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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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.
Aahhh! Beautiful June day at Willow Meadow Farm!
Harold and the kids.
Lily and Bentley pruning the wild roses.
Kids for Sale! 1 doe, 2 bucks
All 3 have been dehorned and will be up to date on shots when they leave the farm.
Twins from Fairlea Avalon [dam] and MI Sugar Creek YO Toshiba [sire]
Avalon and her twins
These kids are gorgeous, well- conformed and super lovable! Avalon has an excellent, well attached udder. Both kids are very sweet and friendly and would make an excellent contribution to your herd and the show ring!
doe – Willow Meadow Mika – born 4/9/12 – $450
buck – Willow Meadow Kato – born 4/9/12 – $250
Willow Meadow Kato
One of triplets from Fairlea Nashoba [dam] and *B NC Promiseland RB Bolero*S[sire].
buck – Willow Meadow Winston – born 4/11/12
Willow Meadow Winston
Winston is strong and long like his sire. Nashoba is a high capacity milker with large easy milking teats. He has a sweet, curious and very friendly personality. If you are looking for a herdshire with a great physique, super milking genetics and a charming personality, Winston is your guy!
Sale Price: $250
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Fairlea Nashoba had triplet bucks on April 11, 2012. They were sired by *B NC Promiseland RB Bolero*S.
Buckling#1 – Dasher – 3.75 lbs.
Buckling#2 – Dancer – 5.5 lbs
Buckling#3 – Prancer – 4 lbs
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Proctor Hill Farm Water Trace has moved to Proctor Hill Farm in Lunenburg. she has been bred to S*B NC PromisedLand RB Bolero *S. See http://www.proctorhill.com/kiddingschedule.htm for more information.