|We're adopting a few of these Barred Rock chickens from a neighbor.|
|Bard rock chicks.|
We've organized a rescue operation for 20 "spent hens" out toward Lowville; birds who've spent their first year of life laying more than 250 eggs before being discarded when their level of "productivity" declines. The hens who did nothing but lay eggs usually end up in soups, pot pies, dog food, or similar low-grade chicken meat products.
We'll be rescuing about 20 hens from their soup-pot fate at the end of May. The birds are classic bantam whites, who look like this:
We're also being given a few Ameraucanas, who lay pastel-colored eggs:
Laughing Goat Fiber Farm. We're likely opting for cashmere bucks (pictured above), who we'll take care of and who will clear brush for us in return. We'll shear them once a year and spin cashmere yarn, available for sale and also for knitting and crocheting workshops. The goats will be joining us in June. Check out how cute the babies are:
We'll be housing the goats in the old pig barn on the property, which Matt managed to empty last week. We'll need to add batten strips, replace windows, do a little demo, build stalls, and get a thick layer of hay on the ground:
Stay tuned for more photos of the shed project, upcoming chicken coop construction, and arrival of our new roomies!