I'm really late posting this, but we added a new critter to the farm. We got a weanling New Hampshire pig a few months ago, and she's really growing fast! Here's a few pictures of her, as well as a video of her playing with the water hose:
A cold snap brought temperatures plummeting into the single digits, freezing everything and every body. The animals were kept snug and happy with plenty of hay and fresh water as often as possible, and the wonderful fireplace kept the main parts of the old farmhouse cozy.
Little W was fascinated by the dusting of snow we got. He can't wait to get more!
Christmas decorations make the house seem warmer.
The animals look forward to getting their ice broke throughout the day.
The cold provided the perfect excuse to relax with some Christmas movies.
Recently we took the plunge and added some bugs to our farm. Worms, to be precise. We have red wrigglers, which honestly don't seem to be flourishing and that's been a little difficult to figure out just what we're doing wrong. So I'm not going to show you those, as there's just not much to see yet.
But the mealworms are doing fantastic! As gross as it is, I love these little nasties! They're so easy to take care of and propagate, and our numbers have probably more than tripled since we first started.
Watching them grow throughout their life cycle has been so interesting! And the kids really enjoy them too!
Soon we'll be able to start feeding these wonderfully nutritious snacks to our chickens and quail. They're going to love them!
After our duck population dwindled down to just one Rouen hen, I decided we better get some more so she wouldn't be so lonely. I found an ad on Craigslist for a couple of ducks in need of a new home.
Meet Cordelia, a Cayuga mix:
And her drake, a white Pekin:
Unfortunately, we lost sweet Cordelia to a possum attack, but thankfully we'd incubated some of her eggs shortly after acquiring her. We have some beautiful ducklings from her, to now keep the Pekin drake company, as he was quite sad without his Cordelia. Here they are:
Our incubator is Rite Farm Products' Model #3600 Complete Pro Digital Incubator Kit. It was just under $100 and has proved to be pretty reliable. I do use an additional thermometer and hygrometer to make sure my levels are just right.
One of our first bigger hatches was a combination hatch with quail, chicken, and duck eggs. We had decent results, but it was difficult to give the ducks as much moisture as they needed, without drowning the other eggs. Check out the video on that hatch:
Here lately though, I've been sticking to just uncubating quail, and I generally get