Tough decisions

It is with great sadness that I am removing the French Angora page on our site. After many attempts to remedy my allergies including lots of Benadryl and even respirator masks I just couldn’t pluck a rabbit without spending the rest of the night knocked out on Benadryl. I wasn’t able to give the angoras the attention they deserved so I decided to give them back to the breeder I got them from originally. We were happy to help her out with her business and have appreciated her mentorship over the past year and a half with the angoras. Thank you Alexandria from Elemental Ranch for all your help and support!

On a happier note our Muscovy ducks the stars of our Duck Dynasty are about to have a little clutch of babies!!

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She is up to 14! And if you look closely she has started collecting feathers and twigs to line her nest. Muscovy ducks will start sitting on their eggs once they collect 12-18 so she’s right in that window! I can’t wait!!!

Our quail are almost at full production! We have been getting 12 eggs a day from our 13 hens.

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We haven’t had any problem with too many eggs thanks to this recent article in the Fresno Bee.
http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/03/17/3828184/central-valley-farmers-see-huge.html
We can’t get enough duck and quail eggs to the local farm store where we sell before they are sold out.

And this weekends flower arrangement includes purple sage flowers, Icelandic poppies and bachelor buttons.

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Duck dynasty!

So Karma is obsessed with this show duck dynasty. She runs to watch it first thing in the morning and most of the evening!

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Sometimes I catch Trapper watching it too but he isn’t as obsessed. He also doesn’t let me take pictures of him!
Ok our duck dynasty looks a little different.

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But it’s way more entertaining!

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One of them started laying eggs this week!

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We are up to 7 eggs! She will collect about 12-18 before she sits on them. She’ll sit on them for 35 days before they hatch. It’s so exciting I can’t wait to have ducklings walking around the front yard! I’m not sure Karma will be able to contain her excitement with the ducklings. Stay tuned 🙂

Our littlest daredevils!

Scott and Tanner stayed home sick today so when I got home and checked on everyone…. By everyone I mean EVERYONE. Ducks, chickens, quail, rabbits, goats, other ducks baby chicks tanner and Scott. Not necessarily in that order! Well once I get to the baby chicks I noticed there was some poop around the brooder box that the 2 week chicks are in. I asked Scott if anyone got out today and how the poop got out. We look at the Cornish Cross chickens. Those things aren’t going anywhere!! They can barely stand up for too long they definitely aren’t flying over the baby gate we have them contained in. So we look at the babies. And almost at that moment one of the Rhode Island Red hens is sitting on top of the waterer. We had noticed her there this weekend too. Well sure enough she started looking at the edge of the box. Before we knew it we were getting quite the show.

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She did a great tight rope along the edge of the box.

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Then her sister got jealous!

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All the other chicks just looked up at them wondering how they did it. Our impressive little girls!

Weekend flower arrangement

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This weekend we got quite a few things taken care of. I planted a couple of our new flower beds with some of the seeds I got. I ordered 55 dahlia bulbs and just couldn’t wait any longer for them to get here that I bought 6 bulbs from Home Depot. They just looked so pretty!

We were able to give away four of our newly adopted chicks to some friends. We decided to keep 2 of the Rhode Island Red chickens and 1 speckled Sussex chicken. We introduced these 3 to our 6 Plymouth barred rock chickens. They did pretty well. There was a bit of a pecking order to be established but now they are all cuddling together. The other 6 Cornish cross chickens are almost about ready to be moved outside. It amazes me how quickly these chickens grow.

I’ve added a new page to the website for our handcrafted soaps. Soon it will be complete with photos and an Etsy shop where you can purchase soap. In the meantime please feel free to email us and we will be happy to sell you some of our wonderful soap!

I’m very excited to have the comments feature back on the website!! I really couldn’t figure out why it had worked but then stopped. But oh well it’s fixed now so please feel free to comment on anything you might be thinking or wondering about us!

Chicks chicks and more chicks!

Well our chicken numbers just tripled over night. We started Tuesday with 6 baby chicks and ended it with 19! After a very sad series of events we took home 13 baby chicks.

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7 of them are part of the original birds I received last week so they are all the same age as our original six. I also am sure that they are hens. No roosters thank goodness!

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The other 6 are a little older and they are the meat industries freakish creations. They have been bred to devour food and put on meat as quickly as possible so they can become dinner on our tables quickly! It’s all about speed in the meat industry quick cheap food. Quality and taste no longer matter. Neither do animal rights or concerns and really neither do our health or well being but that’s a whole different post so I’ll get off my little soap box. Happy eating! 🙂

A Beautiful Life FARM?

My friend asked for a farm tour this week after she bought a dozen eggs from me. “It’s not really a farm” was my response. I just don’t want people to get their hopes up about this big fully functioning farm. It’s an acre and a third with some raised beds and some animals is how I see it. Sure small farms can produce A LOT of food on an acre and a third. Some small farms can feed whole communities on an acre and a third. We don’t do that. We play with our goats. We grow some food. We sell some of it but we feed most of it to the goats. They really are happy goats 🙂

Well this weekend really helped us start to feel a little bit more like a farm. We were able to finish some of the projects we’ve been working on for quite awhile. Like the corral :

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See that bottom rung that Buttermilk is leaning against? We finally finished that after a year!!! Took us 10 minutes lol!
We also added sod to the bunny barn.

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And we finished the yoga circle!

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Doesn’t it look amazing?

We took a couple of new soap bars to the KMK Organic Farm Store. It was so exciting to see that we were almost sold out of the Plain Jane Oats And Honey. As soon as we thought we were caught up we’re going to need to start making more back stock! We also dropped off a couple dozen duck and quail eggs to start selling there. During this drop off I also slipped in a couple bouquets of flowers to see if they sold.

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The next day the store manager text me saying they sold out of our flowers in two hours and asking for more of them. What a great feeling it is to watch people really enjoying the things we’ve made.

This morning we all had a great laugh at one of our ducks that decided to perch in our olive tree.

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All of the other ducks were really mad they couldn’t figure out how to get up there with her.

And lastly the weekend flower arrangement. Since most of the flowers went to the farm store I went with a simple but elegant display of Icelandic poppies.

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Chickens!!!

So on Monday these precious babies showed up in the mail!!!

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There’s nothing cuter than the peeps of baby chicks!

They aren’t all ours. We ordered 28 birds 6 for us and the rest for 3 of our friends. Scott wasn’t sure if it would be that easy to be able to tell the difference between the chicks. I kept assuring him it would be so easy we would just categorize them by numbers. We had 11 Plymoth barred rocks which 6 are our babies. 5 black austrolorps 6 Rhode Island reds and 6 different types 1 of our friends ordered 7 different types of chicks! He’s got quite the menagerie of poultry lol. Well it turned out to be simple to separate all of them except the Plymoth barred rocks and the black austrolorps! I mean come on can you see a difference between these girls?

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We put the 16 of them together and just stared at them. Finally we noticed that some had a bit of yellow on their head and some didn’t so we separated out the ones that didn’t have any yellow. There were 5 that had all black heads and 11 with yellow spots! The numbers add up! It’s not an exact science and who knows we might all end up with a couple different kinds of chickens but oh well we’ll love them still the same 🙂

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