Ya’ll, it’s been such a busy time agriculturally speaking. We’ll just start with the chickens.
First we had a Buff Orpington go broody- meaning she wanted to hatch some eggs! So we added a few eggs under her from a few of our different breeds and 21 days later, she hatched 7/10 eggs! And these chicks…. they are just so precious. We’re sharing plenty about them on our Instagram!
Around the time Mama was finishing up her days sitting on eggs, another hen decided to join in on the fun. So now we have Bell Bottoms (known alias’: Ziggy, David Bowie) sitting on some eggs, but not just any eggs…
That’s right, Rainbow eggs! Have you ever heard of such a thing? I stumbled upon these online and to buy some time I stuck a duck egg under Bell Bottoms (ducks take 28 days to hatch, whereas chickens take 21 days) and ordered a dozen hatching eggs from @riseandshinemothercluckers and they arrived just in time. We stuck as many as could fit under her and placed the rest in the incubator. They were timed so that 6 chicks and a duckling will hatch in a few days! It’s always a gamble when it comes to ordering hatching eggs online but we’re looking to diversify our breeds and have an edge at market!
Next up- Piggies!
No we didn’t buy pigs, we rented them. Why would anyone rent a pig you ask?
Because Justin Rhodes told us to, okay?
“Problem: Pigs tear up the ground. Solution: Pigs tear up the ground.”
Let’s let them till the garden for us, let the guests bring their food scraps for feeding, and we’ll get some experience to see if we want to raise pork or not.
We’ve been employing a similar tactic in the garden with chickens and the results speak for themselves.
It’s the same concept with the pigs- we fence them in an area and let them do what they do best- till, manure, be all cute and sassy.
It seems to be working! Time will tell how things grow in this area but we are thrilled to have the opportunity to experiment and try something new.
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