Harper's Farm Blog

Turning the Dream into Reality

And It Begins… May 1, 2010

Filed under: Daily Life,Ducks,Farm Critters — harpersfarm @ 10:05 am

The re-homing has begun. All 12 of our newest pullets went to a new home along with six ducklings. It is amazing how fast you get attached to animals. It seems so empty outside without them. A lady came to pick up both barn cats, too. Stewey was a little more relaxed than Toby, but neither one of them was too excited to get into her truck. They are great cats and excellent mousers, and I have no doubts that once they get used to their new home, they will be just as wonderful for her.

Yesterday afternoon we dropped off the last duckling at my sister-in-law’s house.  She was taking him to a lady who had recently lost her duck, and as a result, had a heart-broken goose. Apparently the meeting went really well and the goose seems happy with his new friend. The duck’s name is now Lucky, and I think it suits him perfectly.

 

Moving Day for the Ducks April 19, 2010

Filed under: Daily Life,Ducks,Farm Critters — harpersfarm @ 8:19 am
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Animals have an incredible ability to show you just where your building and fencing weaknesses are. I put up a fence for the ducks while Rob was working on their house. I put one duck in, and she proceeded to walk right out. The kids caught her and back into the barn she went. I then lined the duck pen with chicken wire. So far it seems to be working. Their house turned out great. Rob built nesting boxes and a perfect little ramp. They were a little slow to figure out the ramp, but they climbed outside themselves this morning. The real test will be whether they can climb back up this evening. The pool is a huge hit. Perhaps I should have bought a bigger one, though. 🙂

 

Perfect Spring Day April 16, 2010

Filed under: Daily Life,Ducks,Farm Critters — harpersfarm @ 10:08 pm
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Today was such a beautiful day.  Warm.  Sunny.  Perfect.  It was errand day, so I was not able to get anything done on the farm, but we have some supplies to make the weekend productive.  First on the list, ducks.  They will be happy when they no longer have to, well, for lack of better word, “duck” once they move into their new house.  Quack.

 

A Little R&R April 11, 2010

Filed under: Daily Life,Ducks,Vegetable Garden Design — harpersfarm @ 2:09 pm

We began the repair and renovation on the barn yesterday.  Rob’s brother, Rich, came out to help us and we were able to get quite a bit done.  Rob got the roof put back together while Rich fixed an entrance that had been knocked off its rocker.  I started sanding the old paint off the barn in preparation for a fresh coat.  We screwed all the siding back down and it already looks tons better.  I can’t wait to get the paint on it!!  Unfortunately, that is going to have to wait a little bit longer.  I have garden beds that need to be prepared and they take priority over painting.  (Sniff Sniff) 

This morning the guys repaired the roof on the house.  Hopefully we will not have any more extremely high winds for a while.  While the guys were working on that, I dug a couple more garden beds.  Peas have been in for a week or so and I put radishes in this morning.  I have the bed for garlic ready, but I probably won’t get it planted until tomorrow.  Four beds down, 30 more to go.  Anybody looking for something to do?  If so…

The duck house is coming along nicely.  We need to pick up a few more supplies, and then the ducks are moving in.  The plan is to finish that up next weekend.  Spring projects are just moving right along.

 

Adjustments April 7, 2010

Filed under: Daily Life,Ducks,Farm Critters,Farmer's Market — harpersfarm @ 10:12 am

“When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it.”–W. Clement Stone

Lucky for us, there is more than one Farmer’s Market in the area. We turned in an application this morning for another market. We should know something from them within two weeks. The member fee is quite a bit higher than the other market, but it is in a good location, so hopefully (if we are accepted) we will be able to make it back. Our farm is still small and new and we are looking to gain invaluable experience.

The little ducks joined the larger ducks in the barn this morning. They are getting along well and I am amazed at the size difference between them. They are only two weeks apart, but ducklings grow so fast. A couple of the older ones are trying to move from their squeak to a quack and they are starting to grow tail and wing feathers. It won’t be too much longer until they outgrow their current home.

 

Beware… The Feed Store April 1, 2010

Filed under: Chicken Runs,Daily Life,Ducks,Farm Critters — harpersfarm @ 2:36 pm

I tried to be good.  Really.  I thought I could go into the feed store and just come out with the one item I went in for.  It just didn’t happen that way.  I was followed home by two Silver Laced Wyandottes, two Barred Rocks, two Khaki Campbell ducklings and a Pekin duckling.  They are now nestled in the laundry room in a tub next to the eight cornish-cross chicks that we picked up on Saturday.  I promised Rob that I would “try” to stay out of the feed store for a while, but I think he knows me better than that…