I hatched out 99 baby Barred Holland chicks. On purpose.
Many of these animals serve a purpose on our farm and as the summer wore on, we worked our way through the challenges of processing birds and pigs, selling excess stock and thinning the herd back down to our sustainable core group.
We met so many wonderful people, who came out to purchase birds and talk shop. Homesteading in this manner, is very rewarding. Sharing what we have learned with folks just starting out is our way of thanking those who gave us the gift of knowledge when we were new. I always enjoy the updated photos I receive from our customers, keeping us posted on the whereabouts of our flock as they have gone on to new homes. If you include the hatching eggs I have shipped, our birds are now all over the country! Such a wonderful feeling. :)
As the season draws to a close, our freezer is full, the brooder is empty and we are preparing for the inevitable cold days ahead. Our overwinter count: a dozen chickens and three ducks. And Bob. It makes for a very quiet barnyard and this time of year, we are ready for the slowdown.
Time to rest, recharge, let the grass grow back and see what the rest of the world is doing. Right after I process the rest of our apples. And those walnuts waiting to be hulled. Tomatoes are still coming in. Seeds need to be stored. And those pears....
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