Category Archives: Chickens


The worst part of blogging for me is giving a title to my posts… That’s where my writers block comes in hard and heavy (thank you for the suggestion, Linda!)  Anyway, I wanted to share a couple little tid-bits from our weekend. 

On Saturday and friend who started out as a customer came over to pick up her sheep.

The lovely Miss Francine was bred to our very handsome ram, Lancelot.  I can’t wait to see what they produce together.  Francine is a very pretty girl with a primitive build and a striking face.  Since her sire was a lilac, we have high hopes that the babies she carries are lilac as well.  Since that is a resessive gene, it is a bit like playing Russian roulette.

Speaking of lilacs, here is Miss Camille.  She will be a year old this spring and is joining Annette over at Daily Grace Farms.

And thirdly, this is Sicily, another yearling.  When my husband picked Sicily up to lift her in to Annette’s truck he said, “Wow, what a nice fleece!  I could snuggle with this one, she’s so soft!”  I love her face.   I hope and pray all three girls will be more than pleasing to their new owner.

Yesterday Annie and I went on a little hike to check on the pond.  We spooked the Canada geese almost immediately and they decided to take off.  The Cacklers and the Coots stuck around an entertained us with their funny antics.  The Coots were hilarious, chasing eachother around an basicly policing eachother and the geese just the same.  We also were amazed that this large pond is mostly frozen.  The geese had no problem walking on top of the ice but any of us, including our dog Penelope (who actually tried), would fall through in an instant.

Annie was very proud to carry her backpack with her baby animals, a water bottle, and a granola bar.  We stopped at her favorite tree to pretend “Milk Store Lady,” which translated means, “Starbucks Barista.” 

Then today I decided to take a picture of all the eggs that are stacking up in the refrigerator.  Currently we have about four dozen.  They make such pretty pictures… Can you tell I’m proud of my Farm Fresh Organic Eggs??

My favorite egg that I get is the one front and center, the chocolate chip egg.  It is laid by our Welsummer named “Welsie.”  Original, I know, but it fits.

Hope everyone out there in my blogosphere is doing well!

Winter Sunshine

Happy New Year, everyone.  I hope you’re all entering the new year truly blessed and enjoying life.  We’ve been enjoying (though a little worried about it), the beautiful sunshine we’ve had most the winter.  I really hate to complain about the sun, but I know what lies ahead if we continue without moisture.  Even our local mountains, the Trinity Alps, are with out snow still.

The chickens have certainly been enjoying the lovely weather, and actually continue to lay and begin laying (some from spring have just now started laying).  I’m getting eight eggs most days now (out of ten hens) which I think is pretty good being in mid-winter.


And through all of the clutter of the day, one of the most enjoyable times of the day is hanging with the chickens.  I love to bring the scraps, clean water (warm on frozen days), fill their food dishes and just talk with them.  Being a self-proclaimed “chicken hater” once upon a time, this is definitely a new leaf that has done turned over.  I used to only complain about their poo (which is wonderful for the garden I have now!) and how dirty they are.  Really and truly, they’re so much fun and not messy if you have a large enough area for the number of birds you have. 


Speaking of daily enjoyment, I really would like to blog more.  How frustrating not to!  I really miss it and am sincerely thinking of deleting my Facebook (personal) account so that I can not be distracted.  Most the time I am frustrated with it anyway, so why have it?  I would probably just put in a generic account so I can continue to maintain my Mud Ranch Page because that has been a huge success in marketing my sheep and their wares.  I’ve also been having a hard time thinking I need to be blogging ever day, but if I could set my goal to once a week, that would certainly give myself some release and not feel the pressure at the same time.  So many things keep me occupied lately, as in my husband and his work (I am their steel hauler), plus raising a four year old daughter, and taking on the newsletter for the JSBA (Jacob Sheep Breeder’s Assoc.).  But, with blogging, comes photos and I have certainly not been shooting a lot which is not fun at all.  I need to blog, so that I can shoot.  How’s all that for a New Year’s Resolution?  We’ll see how long it can last.


So here’s to a new year with new beginnings.  If you don’t see me on Facebook so much anymore… Maybe it’s because I’ll be here more often.


And of course, out there, where the girls are… rooting them on.  “Go Star!  Lay that egg!”

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