People on the farm have been working hard for approximately a year, raising piglets, chicks and now ducklings to provide more of a “farm” atmosphere for visitors and the residents.
Kelly Mountain Farm has FarmGate sales: Chicken eggs, Frozen Pork, and currently we have only a few of our Buff Orpington chicks left. There will be more on the way at the middle of July. The Orpington Heritage breed chicken is one of the best non aggressive breeds around. They have been known to be used for stress related issues and they are great mama’s.
The owner of the farm can be found at the Armstrong Farmers Market on Saturdays from 8:00am to 12:00pm selling Garlic Products, Free Range Chicken and Duck Eggs and assorted cuts of meat.
Hoping to get the website updated soon to provide more details of the changes on the farm. Preorders for meat, eggs and chicks are welcome by emailing at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello everyone, since the last blog was written, there have been a few things happen as we prepare for the coming of spring. The pig enclosures have been upgraded with new gates and better sleeping quarters.
Cleo and Cher now have individual enclosures, which are next to Buddy. Currently the three are intermingling. Yes, you guessed it! We are hoping to produce more bacon seeds for processing.
More Bacon seeds on the Way!!
For most of Cleo and Cher’s life in 2018, the girls were living together and in a mobile pen. We kept them busy rooting up a specific area for future development. After Cher farrowed and the babes were old enough, Cleo and Cher, with her piglets were moved into their new homes.
We had one piglet, “Pokerdot” leave a number of weeks ago to her forever home. We all miss her funny antics. To be honest, I find it hard to say goodbye to an animal that has been part of the farm and part of my life, whether it is for 6 weeks, 6 months or 6 years. There is a special place in my heart for each and every animal that has been part of our farm.
The Farm saw a loss of Muscovy hens and ducklings this year to predators. This is certainly one of the challenges of allowing animals to free range. Sadly, we say goodbye and continue on. Extra time spent with a grieving flock seems to keep spirits up. We combined the young ducklings with a few young chicks.
As time draws closer, the farm is preparing for planting and irrigating the crops. Planning the next vegetable garden and speculating our next steps to growth.
Cheers for now,
October 8, 2018
I’ve dug in the dirt, planted seeds, painstakenly hand weeded beds upon beds of garlic. Had my hands covered in compost mixing it into the dirt to give rejuvination to the soil. I’ve watched chicks hatch in an incubator and I’ve raised chicks from a day old that arrived by post. To be part of, and to see a birth, is the most amazing part of life. Early this morning I was priviledged to be part of one of the gilts first litter. I wasn’t there for the beginning of the delivery process and didn’t even know what was going on while I slept, although before calling it a night, I knew something should be happening during the next few hours. The main farmhand was on duty and when I awoke later in the evening he explained the first piglet was born at twelve thirty a.m. I awoke around two a.m. thinking I needed to be with the gilt. It was approximately an hour later that I finally crawled out of bed, getting dressed and walking down to where the two gilts are housed. I started speaking to Cher (the farrowing gilt) as I approached her enclosure and climbed over the fence to see what was happening. There were piglets! I saw twelve, maybe thirteen squirmy, beautiful creatures. I found it difficult to count so many moving bodies at one time.
Now, you never want to trust a pig! It doesn’t matter how tame or friendly a pig is. Always be aware they are the one in charge and stay ready to move at a moments notice. Don’t get me wrong, we love our pigs and they love us, it just happens to be, how it is.
I ducked down under the overhanging two by four and went into Cher’s personal space. I took the time to sit and watch these small creatures searching for their spot to suckle. I am not sure if I created more tension being there or not and having Cher most comfortable may have been an issue for better or worse. She seemed to be having difficulty preparing for the next birth. Sadly, the piglet was born still. All of a sudden the farmhand appeared, we discussed the dead piglet and how to handle the situation. About 10 minutes later, there was another piglet born, fresh and ready to find the warmth of its mother. Then another piglet! The excitement was over, I tried three attempts at counting how many piglets had arrived with little success.
To conclude, approximately at ten minutes to five, it was all over. Once the remaining membrane was arriving and the hardest part over, I headed for bed at ten minutes to five.
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