Archive for February, 2011
As many of you know (and our new readers will soon learn), we’ve recently joined the ranks of “backyard chicken farmers”. I mentioned my initial desire to have about six chickens in order to provide enough eggs for us and the immediate family. Well, the hubby and the Dad decided if six was a good amount then NINETEEN would be a GREAT amount of chickens to have. Men!
Well, all of this has led to a MAJOR over-abundance of eggs and the addition of “farm fresh eggs” to the things that we are starting to sell here at MoonCat Farms. I am trying to get completely organized and making sure that everything is legal and by-the-book. One of the first things I started looking into is insurance coverage.
It is amazing how much information is out there and just how uninformed I am! I had no idea the different types of insurance I could or can’t get for our little operation. The green things we grow are covered in one area and the birds are a completely different ball game. I’ve learned things I could never have imagined ~ or wanted to imagine knowing. So for instance, do you know that along with credit scores there are also insurance scores? (I found an informative guide to insurance score in case you didn’t and would like to.) Needless to say, I’m doing more homework than anything else right now.
I’ve been filling out so much paperwork lately that I’m afraid I’m responsible for at least two trees being killed. I’ve always known that agricultural pursuits are highly regulated, but OMGosh! I have permantly cramped hands from filling out forms in duplicate and triplicate..blah blah blah… I’m nowhere near done either. Still have banking to go…
On a good note, we have happy chickens who are happily producing lovely eggs. LOTS and LOTS of eggs.
Have a great Wednesday my friends.
Wedgie had a lot of firsts this week – he was FINALLY weaned from his mama, he got his first big boo boo, his first haircut AND he had his first hoof trimming. All pretty much within 48 hours. Little guy’s world was turned upside down.
We had planned on weaning him a couple months ago, but the unbelievably wet weather the last two months made it difficult. We didn’t have any spare stalls or inside pens that were dry, so the pasture was the best place for him and his mama.
|Walking the Wedge|
|Boo Boo wrapped in blue|
|Wedgie’s 1st trim|
|Wedgie’s 1st haircut|
So that’s pretty much Wedgie’s traumatic week. He’s doing fine and starting to enjoy being in the middle of everything at the barn. He has already learned to pull the lid off of the grain bin as he goes by and tries to snag a mouthful of hay when passing the bales. One thing is for certain, Wedgie will be in the middle of things on a regular basis.
Pippi, aka Peepers, Rodent, Rat Dog, *&#@(&^, etc. recently shared her opinion of Mr. MoonCat while occupying the couch with him. I told him that it is unclear if she was commenting on his breath or his attempt at whistling. Could be a combination of both…
|What ARE you doing Daddy?|
|Ewwww, what IS that?|
|Make it STOP!!!|
Just a note, Mr. MoonCat CAN NOT whistle. It is a major cause for amusement around here as Pippi is demonstrating above. I have to call/whistle for the dogs (or he has to yell for them) because when he tries to whistle, the dogs all just look at him with their heads cocked to the side as if asking “Why is the air escaping from Daddy’s face while he turns blue? Why doesn’t he just have Mom whistle for us?”