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Sand Hill Thicket

Tales of stunning sunsets, happy sheep, and peace and quiet on a 10-acre farm in Northeastern Kansas.

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Fully Loaded Mulberry Tree

We've started picking the mulberries. Our ginormous mulberry tree is fully loaded. The first fruits were made into mulberry scones this morning. Here they are, those yummy mulberries. Yes, the little green stems are soft and fully edible - we... Continue Reading →

It’s Another New Year

We've been in the deep freeze since our first snow on Friday night, bottoming out at a wind chill of -7°F. The chickens are so cold they haven't come down out of their houses for more than a minute to... Continue Reading →

Three French Hens (Ducks)? – Blogmas Day 3

I noticed a shell-less duck egg about a week ago rolling around in the bottom of the duck coop. I thought, the ducks have started laying eggs! BeepBeep, the Icelandic chicken (who we are pretty sure is a rooster), noticed... Continue Reading →

A Typical Morning In The Barnyard…

Here's what my barnyard looks like on a typical morning. It's a bit crazy here. What's your typical morning barnyard/garden/backyard look like? I've been letting Clove, my 2021 bottle lamb, come and graze the clover around the barnyard while I... Continue Reading →

The Moult Begins

It's that time of year again! When the feathers fall, eggs slow or stop coming altogether, and hens start to look like they have mange or have been attacked by marauding raccoons. Don't worry - it's just feather regeneration time!... Continue Reading →

I’ve About Had It With Birds…

Every day I have to let my big male siamese cat, Ermine, into the master bedroom so he can get up on his carpeted cat tree and watch "birbs" out the window. It's the only window in the house with... Continue Reading →

Ewes Go Bush Cutting

When we lived on the U.S. Territory of Guam, the locals would use the carabao to "do bush cutting". Back stateside, we would probably refer to that as weed whacking and we would use a weed whacker. Well, here on... Continue Reading →

Duck Egg Lockdown Begins!

Day 22: All Alone

It is looking more and more like the one chick that hatched is going to be all alone! We've left the three remaining eggs we thought were viable on lockdown in the incubator. Tomorrow will be day 23 and we... Continue Reading →

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