The Molt

The Molt

The ducks have officially started molting, the period of time in which they replace their feathers. There are feathers EVERYWHERE. It looks like a down comforter was ripped to bits out there. The ducks themselves are looking pretty haggard. What feathers they do have are misshapen and sticking out at odd angles. I’m looking forward to this being over. This also means that they have temporarily ceased laying… the protein and the energy that it takes to grow new feathers…

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Home Again

Home Again

Perhaps you’ve noticed we’ve been quiet for almost 2 weeks now. Well, that would be the fact that we spent 7 days as staff members for CAMPS, a retreat for high school students. I’ll post about it later, for now I’ll post about what happened while we were away.  Pepper somehow lost her collar. This made it difficult for our goatsitter to milk, as to do so we clip the collar to a stanchion to keep her still. Fortunately, a…

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The Battle of the Slug

The Battle of the Slug

I don’t think I’ve mentioned enough about how rainy the summer has been around here. Seriously, all we’ve had is rain. It’s been so overcast that our goats went into heat this week. This is quite early; most goats are seasonal breeders and don’t start cycling for another month yet. I’m no expect on caprine endocrinology, but if I had to wager a guess it’s because there’s been so little sun due to cloud cover that their bodies think it’s…

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Summer School

Summer School

We’d planned on schooling through the summer.  Well, that hasn’t gone quite according to plan!  In truth, we have certainly done school this summer, but we just as certainly haven’t done as much as I’d wanted. Part of the reason is that we’ve been re-evaluating our homeschooling philosophy a bit.  I even went through a brief phase where I had considered just sending them to school.  (This may or may not have been during a fit of self indulgent tears…

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Fox!

Fox!

All it takes is a moment for an illusion to be shattered. Since our homesteading adventures take place in suburbia, predator control has never been a concern of ours. Wolves, bears, bobcats… none of them live around here. Sure, we know smaller predators like skunks and raccoons are everywhere, but we’ve got a fence, right? Well, it’s all been an illusion that we’ve allowed ourselves to fall into. Today there was a fox in the pen with the animals. He…

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