Thrilled about revealing my new farm stamp. Matt and I have named our little chicken farm “The Happy CloAcre Farm”. I am a nurse and love anatomy and Cloaca is what the hen lays her egg out of and we live on a little over 1 acre of land. I worked with @paper_afternoon to create the perfect logo for our farm that symbolizes that the chicken is at the center of the farm. From feeding them organic food, greens and giving them plenty of space to roam, scratch and dust bathe, they are happy and healthy little dinosaurs. Follow the farm on @the_happy_cloacre_farm to catch chicken information and photos. #crazychickenlady#farmHer#backyardchickens#hobbyfarm#thehappycloacrefarm
🎶🎶Three little birds, on my doorstep singing...
Cockle doodle doo ... 🎶🎶
These boys are so handsome and sweet, I love them to pieces. I actually had to make myself stop holding and hand feeding them because I was becoming too attached. As soon as they get a little bigger, they'll be headed to the pot. 🍲🍜
Their names are Dinner, Ace and Supper. Not in the picture is Dumpling, my 4th roo who is an Easter Egger. I believe Willow is a rooster as well, but I am hoping his splayed beak keeps him from crowing so we can Keep him! He's about half the size of these boys and my baby, so he's safe from the butcher. If he does end up crowing I'll find him a nice farm that wants roosters to live on. ❤
Oh, just a side note that the dilapidated barn in the back is NOT currently housing any animals. It's obviously structurally unsound and is just storage at the moment. If we buy the property (fingers crossed) we plan on rebuilding that wall if possible so it can be a functioning barn. Worse case scenario it gets torn down and we rebuild on the foundation with the reclaimed wood from it. ❤
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It’s harvest season. The barns are filling up with hay for the animals to eat over the long winter, combines are reaping the grain crops and silos are bursting at the seams. Temps are cooling which means it’s time for hay rides, apple picking and the pumpkin patch! 🌾🌻This season = 🧡🧡🧡!!
We may still be feeling summer’s heat and humidity, but the forages remind us of what’s to come.
I got some of the portable fencing put away recently due to the slowed growth in our pastures. Most of the flock will stay on pastures late into fall, but less grass and more hay will be consumed. #pasturedfarming#vermontsummer#farmher
I should be in my forever-house by now. I should be married by now. I should have a baby by now. I should be a VP by now. Ever think any of those? Yep, me too. Maybe it’s because you see others around you with your age, education, ambition, location, or something else, and think you should be ok their timeline. Or maybe a great-aunt keeps mentioning it. However it creeps in, you can’t compare your life to others’ expectations or timelines or opinions. On this week’s podcast episode, @katie_vaz and I have the best conversation on just that, plus lots more, like do you know about her #29for29? You should. You’re going to love this conversation. #podcast#applepodcasts#linkinbio#womeninag#womeninagriculture#bosslady#liveyourstory#farmher#rurallife
It's Thursday, which means we've released a new video on YouTube! Remember I kept telling you about the pen we built for the ducklings? Well, you can see part one today!
In this video, we show you how we built the frame of the run - coming soon is how we added the wire, the door, and why we made the decisions we made!
If you like the video, please be sure to give it a thumbs up and leave a comment - this tells YouTube that people like our videos, and it helps other backyard chicken owners find us!
We really wanted to re-introduce ourselves as its been way too long since we've been regular on here! Life has been a sweet flurry of activity this year, with lots of beautiful changes and new beginnings! Say hello to Erin, otherwise known as the creative junky, junk reclaimer, proud momma bear, courageous adventurer, lover of Alberta, and seasoned entrepreneur! "The spirit of adventure" No four words could better describe the way Erin approaches her life and business…⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
A fiery Aries, her passion, head strong nature and resourcefulness have helped her create a full life. With creativity running through her veins, coupled with a quiet courage, fear has never stopped her from going for it. From spending 3 months in the Amazon jungle at 18 years old, to working on a remote gold mine in the the Yukon as a young teenager, to selling all of her worldly possessions and moving to Denmark with her furry family – she has never shied from experiences that she knew would grow her into a balanced woman who could contribute to the world around her. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This year has been the sweetest year yet, as Erin and her partner/hubby Jean welcomed a beautiful baby boy, Luca, into the world on Valentines Day! Erin has to resist filling this entire feed with photos of him, but you will see Luca scattered throughout our feed as he is the light of all of our lives, a sweet angel boy, our little bubs. You can follow along @erinmandy_johnson⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Erin’s mind is a constant flurry of creativity and ideas. She looks around her and sees a blank canvas ready to transform into something unique whether it be graphic design, painting, leatherwork, antiquing, cooking etc - there is no limit to the materials she loves to work with!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Being in business with Jan, her mom and best friend is a dream come true, albeit not always an easy road, but worth every moment. Forever appreciative of the people and experiences she has in her life, Erin is grateful for everyday she gets to spend living her dream in Alberta!
⚡️News from the #lovemdmarkets feed ⚡️ Over the next few weeks, @twobootsfarm is doing #pawpaw#popups at both @tpfarmersmarket & @freshfarmdc! What’s a #pawpaw you ask? Paws paws are a wild, foraged fruit prized for its custard-like texture & tropical flavor (think part mango, part banana, part magic!). 📷 by @charmcitycook
Photographers, what's the weirdest thing you've cloned out of a photo? I had to clone out the goat's, um, "junk" and I can honestly say that's something I never thought I'd have to do 😂
P.S. Zoey's new favorite shirt she has on here is from @shopnaturesupply ☀️
I am going to start incorporating more agriculture based posts. I have recently learned that a lot of you like to learn about the world I was lucky to grow up in & return to post-college.
I grew up on a cow-calf operation. To break it down, the cattle that you get your meat from come from the calves beef cows have each year. Those calves are weaned around 4-5 months of age and put into the feedlot to reach “fat” for slaughter.
Normally, we calve (our cows have their calves) in April-May. As the cows get older or go through health issues, their reproductive cycle can get off schedule and this can cause what are called “late calvers.” The goal each year is to have all calves within 45 days of age so they are more uniform in size & age as they enter the feedlot or are sold in a group. This prevents bullying and other issues as those “off” calves tend to not eat as much and get sick easier. Plus, we all like to look at a nice group of uniform calves versus all different sizes & breeds.🐃
This year, we sold some late calving cows a few days after calving (so the calves could get colostrum) and took calves away. We have 3 bottle beef calves right now that receive 2 bottles per day of milk replacer.
They will grow to be about the same size & often end up more tame. That can be good and bad, I’ll share more later this winter when they’re in the feedlot stealing my hat.😉