Hawk Attack — Chicken First Aid

I came home last Monday to find our tiny Sultan hen, “Shorty”, wedged in a bloody heap between some stones in the coop area. A red-tailed hawk attack, in all likelihood. Despite the fact that I struggle with a not-so-mild touch of vasovagal syncope, I was able to get Shorty inside (still alive) and flush…

gus preparing nesting box

New Year Kits on the Way

                  We were anticipating a litter or two actually on New Year’s day, but alas Mother Nature follows her own schedule. A month ago we orchestrated five matings amongst our Mini Lop, Lionhead, Rex, and French Lop rabbits. So far, Helia (one of our Lionhead does) and Gus Gus (one of our Rex does)…

A Hope of Springtime Kids

The holiday season is upon us, bringing cheer and unseasonably warm weather. Taking advantage of both this as well as Clover’s standing heat and amorousness for her lovely buck — we let Clover and Dusty finally be reunited (if only for a few minutes) in the hopes of a litter of Nigerian Dwarf goat kids come mid-May 2016!

ducks feeding

Odd, but Admirable Ducks

Despite their seemingly goofy and chaotic nature, our ducks appear to have a lovely community mentality for sharing their morning feed. They approach the feeding trough, move down then out, and finally circle back around again. Fascinating.  

Not the greatest of weeks

It’s been an emotionally rough week of the full “blood” moon for us here at The Menagerie Farm. Our lovely cat Scout went missing on Sunday evening (we fear the worst at this point as the coyotes have been circling close lately); and our Rex rabbit Honey Bunny died during the birthing of her kits…

A First Litter of Rabbits at The Menagerie Farm

32 days ago we placed our Rex doe “Hidden Acres Gus Gus” into our Rex buck “Hidden Acres Tansy’s” cage and let them do their natural thing… well sort of. Two-year old Tansy didn’t know what to do precisely. Laura had to keep taking him off of Gus Gus’s head and orienting him toward her rump.…

Washing a Yurt Roof…

… when you don’t have access to running water and a garden hose (with typical water pressure) takes a bit of timing with mother nature. This weekend brought 80-degree weather and torrential thunderstorms — an ideal situation for washing our roof and outside walls. Yes, scrubbing by hand. The yurt roof is made of a…

Grape Arbor—Some Home Brewing In Mind

Over the long, cold, New York winter we took to learning how to make wine and brew hard cider ourselves. The wine was from a kit, the hard cider from store-bought unfiltered juices. Now that we have a reasonable introductory understanding of both processes, we’ve decided to begin growing our own grapes for the wine fermentation.…

Composting Hacienda

It’s been just a year now since we moved full-time into our simple red yurt. With that is a year of kitchen compost, humanure from our composting toilet and lovable loo, as well as hay and manure from our increasing animal inhabitants. Based on a design in The Humanure Handbook by Joseph Jenkins, we’ve erected a composting…