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Critter Count from the Cracked Egg

| 1/16/2012 11:54:51 PM

Suzanne HeadshotYesterday was a really exciting day for us here at ANS Farms. It was our first official “sheep visit” since we began raising katahdin last summer. We had a wonderful time with a very nice older couple interested in raising a few sheep of their own. During our conversation, the question was asked “How many animals do you have here?” Hmm… well, we had to sit and think on that awhile!

We don’t just do one thing here, but a little bit of just about everything. Which reminds me, I have been asked “Why Confessions of a Cracked Egg?” Apparently, I have never explained the origins of our blog title. Last year we needed to build our poultry flock. We started here with just 7 hens, not even a rooster. So in March we purchased a pure bred barred rock rooster and six more hens. Then we purchased some Narragansett turkeys. By April we were continuously running the incubator, doing as many as 108 eggs at a time of both chicken and turkey. Our friends thought we were crazy, our family just laughed. One day a Facebook friend posted a quote on my page that just about summed me up. “A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.”- Bernard Meltzer. This made me laugh, and just seemed a perfect fit for our blog!

So lets do a run down of exactly what all we have here these days. I’ll start with our family. One year ago when we were just starting our farming adventure there was myself, my husband Andrew, our oldest daughter Macey, and our son William. In October, our third child Cierra was born. Here they all are in their first group photo. Macey is now 6, William will be 5 next month, and Cierra is almost 3 months old.

 Three Kids 

So as I think you can guess I have a fondness for poultry. Our original hens were all cinnamon queens. Now, the majority of our chicken flock is barred rock. We still have those cinnamon queens today, with a few of their barred rock cross offspring which hatched out white. Our chicken total today is 23 hens, 7 roosters. Here are our original “Golden Girls” and the barred rock rooster.

  Chickens On Pasture.

1/22/2012 6:43:06 AM

Our visitors this weekend actually mentioned opening a petting zoo! LOL. The kids do love it, and I am so glad they have this opportunity. They love playing outside, being at the barn with the animals, and feeding the pigs scraps (from the other side of the fence now, our piglets are now hogs!). The kids have learned a lot about life here. They have an understanding of death that most children do not learn until much later in life, which I think has allowed them to be more appreciative of life. Which reminds me... we must alter our farm count. Donald and Daffy are both together in duck heaven now. The hawk made a return for Donald this week. Any ideas for hawk deterant?

1/19/2012 9:13:33 PM

Suzanne, your homestead it teaming with life so to speak. You could actually open a petting zoo quite easily. It must be quite thrilling for your kids to live in such an atmosphere. I expect it's a real treat for family or friends to come for a visit. Many kid memories have been built around country visitations. I also know that it keeps everyone quite busy with care and living quarter maintenance. It's all worth it in the end. Life on the homestead can be heart wrenching when death is involved. I know it's kind of the way of country life but still it takes some emotional strength to live the life of county living especially when the family pet dies. That's the worst ever. I hope that Digit and Tucker live long and healthy lives. Every kid needs a dog in their life at some point. Thanks for sharing your life on the farm stories. Have a great day with the menagerie of animals.

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