A Week in Farm Photos - August 23rd to 29th

August 29, 2015

On the one hand, it's hard to believe we've only been here in Maine for 2-1/2 weeks. On the other hand, it feels so much like home, I feel like we've been here forever. The past week has been a flurry of unpacking (does it ever end!) and organizing, keeping a close eye on the chickens and ducks who are basically free ranging until their new coop arrives next week, and taking lots of breaks to explore our new neighborhood.

We've already found a blueberry farm and an apple orchard, driven to the coast to have lunch in Belfast, visited a local garden shop and found an excellent seafood restaurant just a few minutes away. I've already had lobster four times and plan on continuing that trend. We hear coyotes howling at night (which is a new experience for us all and I have to admit bit creepy!) and have hummingbirds who visit our feeders each morning. And just this morning we got a garden tilled so we can take a stab at planting a cold crop garden. Take a peek at our week!

Why are Eggs Sold by the Dozen?

August 25, 2015

The number twelve has had special significance for man since the ancient times, from Jesus' twelve apostles to twelve full moons per year and twelve months in a year. There are twelve inches in a foot and twelve hourly divisions on a clock.  There are twelve zodiac signs, twelve tribes of Israel and twelve Knights of the Round Table. There are twelve days of Christmas. But what does any of that have to do with why eggs are sold by the dozen?

A Week in Farm Photos August 16th - 22nd

August 22, 2015

This past week, my husband and I fulfilled a decades-long dream to return to New England. We were both born and raised in Massachusetts, but after a career in the Navy for him and a career on Wall Street for me, our paths crossing in the middle of all that, and settling in Virginia for the last 12 years, it was time to go home.

Treating Foamy Eye and Sinus Issues in Ducks Naturally

August 18, 2015

Bubbling or foamy eyes in ducks can be fairly common, but also fairly easily treated. Providing fresh, clean water for your ducks that is deep enough for them to submerge their entire head in is usually sufficient to keep their sinuses clean and working properly, but over over mating or an eye injury (inflicted by another duck, a chicken, or a run-in with some wire fencing, a branch or other debris) can cause the eye to bubble and foam. 

Traveling (or Moving) with Chickens

August 11, 2015

Whether you're traveling just a few miles to the vet, across town to a chicken swap, across the state to attend a poultry show or moving clear across the country, you will need a plan to get your chickens from point A to point B as safely as possible.

A Week in Farm Photos - August 2nd to 8th

August 8, 2015

This week has been bittersweet. It marks our last week living here in Virginia. Yup, it's true. Next week we're packing up all our animals and worldly possessions and heading north - back to New England, where both my husband and I grew up. We're really excited, but we know we'll miss this farm that we have called home for the last 12 years. We hope you all will continue to follow us on our journey, because it's sure to be quite the adventure! Same faces, new place. So stay tuned for what's ahead! And enjoy this last peek at our Virginia farm.

Repelling Coop Critters Naturally

August 4, 2015

Keeping your coop free of rodents and insects is important for your chickens’ health and happiness. Bugs and mice will not only eat chicken feed, but they can also carry disease. Snakes eat eggs and even small baby chicks if they have the chance.

A Week in Farm Photos - July 26th - August 1st

August 1, 2015

Stay tuned for some super exciting news next week! I'll share as soon as I can. This week was a whirlwind around here, but the animals take it all in stride of course. Enjoy!

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