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P.O. Box 190
Fly Creek, NY 13337

Happy Goats…..Happy Chickens….Happy Farm!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer came in like a Tsunami this year. The wetness kept everyone inside and  fighting off the slugs. Fortunately  we entered  what you would  call our typical upstate NY summer weather…. 70’s, sunshine and a  relaxing breeze on the top of the  knolls. Olga and Olaf are enjoying the  feeling of being cashmere  free for a while with shiny  beautiful coats. We are about to welcome three new cashmere goats ,  Vina,  Gwen and  Giselle in into our barnyard family. This means  more pasture fencing and a  new barn. It also means more cashmere! With any luck from the fertility  Gods we’ll have some kids in the spring .

I have enjoyed having the time to sit and watch the chickens . The new lavender and white orphingtons  from Hinks  are magnificent.  Nothing causes you to stop and slow down in  this  busy life more then  summer on a small farm. There  is so much to see. Chores consume  much of  our time . However, the real gift is  just slowing down to watch and join the experience of the animals, the garden  and all that surrounds us. No cell phones , computers,  or  people. Just the barnyard and it’s simple balance.

Lavender Orphingtons ….. my favorite color

Who wouldn’t want a lavender chicken! Most chicken breeds offer this color but the English Lavender orphington  is quite a sight. Not only is this breed winter hardy but  their feathers  truly look lavender in the sun. Our lavender orphington Princess Di was sent here from a breeder in the mid west and will hopefully breed with  some of  the  Hinckley lavenders that we hatched last Spring. The princess is accompanied by  of course with none other then  Prince Charles ……

 

Di in her younger days

 

 

Our Winter Wonderland on the Farm

 

 

 

 

Winter brings its own set  of  challenges in taking care of our animals, but it also offers a beautiful clean blanket of snow  to make them  seem even more amazing. Of course it helps to be a cashmere goat  during sub zero temperatures.  They love to roll in the snow and often look like  abominable snow goats during blizzards with snow stuck to them. Winter brings  peace and  serenity  to our small  homestead.

 

 

 

Laugh of the Day

In order to survive in this crazy world you have to find a good laugh or a friend who can provide one. Well farm life hands you plenty of laughs each day. I will share our laugh of the days here on Hulse Hill Farms and hopefully you too will find your own throughout the day!