chickens

Eggs: do 2 a day = longevity?

In the news this week were stories about two ladies who happened to be the oldest living folks on the planet. 

Sadly, Susannah Mushatt Jones passed away. She was 116. Her successor, Emma Morano, lives in Italy and is also 116.

A common link between these two amazing women, aside from being the last folks on the planet born in the 1800s, is EGGS.

That’s right. Eggs. Both ladies supped on a healthy breakfast of eggs each and everyday.

It’s never too late to start…so I’m happy to report that dad and I worked this weekend to get the chicken coop ready for action!

We worked diligently. Dad was on a mission (he prefers eggs with bacon, but Wilbur is off limits).

We had close snoopervision, of course.

But we got it done except for a few tiny finishing items.

Best boxes. We’ll build more, but for now, these will accommodate the 8 laying hens we’re getting from our neighbors.

The roost above a poo catcher shelf.

The door out (will go to a run and into the garden):

The plan is to use deep litter and electrified fencing (for rotational foraging and teaching dogs no touchy any chickies!!!!).

So there ya have it. 8 layers are coming to us soon. We retro fitted an existing building using scrap woods and recycled items. Eventually, we will expand the flock. We’ve room to grow in the coop. For now, it’s a good start. 

Time to get into the eggs-for-breakfast habit. Who knows how long that will grant us!

Farm-sitting

Howdy, folks. This week we bring you an update NOT from Pear Tree Hill Farm but from Hoof Hearted Farm instead. This week, we are farm-sitting for a young couple we met at the Palisades…and boy, what a great week for them to be away from the burgs! Record setting cold temps, snow, ice.

Hoof Hearted Farm

Hoof Hearted Farm

Yep. Pretty good time for a vacation.

Ready for Breakfast

Ready for Breakfast

Hoof Hearted Farm is situated in the Tom’s Creek Basin, just outside the Town of Blacksburg. On nearly 16 acres, these good folks are all about land stewardship, animal well-being and quality products (pasture-raised raw dairy, Dexter beef, and goats). We appreciate their trust in us to tend to their livestock and property!

Field goats

Field goats

What a great adventure we are having, too. The puppies have learned all about electric fencing (took two days to learn that getting zapped is no fun), I’ve learned how to milk cows, and I’ve gotten to hang out with some beautiful animals.

What's in the barn?

What’s in the barn?

Baaa

Baaa

So, today’s collection of photos are from our temporary farmstead; from this morning when Jordan worked the tractor to clear the 9+ inches of snow to our afternoon “someone else’s” pasture walk for some exploration of the property.

Watching "dad" work the tractor

Watching “dad” work the tractor

Keep warm! Spring is just around the corner, but for now, enjoy the peace and beauty of this fresh new snow.

Hunting must go on

Hunting must go on

Stop, hey, what's that sound? Everybody look what's going down

Stop, hey, what’s that sound? Everybody look what’s going down

Exploring Tom's Creek

Exploring Tom’s Creek