Farm Journal

Posted 11/8/2008 10:10am by Renee Savary.

Growing up, in Switzerland, mandarines were not a common fruit and I will always remember that we, kids, usually got the first ones of the season in our gooddies bag for "La Saint Nicolas" which is on December 6.

In the bag besides the mandarines we would have peanuts and walnuts and of course "Biscome" another typically swiss gooddies.

Who would have thought that some 40ize years later I would grow mines living in the middle of peanuts country !!!!

The first 2 pictures were taken on October 15, the trees were loaded ...  

           Madarine 10 15 08 

                           Mandarine 10 15 08

and now is picking time ....

Mandarines are easy to pick and as you pick them you are surrounded by the most wonderfull orangy smell ...

                             Mandarine 11 07 08

                              mandarine 11 07 08

 

Posted 10/19/2008 11:47am by Renee Savary.

They are 5 weeks old, very small birds compare to the Dominiques or the Rhode Islands, very shy too. Almost impossible to take a decent pix of them ... they keep on running away from me. Very pretty birds ...

            Leghorn 5 w old

            Leghorn 5 w old

            Leghorn 5 w old

 

Posted 10/19/2008 11:35am by Renee Savary.

It has been a while since the last picutes it has been very busy around here  ... well as you can see on the pix the Dominiques and the Rhode Island Red are doing very well, they are now 10 weeks old ....

           Dom RI 10 w old

Breakfast time ...

           Dom RI 10 w old 

Dominique ....

            Dom RI 10 w old

Daily work ....

             Dom RI 10 w old   

 

 

 

Posted 9/28/2008 9:50am by Renee Savary.

I took those pictures a few days ago when they were just 10 days old.

           2nd flock 10 days

It took the previous flock a good two weeks to do the same thing .... !!!!

                                          Another queen of the water cooler .....

                           2nd flock 10 days roosting

They are already jumping out of the pool ... but they don't know how to get back in !!! ....  When one is in trouble he will call for help with this very loud cry and all the others are totally quiet ....

                                                        Visiting .....

             2nd flock 10 days visiting 

Posted 9/21/2008 6:14pm by Renee Savary.

Let me tell you something : pastured chickens are happy chickens !!!!

You should see them when I first open the door of their coop in the morning ... they run the whole length of their pasture at least 2 or 3 times stretching legs and wings ... they are hillarious to watch ... then they calm down and start getting seriously busy ...

Scratching and searching all day long ....

                            pasture

.... roosting ....

           Roosting

 snacking ... .

            Diner time   

 

6 weeks old Rhode Island Red ...

            RIR 6 weeks old

6 weeks old Dominique ...

            Dominique 6 weeks old 

 

 

 

Posted 9/17/2008 8:46am by Renee Savary.

This morning at 6:45am the post office called me, my baby chicks had arrived !!

I got a lot of emails about getting them through mail order. Here is a pix of the box ....

            Box

They are all bundled against each other to keep warm.

             Box open

 

They hatched on Monday and they can survive for a couple of days without feed or water. But let me tell you they are starving .... those have been out of the box for less than 5 minutes ....

            just in

The first 2 days I put the feed and the water in little plates that I find easier for them to access than the feeders, that also mean serious poopingscouping .. lol ..

They are Leghorn Light Brown :

http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/poultry/chickens/leghorn/index.htm

They are smaller than the ones I got but have a reputation of good layers (no pressure) and they produce white eggs.

            snacking already

 

 

Posted 9/12/2008 7:15am by Renee Savary.

After many months of hard work, I am very pleased to announce that our e-commerce is open for business.

We offer a line of 100% natural preserves that will change with the seasons.  Our preserves are made with whole fruit and organic sugar.


We are raising pastured chickens. Our chickens eat a certified organic feed without soy protein and any type of medications. We should have eggs available by December. Goats are coming next year.


Visit us often, we are working hard to bring you natural and healthy products and we will update our site often.


Thank you for your support,

Renee Savary

Posted 9/9/2008 9:15pm by Renee Savary.

They turned 4 weeks old yesterday and today I moved them to their first pasture !!!

                           4 weeks old / first pasture

Within a few minutes, they were already scraching and searching. For the first day I left them in their pen but I have surrounded it with a long electric fence so tomorrow I will let them out ....

They are growing fast and becoming much more friendly .. if picking at you is a sign of sociability in chickens world !!!

            4 weeks old / first pasture 2

 

Posted 9/1/2008 5:21pm by Renee Savary.

3 weeks old today and growing much faster than I thought, I have to keep up with housing facility !!! I moved them into a kind of large birdcage (10" x 6" x 4")  with the kid's pool inside where they like to go back at night .... They are still too young to be outside full time ....

Their feathers are growing very fast and they keep on stretching their wings ... they are very curious of their new environment, the other day when refilling the waterer I did not close the birdcage door properly within a minute i got 5 toddler chicks running wild ... It took me 45 minutes to catch all of them .. and a serious workout !!!

             Favorite spot

                     Queen of the water cooler

Posted 8/25/2008 8:28pm by Renee Savary.

We have grown a lot of feathers on our wings ....

            Two weeks old

 

so now we can roost ...

            We roost

 

We are starting "thinking" outside the box ...

                         we start thinking outside the box