Tag Archives: chicks

The gulag

Regular readers will recall that we got an order of day-old baby chicks in April, only to have them vanish overnight from our farm at the age of about five weeks (see blog dated Wednesday, May 13, 2015). We reordered another sixteen chicks, and they arrived on Saturday, June 13. Unlike the first group, who […]

A sweet surprise

This is the time of year when Mother Nature blesses the world with new life — not only with the lambs in our fields, but all around us. New green shoots come forth from old gray stems or rich black earth, and the fields are filled with newborn calves, foals, and kids frolicking in the […]

The lost colony

I remember reading in high school about the lost colony of Roanoke on Roanoke Island in what is now North Carolina. For those of you who might not remember, Roanoke was colonized by the British in 1587, when ships left 90 men, 17 women, and 11 children to establish a relationship with local native tribes […]


A couple of years ago, we left on vacation for a week and returned to find our entire flock of chickens eaten by a raccoon that had moved into the loft of our storage barn. Not only had it eaten all of our laying chickens, but it had also eaten many of our barn cats […]