For the past three weeks two of our yard birds have been "gettin' broody". They're both extremely dedicated. The silkie, named Sassafras, or Sassy for short, will go for days without getting off the nest. The guinea, Lady Guinea, gets off everyday to eat and drink. Lady Guinea also stays highly alert and will fly at you if you come near. Sassy enters what I call "monk mode" and does not open her eyes. She just sits there completely still so she can preserve all of her energy. If you try to pick Sassy up she will puff up and make a harmless attempt to peck at you. Lady Guinea, on the other hand, will tear you up. Talons out, flying at your face. Both have lost a lot of weight on their mission to hatch some babies.
One of the first things that pops out of guest’s mouths when they visit the farm is an idea about something we could be doing. Farms are very inspiring and we go through the same thing all the time. Multiple times per day one of us will blurt out something like, “Hey, we should totally be doing [this]!”. Followed by, “and we could label it this way and have marketing for it this way” and so on. When you look out at the land there are endless possibilities.
So how do you decide which paths to pursue and which to forget about?
Is the Enterprise Scalable?
There comes a time in every goat's life when this essential skill is learned... HEADBUTTING! Willow's lessons have begun at the hands of the four 7-month-old Nubians. Here is one of her first attempts with Blackstrap Becky as sparring partner:
In actuality, this should be titled making something out of a giant bramble of blackberry, honeysuckle, wild rose and poison ivy.
When we first found our place it had been uninhabited for over 2 years. With 35+ inches of rainfall per year things can grow pretty fast. Needless to say, we've found many "buried treasures". Or should I say, "the goats have found many buried treasures".