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New Additions to the Farm

Earlier this month we added several new additions to our farm. We now have two young rabbits, named Lilly and Max. Female rabbits are called does, males are called bucks. We also have several new chicks and some ducklings. The chick varieties include ringneck pheasants, plus these types of chickens:  top hat polish chickens, Silkies, Ameraucana (they lay greenish blue eggs), and Welsumer (lay chocolate brown eggs). The ducks are runner ducks, one type we've raised for a few years on the farm. You'll be able to see some of these animals when you visit the farm.

Lilly and Max check out their new surroundings.

Nellie welcomes the new arrivals






Here are the new ringneck pheasant chicks. They keep warm under the heat lamps.

Runner ducks and lots of baby chicks which are starting to take on adult characteristics










This special brooder box provides a warm shelter, food, and water for the young birds.


Welcome to our new website!

We are starting to get ready for our 2010 season. The seed is being ordered and the animals are anxiously awaiting green grass in their pasture. The ducks, geese, and turkeys are starting to prepare for spring egg laying. A few of our ducks have already laid eggs. The donkeys and goats are starting to shed and will look forward to being brushed soon. Within the next couple of months Abe, our sheep, and Diesel and Hummer, our alpacas will be sheared. Our 9th corn maze is being designed and will be a fun adventure once again this year. Please come back and visit us soon for another Back 40 update!