Ole Lake Farm is a special place in north central Minnesota. It has been the privilege of three generations of the Flowers family to live, work, hunt, and play on this land since 1966. We grow a small amount of produce like pumpkins and some grain each year, like corn and wheat, as well as raise chickens, goats,and pigs. We also manage our forest to produce lumber for construction projects and heat for our home.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Terrific Tuesday, and News from the Coop
Another absolutely beautiful day to be home.I haven’t actually made it out to the garden
yet, except to harvest some onions for my salad, but I’ll get there.
First off, a chicks update.There are six healthy, fluffy, and totally adorable little ones.We made a little fence out the front of the
coop so Old Blue (she is now wearing a blue legband) can take them out for
foraging lessons.When we first started
doing this with hens and chicks, we worried about the cats helping themselves to a chick buffet, but hens are very good at taking care of
chicks, so no problem there.
Almost as cute as goat kids!
And, in other news from the coop, we have a third broody
hen! Yahoo!This is a mutt hen that I purchased
last fall, and she was probably destined for the crock pot this fall… but her fate
has changed and she has probably earned herself a pretty long life.I’m not sure what her lineage is, but she’s
passably close enough in looks to my Rhode Island Reds that I will keep her and
add her to my breeding flock.Hopefully,
some of her chicks will get the broody trait too.I would really like my flock to be self
sustaining some day.
Dedicated to the task at hand... er... claw...
So, this is Brandy.
I think this is his first appearance or mention in the blog.He has been part of our family for many
years, but recently we have concluded that both of our horses would be better
off with a different home.This is
really a tough thing for us, but it is the right thing to do.I am hoping that Huckleberry can find a place
with someone who can train him up and use his speed and power from some gaming
or maybe trail riding.Brandy here will
hopefully become a good family horse for someone else.
Kori and I saddled him up today for the first time in a
couple of years.Honestly, it went so
much better than I expected.I was
prepared for a tantrum… “what, a saddle?” … but really he was most cooperative
and we had a nice little walk around the pasture.
OK.Lunch break is
over, I am out to the garden.Ihope to give you a garden tour one of these days, so
I had better get after those weeds!