We have a hen that was born to be a momma hen. She has tried so hard to have her own batch of chicks. The first round this year ended in sorrow. She sat on her eggs for a very long time, much longer than needed to hatch, and we eventually had to remove her from her nest in the hay loft and dispose of her mostly rotten eggs. A sort of sad day for all.
Not long after that, we found her, once again, in the hay loft on a bunch of eggs, 18 to be exact. We didn't have much hope for success as there is 1 lone rooster to about 35 hens. Odds aren't very good that her eggs are fertile. We decided to let her try again...without getting the kids excited. We explained that it probably wouldn't happen, but we'd give her a chance.
As of yesterday, she had six chicks hatched!! And when we checked on her today, there were six more!! Six eggs left to go, we'll see what happens.
So proud of our momma hen and all her little babies. She's doing such a great job taking care of them all, and allowing us to be a part of it. Very cool experience for all of us here. :)
When you farm like we do (very diverse operation) it is easy to get caught up in the race to be the first one to market with a particular product (i.e. Cucumbers). I have to admit we have in the past been one of the racers..... Sometimes we win, sometimes we don't. But since we have been farming in Vassalboro we have realized one thing for certain..... Our racing career is over. Our soils are a silt loam with a clay subsoil. What does this mean? It means our soils are very slow to warm up..... This does not help us win the race, so we will be the tortoise (and we all know how the tortoise fares in the end!)........ But I promise..... Squash and cucumbers (along with a smattering of other warm weather veggies) are on their way!! Maybe even for next weeks CSA pickup. Well keep you posted!
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )