Monday, April 29, 2013

Batch 2, Spring CSA--Ready to Eat!

They're ready to eat!  Well, after you cook them of course...

Batch 2 of our Spring CSA is off to their new homes to be cooked and enjoyed.  We finished processing just before the rain made it in.  Most of this batch were between 4 and 5 lbs.  There were a few 3.5 lbs but they averaged out to 4 lbs.  We would have been shocked if they had weighed less because they have been voracious eaters!  They have definitely made a "mark" on the pasture--eating a scratching up the pasture before every move!

We did have a slight problem with the chicken plucker.  Stacey had a tough time getting the scalding water and the plucker to work consistently.  One time the chicken came out perfect, the  next time it came out the half it's skin gone!  He's going to work on it some more and hopefully he'll get it working right.

We have one more month of pick ups for the Spring CSA.  There is still chickens available for the Summer CSA but please email or call before placing an order.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Baby Bunnies

The other day when Hubby was cutting grass, he stopped and quickly came in the house.  He was in a hurry (if you know Hubby, he's NEVER in a hurry) and had a somewhat panicked look on his face.

"Quick, I ran over a rabbit's nest!  There are baby bunnies in the nest!," he spouted out.  "What do I need to do?"

I wasn't sure.  Together we went back up to where he had run over the nest.  There Hubby uncovered a nest with four tiny baby rabbits...

They were all huddled together and it was hard to tell where one started and one ended.  But you could see their cute little ears!  Hubby said two were outside the nest just after he noticed it.  He put them back in the nest when he came and got me.

We decided to cover the nest back up and wait.  If the mother rabbit was still around, she would be back and would move them.  If she didn't come back, we decided that we would try to raise them.  

We left the nest and waited.  Not long after we left, it started to rain.  I found a large pot and placed it over the nest but with a way for Mama rabbit to get in.  We just waited again and hoped for the best.

As evening set in, Hubby came back with news.  Two of the baby rabbits were gone but two were still in the nest.  The two in the nest just didn't make it.  Mama rabbit, we hope, has the two surviving babies and is raising them to be full grown rabbits!

Monday, April 22, 2013

The Grass is Fun!

Some of the sights on the farm these days...

The Spring CSA, Batch 3 is learning that the grass can be fun!  

They are finding all types of "stuff" to scratch and peck. 

All this scratching and pecking is making them grow! 

They are learning that there are all types of good things hiding in the grass!

The warmer the weather, the better the pickin's for the chicks.  With all the rain we have been having, the grass is growing so fast you can watch it grow!  The chicks are learning that every time we come down that new grass is coming...

Just wanted to share what we get to see everyday... Happy Earth Day!!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Accident

Some days are just not good days....  Sunday was one of those.  

As we went about tending to the chickens and goats, it was business as usual.  We moved the large chicken pen with the tractor and had just finished refilling water and feeders.  I went to crank the tractor so that we could move the goats. 

We hand crank our tractors partly to make it harder for the boys to start the tractors.  Hand cranking is not terribly difficult but must be done correctly.  The most important thing to do is to make sure that the tractor is not in gear when you crank it.  Because as soon as you crank it, it's ready to go.  And if it's in gear it will take off with you.  This is what I found out the hard way.

So if you hand crank your tractor and it is still in reverse, it will run over anything in its way.  Even if that's a metal chicken pen....

I must tell that no chickens or humans were injured during the ordeal.  Only the chicken pen was damaged and hurt.  The tractor only had scratches on its tires.  And the chickens aren't as dumb as people would like you to think!  Humans on the other hand....

Now we begin the process of building a new chicken pen....

Monday, April 8, 2013

Tractor + Goat = ????

Spring is in the air!  The trees are blooming and our sinuses are running.  But the green of the grass and the young buds on the trees are refreshing after all the cold of winter!

As we have been tending to the chickens and goats, we have let the goats loose from their chains.  They love running around the chicken pens while we move them.  Each of them goes from one spot to the next trying to find chicken feed to eat and fresher grass than what they have had all day.

Today when we let them loose, Billy decided to be Billy.  He is our youngest and most active goat.  Billy is constantly looking for things to climb or run around and around.  He doesn't like to stay still too often!  So as I got off the tractor, Billy decided he wanted on the tractor.  When I turned around, this is what I saw....

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Putting Up the Goats

We were trying to teach Knox how to get the goats up by using the feed bucket. But as with most teenagers, he had to do it his he ends up chasing Buddy all over. Mean while Hubby uses the bucket but finds that there was not enough to keep Billy he ends up...well watch and see!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Guardians

Our second Batch of our Spring CSA have guardians watching them everyday.