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Eating our Garbage

When my children were younger I wanted to share the cycle of life with them in a real way. I wanted them to be able to see, feel, experience how the circle of life really works. I purchased some worms, (red wigglers), and purchase a box that would allow earthworms to procreate, as well as eat all the garbage that we generated. We would put our shredded papers in the box, coffee grounds, and the filter, apple cores, banana peels, and various other food in our worm box. We had our worm box outside. I have read that some people keep their box in the home. NO! 

When my son was 18 months old, he would take all the daily refuse for the worms to the box. The box did not smell bad, since they eat the bacteria that generates the odor from the food. What does smell is the poo from the worms. Every couple of months we would have to clean out the box, and that wasn’t a fun job. We would separate what was the “black gold” from the garbage, and save the worms. We would then have another generation of worms, and we add the black gold into our garden. We grew some of the biggest pumkins on the block, and then when we were done with Halloween, the worms had their favorite food. Honestly, after having these creatures in our life all these years, I can tell you with confidence that they love mellons, pumkins, etc. 

To this day we still have a worm farm, and we still feed our worms. Some of them are from the same parents we started with more than 18 years ago. 

This is the newest edition, it has layers, after a few months, we take it apart and sort out the gold, and start all ove with new food. This system ensures nothing goes to waste. We dont like waste doing nothing, we want to make the most of it. 

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Before the Coyotes Got a Taste of Chicken

ChickensThis was what the farm looked like this time last year. We had so many chickens running around the farm. Then the coyotes developed a taste for our chickens, and we are about 1/4 of what we had at one time. It sure was nice getting all the eggs too, but the red chickens started pecking open the eggs. Now, all the chickens wait for a hen to start clucking, and get right to that egg.

Farm lessons are hard lessons to learn. Gotta get a fence to keep the coyotes out, and must take these chickens in the processor to have killed and cleaned. We will have to start fresh with a new flock.

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Never A Dull Moment

Our family has been living on our farm for about one year and a half. Everyday there is something happening, never a dull moment. Our chickens are free range chickens. They are antibiotic free, and run and play all day. Anyone that tells you that they only eat veggies or grain, feed them only veggies or grain. Chickens are like little prehistoric beings, they have so many vocal sounds. I imagine dinosaurs sounded the way the chickens do. The chickens run around and eat bugs, and I have even seen them go after song birds that try to drink their water.

The donkeys sometimes want to roam the whole 40 acres, but since there are gaps in the front I don’t want them to run all over the place. They are the protectors of the goats, so they need to be in the same coral as the goats. The donkeys will go after coyotes, and stomp them…so the dogs can’t be too close to the donkeys.

donkeysOn the days they do get out of the stall before I have the lead on them, I have to call their names and follow them all over until I catch them.

The goats are so adorable, and cause the least amount of problems. They do want to jump up on people so they can visit up close and personal.

Just the other day I was taking the dogs for their daily run. They run the whole perimeter of the 40 acre farm. Then they run back up to the house, or at least that is what they usually do. As they were coming back up the road, a coyote ran toward the creek bed. One of the dogs went after the coyote, and the other one looked back at me with a look…Mom, I gotta go with my sister. Off they went, I walked through the creek bed looking for them. Yelled their names, took the Kabota out looking for them. Took the car out to look for them. Yelled for them from the top of each hill.

Finally, after the 12 hours one of them arrives at the door. I made her some farm fresh eggs, and blew on each piece before I fed it to her. She was lying on her side as she ate each piece. The kids did not want to give up looking for the other dog. They would call her name, and they swore they heard her crying. It was really dark…we took the Kabota to the location where my son said he heard her crying. We went to the location, and there she was pacing back and forth. He lifted the barbed wire fence to allow her to come into our property.

This is day two of them being home. Since their escapade I have not heard any coyotes around, and the dogs have been napping most of the time. Like I said there is something happening everyday…never a dull moment.

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Eggs

We have 95 chickens. Some are hens, and we also have a few roosters. Our chickens are free range, so they run all over the farm. The bad thing is they poop on the porch. Really, that is the only thing I don’t like. I enjoy greeting them in the morning as I let them out the their coops. They follow me around as I carry the purple bucket full of food. I have to be very careful not to step on any of their toes.

I give them an organic pellet supplement. They usually run around eating grasses, and plenty of bugs. I also change and fill their water containers. They have to have clean places to sleep so I use pine shavings. The pine shavings along with the poo go to the worms in the worm bin. I am experimenting with the perfect moisture added to the bedding to get the worms excited about living in their new environment.

We get big eggs and some small, here is a comparison…big and smallThe science behind the nutrition of free range eggs is fascinating. If you think about it, it make sense. Birds on big farms are kept in a cage that is no bigger than an iPad. Our chickens enjoy walking and running, and hunting insects. The free range and cage free have less cholesterol, more vitamins, more omega 3. Our chickens are happy, and you can taste the sunshine in every egg.