I’m not even sure we could show these at the county fair – I’m fairly certain judges deduct points if your animal pitches over during the judging.
Oh well. It doesn’t matter because I now have a different criteria for choosing livestock. I have discovered the American Livestock Breeding Conservancy, and I am fascinated. This is a nonprofit group that is dedicated to, “ensuring the future of agriculture through genetic conservation and promotion of endangered breeds of livestock and poultry.” In other words, the ALBC encourages farmers to raise animals that are at risk of extinction. Their efforts help to ensure not only America’s agricultural heritage, but also genetic diversity in livestock and poultry.
It’s a noble cause and you can read more about it on their website. The animals they feature are some of the most beautiful and interesting (and just plain cute) livestock I’ve ever seen.
There’s the adorable Poitou Ass
The comical Dutch Belted cow
The gorgeous Hackney
and the aptly named Large Black pig
Honestly, I could spend hours on their website just browsing and reading about the dozens of cattle, sheep, goats, horses, pigs, rabbits, and poultry they promote. I haven’t joined yet because technically we are not breeders of rare livestock. Bison have long since been removed from the endangered list. But we have chosen our next rabbit breed…
The beautiful Silver Fox
Isn’t he stunning. This is a gentle, larger breed known for the unusual the silvering it its fur. We hope to have a trio (two does and a buck by spring). We will be raising them to show and sell, and as usual, I’ll post pictures. Wish us luck!