A farmer’s musings on chickens, pigs and poop.

We gained 100 and some odd new farm family members this week with the arrival of our day old chicks on Wednesday.

Little chickeys arrived in a box, segregated, a little stressed and chilly.

If you are a fan of us on Facebook you may have already guessed that we’re sort of obsessed with them. They’re so fluffy and they make the cutest little peeps.

Hey there little fluffball.

So cute actually that we don’t even mind that we’ve been cleaning their poopy butts all week. No joke…sometimes baby chicks get what’s called “pasting” which is where their poop gets stuck to their bums and can block everything up (potentially lethal if you don’t take care of it in a timely manner).

Farmer Pat gently cares for the poor little lady at our chick aid station.
Farmer Pat gently cares for this poor babe at our chick aid station.

All cuteness aside, they serve an important function on our farm. In a few weeks we’ll be moving them outside onto pasture where they will we rotated around our fields. They’ll be eating, scratching at the soil and pooping lots. Their manure will help to fertilize our future veggie growing areas. Anyone who has ever purchased organic compost to fertilize a large growing area ($$$bling) can appreciate why some livestock is such a valuable asset to the small, mixed farming operation.

Around late August they will start laying eggs, adding to our revenue stream and giving us product to sell year round.

Future egg layers right there.

We’ve also purchased three Tamworth pig gilts that will be delivered later next week. If all goes well, they will be our breeding stock for our small herd of pasture raised hogs. Similar to the chickens they’ll be working double time, rooting, digging and helping to revitalize pastures as well as pooping lots – giving us great material to add to our own compost pile.

Some Tamworths - I stoled this from Wikipedia.
Some Tamworths – I stole this pic from Wikipedia.

So, while rest assured that we will be posting many, many adorable photos of the animals that are soon to be on our farm, it’s not all about the cuteness (although that is certainly a bonus). For those of you who enjoy eating the aforementioned farm products, we’ll have eggs ready for purchase through our CSA program and from the farm gate in late summer, pork in the fall, and a small amount of chickens and thanksgiving turkeys this year.

On another note, Happy Easter! We hope you’re all having a great weekend with at least one delicious dinner.

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