New Arrival - Simba - the Nubian goat
On January 28, 2010, mama Freya welcomed her new kids to the farm. Sadly, the baby doe did not survive but the male, Simba did. Here you see him on day one, only a few hours old, being nudged by mama to get walking. He is now (12 days later) trying to leap and jump and is filling out nicely. He may not stay on the farm long, being male, but we are enjoying him and mama is doing a GREAT job of caring for him! Simba moved on at 6 weeks old to another farm.
A little farm tour - courtesy of Miss Jessica
Chickens Free Ranging
A view of some of our birds free ranging. Rhode Island Reds, Black Australorps, White Leg Horns and "Easter Egg Chickens"
We allow our birds to all free range on our 50 acre property - year round. They are not too fond of snow, so they don't go out on those days, but as soon as the ground is bare, they are out there eating! We feed them naturally grown pesticide free pellets in addition to their free range diet.
This breed originated in Australia developed from Black Orpingtons imported from England; and the emphasis of the breeding program was on egg production without sacrificing too much in size and meat quality. Some sensational results were made in the Australian program, and one hen set a laying record of 364 eggs in 365 days. Introduced into this country in the 1920's, they have become useful and popular and are certainly one of the best layers of light brown eggs of all the heavy breeds. A flock of Black Australorps with their glossy black plumage which has a greenish-purple sheen and their larger than average bright red combs make an unusually handsome sight. They are big birds, cockerels weighing 6 to 8 pounds at maturity and pullets 5 to 7.
We are excited to have added a few Polish hens to our flock. They have the best hair do's and look good even after just waking up! They are also heritage birds and layers but they lay fewer eggs then the rest of our gi
Freya peeking out from the fence.
Nubians are remarkable in temperate zones of agriculture in being able to deal with temperatures as low as 0 °F (−18 °C) with open faced shelters. They readily attach to their new human owners with simple neck and side stroking. Nubians love human interaction and will call for the owner. While being stereotyped as being vocal, they are relatively quiet when provided with food, water and shelter. Just like human infants if they are making noise, they are doing so to let their need be known. Nubians are also sometimes classified as stubborn, but Nubians are simply highly intelligent animals who know what they like and dislike.
The "Easter Egg Chicken", This unusual breed gets its name from the Indian tribe of Chile where they were first discovered. Araucanas lay beautiful colored eggs of blue-green shades from turquoise to deep olive. Adults are of medium size with pea combs. The shells may vary in colour but the eggs, are simply good eggs!
Rhode Island Reds
This is one of the most famous and all time popular breeds of truly American chickens. Developed in the early part of this century in the state of the same name, they have maintained their reputation as a dual purpose fowl through the years. Outstanding for production qualities, they have led the contests for brown egg layers time after time. No other heavy breed lays more or better eggs than the Rhode Island Reds.
Great Pyrenees Dog
Our boy Luki - he is 3 years old
They were originally used to protect sheep from predators and guard fortresses during the middle ages. The Pyr is a working dog who's physical and mental characteristics have remained virtually unchanged through the centuries. In appearance, the Great Pyrenees is elegant, majestic and beautiful with a kind and regal expression. Adult Pyrs are calm, confident, affectionate and gentle by nature. Intelligent, an independent thinker, attentive, fearless and loyal, the Pyr is an excellent guard dog with a natural instinct to protect.