In 2021, we needed to start a new laying flock. Living off-grid with only a small amount of solar power, we needed to learn how to brood chicks with very little- or preferably zero- electricity. We saw kerosene set-ups to provide heat. In pondering over it though, for one thing, Krystal is highly sensitive to [...]
Vultures have been visiting the Ranch recently. On this particular morning, these two alighted upon the 100' tall lightning strike pine tree behind the cabin to sun and preen themselves. Needless to say, the Sheppies did not appreciate their presence! I'm not sure how I feel about them myself. On one hand, they are nature's [...]
The melodic songs of the mountain bluebird and larks have returned as the voice of spring in our highland mountain home. And last week, we spotted the first Swallowtail, Spring Azure, and Mourning Cloak butterflies. There are lots of baby animals on the Ranch: Alpine goat kids, Shetland lambs, Delaware and Australorp chicks; with Satin [...]
Here are just a few of the adorable new Shetland lambies. It is so much fun to watch them play- we call it Lamb Olympics!
We are back in green this year with the kitchen garden! We can hardly wait to reap the benefits on the dinner plate. For the past few years, we have not had a vegetable garden- the raised beds weren’t finished, not enough water, other projects became a priority, etc. Over the winter, Krystal was introduced [...]
On March 20, 2021, a batch of new chicks arrived on the ranch! Being that we have yet to find a breed that fits what we’re looking for in a sustainable homestead flock, we decided to try two new heritage breeds: Delaware and Australorp (the blue variety.) We are also using some techniques to brood [...]
We live with three "senior" dogs now- Fahey, Ailagh, and Niamh. Time sure flies by. To look in their face or watch them run, you'd never know it! That is the power of Natural Rearing. Here is a great article with tips for living with a senior dog- https://twohunnyz.wixsite.com/rawnaturopathy/post/keeping-your-senior-dog-fit
We have always said that Natural Rearing is not a panacea. Things happen because there is environmental pollution completely out of our control. At the end of January 2021, we discovered a hard mammary tumor on Siobhan. Her behavior, energy, appetite, and mood were perfectly normal. The tumor was not there two months prior to [...]
Can it really be so long since I last posted? Apparently so. As you can guess, it's been busy on the Ranch. Life in general get's that way! We've dealt with personal health challenges, installed a septic system, welcomed another granddaughter into the family, raised a litter of Havanese puppies, and survived a pandemic... among [...]
Due to all of the restrictions surrounding Covid-19, we will not be having any English Shepherd litters this year. Things have been so uncertain and we just did not want to take the chance of puppies not being to reach their new homes. Thank you for understanding!