The Highs and Lows of Farming

I’m reminded of that huge peak in a large roller coaster – you go up, up, up, up and up, then you drop like a rock and go through a couple loopty-loops!

High: We processed our chickens and have gotten some pretty positive feedback about them!

High: The baby Barred Rocks and turkeys are really growing and thriving!

High: The first quail hatch are in the flight pen and are flying really well.

High: The weather has been fabulous, which enabled our late garden to take off.

High: The sunflowers are growing well, especially where the egg layers have been.

Low: A storm came in Monday and flipped the roof off of the porch on the Man Cave, broke the chimney and scattered debris all around the house.

Loopty-Loop: It also flipped that doggone Eggmobile – AGAIN! Snapped the 2X4 braces in half. We lost 6 of our hens this time, plus all the day’s eggs.

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It blew from the east which was bizarre since the storm was moving west to east. There were some rotating cells in the area, so who knows whether it was straight line winds or a small bit of twister action. Ah, well. It could have been much worse. I suppose it takes the lows to make you really appreciate the highs! We still wouldn’t trade what we are doing!

12 responses to “The Highs and Lows of Farming

  1. At our local market producers meeting the apple guy sort of matter of factly commented that the frost this spring killed his entire peach and pear crop. I asked him later how he could present that so calmly…and he smirked and said calm happens after a while….a long while.
    You’d be proud of me…last Sunday I helped process 10 chickens at a small local farm that had sold them to a great restaurant here in our town that tries to use local foods. I’ll write about it after we go eat Sunday brunch there. *G*

  2. That’s too bad about the eggmobile going over again, sounds like quite the freak wind. The roller coaster is a great analogy…I think Joel Salatin once commented he never needed the thrill of an amusement park, farming produced more than enough excitement for him.

  3. Hang in there – what you are doing is very worthwhile and helping to heal our planet. I think of you often as I volunteer for The Shift Network’s program called The Spring of Sustainability … it’s all about going green and you are contributing immense value – thank you!

  4. I would love to see more/learn more of your eggmobile. Is it portable (and if so, on wheels or sleds) and approximately how many layers will it accomodate? Thanks!

    • It is on sleds. I don’t know the specifics, but they are either 4×4’s or 6×6’s. It is 8 feet wide and 16 feet long with two windows and a door on each end. He put cables through on each end of the sleds for pulling. We’ve had as many as 50 hens in it with plenty more room on the roost bars and floor. It was designed to hold 100 birds. There are 18 nest boxes and room for up to 20 more on the other end. There are little doors on the putside that allow us to reach in to get eggs. Those are pretty convenient. He made the roof slanted with a metal roof and put a gutter on the lower side with the intention of rain water running off into a barrel, which would feed into bell waterers. But the first time it flipped over, the gutter got smashed and he hasn’t had time to replace it. There are some pictures on Facebook of inside and out during and after construction.

  5. We’re right there with you. Rollercoasters that only go down aren’t much fun. I’m ready for some up.

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