….make delicious stock! About a month ago, we bought a side of beef from a local farmer. Three hundred and twenty pounds of cow later, this is what we picked up from our friendly butcher: The bottom tray is full of bones. Four bags turned into stock, six more to go. Meanwhile, the hens’ arses [...]
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Nathan and I picked them up at the airport yesterday–a box full of fluffy day-old chicks. We drove with them in the backseat listening to their relentless peeping, which sounded more like cheesy laser sound effects from a 90s video game than the sounds of tiny chickens. Is it odd to order our chickens from [...]
Pussy willows: Chickens helping us work fresh nutrients into the garden: Fencing for goats (something tells me this will be an infinite task): Sorting the wool harvest! I think this is Clementine: And, because this IS Alberta… the occasional snowstorm.
During cold winter nights, the chickens stay warm by huddling close on their roosts and puffing out their feathers. The older cats, who dislike each other, hole up in their luxurious straw and alpaca fleece-lined boxes. The goats lay as close together as possible, and our new surprise kitty? She keeps warm all night long [...]
“One swallow does not make a summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of the March thaw, is the spring.”–Aldo Leopold, Sand County Almanac I saw my first geese of the year two weeks ago, on our way home from work right before the awful March blizzards. They were flying high above the [...]
These days, we often find the chickens outside, huddled on their little straw-covered porch. They look a bit dazed, as if they’ve just come out of a very long nap. They peck at the ground and little piles of snow stick to their beaks. This black one with the Araucana tufts on the sides of [...]