It has been a while since we have posted due to family health issues. Last summer we sold off our duck flock. We have downsized our chicken flock to 10 hens and 1 rooster.
Health issues still require that we downsize our Nigerian Dwarf goat herd.
We currently have 10 goats. Our 3 wethers, Chester, Winston and Bently will be going to a new farm this week. They are enthusiastic brush clearers and will be helping with pasture restoration and eradication of invasives and poison ivy. Willow Meadow Acadia, born last June, will be going with them to their new home.
We will also be selling our two fine bucks, Proctor Hill Farm Stormwarning, and Willow Meadow Victor Breton. Check out our sale page.
We are having a late summer breeding season. All kids will be available for sale.
George, our 2 year old rooster, left our farm yesterday. His crime…too rough with the hens. They were in danger of not having enough feathers and down on their backs to survive the winter. They were trying to avoid him by staying outside the coop and pen and ended up roosting out in the elements, getting soaked. Georgie Jr, his son, is taking a “time out” in a separate pen until the hens fully recover. For the first time in weeks all of the hens spent the night sheltered in the coop.
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Too many males! Nine young drakes left our farm yesterday. We now have 2 drakes and 9 ducks with a focus on egg production.
We have 19 ducklings. Grace, our Indian Runner duck hatched 8 ducklings on July 15th. All are healthy and thriving amongst the corn, squash and broccoli in the garden. They enjoy their own kiddy pool.
It looks like at least one is pure Indian Runner. One is a Khaki Campbell/Indian runner cross.
One is a Peking/ Swedish cross. Two are Indian Runner/Swedish. Not sure of the other 3 or
Phaedra, our Khaki Campbell duck, hatched eleven ducklings 2 weeks ago. They are living in the duckling “nursery” – a 16′ X 4′ covered enclosure in the garden. They are all mix breed – Swedish/Peking, Swedish Indian Runner, Khaki Campbell/Peking, Khaki Campbell/Indian Runner.
Phaedra’s babes at 2 weeks old.
Willow Meadow Fern
We have named Willow’s doeling, Fern. She is 2 weeks old and was allowed out into the pasture with us yesterday. She now hops up into your lap and enjoys being pet and cuddled.
Foraging in the freshly mowed pasture.
Our young rooster has taken charge of our eight new hens. He’s doing an excellent job leading them into the pasture by day and then back to the coop in the evening. They have settled in nicely and are laying lots of eggs!
Georgie Junior and his new hens.
Free range heaven!
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Last night Harold and I drove to Northwood, NH and picked up 8 hens from two wood-worker women. They make amazingly beautiful wooden bowls, mantles, furniture and art pieces. They reluctantly had to give up their beloved hens due to vicious fox attacks. The hens are one and 1/2 years old and include 4 Buff Orpington, 2 Black Sex-links, 2 Lace Wyandottes. They were sleeping when I put them in the coop and seem to be doing well this morning. They are keeping to themselves as a group. So far no fighting. We will be adding a thick blanket of pasture grasses to keep them all occupied, digging and scratching. Later today I’ll add more nesting boxes in the coop.
Welcome to your new home, girls.
Two of our hens have been sitting on eggs since the first week in June. Lydia made her nest first in the brush pile in the pasture. Several days later Grace made hers in the same brush pile about 2 feet away from Lydia. The nests are built up with grass, sticks and mud about 4-5 inches high. Our other 2 hens occasionally “egg sit” and give the sitting ducks a break. The drakes keep watch over the nesting area.
Grace, Indian Runner duck, on her nest.
Lydia, well hidden in her nest.
Willow’s sweet newborn doeling.
Willow and her babe – 12 minutes old!
Willow’s doeling: Harold’s new baby.
Proctor Hill Farm Willow, bred to Proctor Hill Farm Indian Summer had a single doeling at 12:20pm today! The 4.5lb little girl was up and enthusiastically nursing 10 minutes after she was born. She is a mini replica of her mom – dark chocolate and white.