It’s coming down to the end of Spring around here. Let me update you on what has been going on at the farm.
Early Spring brought us the joys of lamb and kid births. So many little ones making it exciting and a little confusing too. We almost lost one of our ewes at lambing. Seems her little (gigantic) lamb didn’t want to come out easily and then we discovered she had been physically exhausted to the point that she gave up. We are very happy to say, she is doing fantastic now and so is “Wil” her lamb.
Then there was “Bella”! She was not really a surprise but I had miscalculated her due date of arrival. She and her Mom “Barga” are doing very well. The breeding that produced her was very accidental, which has now led to a 3/4 Angora x 1/4 Alpine Dairy kid. Her fiber is glorious!
We had a broody hen hatch 13 eggs and have 12, 3 month old chicks now.
We have since hatched another 11 chicks which are growing strong..and to our surprise, some of them are actually HENS!
The most exciting addition we’ve made to the farm this Spring are our Coturnix Quail. With the chickens, ducks and now quail we are rapidly becoming an “Egg Farm”.
These quail are actually mature and laying eggs within 8 weeks from their hatching and the health benefits from eating their eggs is amazing. There are now 36 of these little ones here and growing. This is the first week we’ve listed their eggs on our local co-op.
Aside from all of this we’ve just been working on the farm. Cleaning, growing, painting, sheep shearing and more.
Since the loss of Mom, I feel like I’ve been spending a lot of my time recreating pretty much my whole life (not just the farm). I am devoting much more of my time to the sheep and working again with fiber. We are working on a Virginia Grown/USA Grown organic yarn line as well as a line of naturally dyed yarns. Both of these projects are slow moving as it is quite expensive to have all of the fiber processed and natural dying can also be very expensive. Another thing I am doing is participating in special events to share (and sell) our fibers grown here on the farm.
Wow, I’m tired just writing! Until next time…
I never thought about eating Quail eggs. hmmm, I might need to research that more for our farm. Glad to see you write a blog post again. I always love reading about births on the farm. Even with so many on ours…it still creates excitement to hear about other people’s fun.