For Blacky

In Memory of Blacky. I know we are told not to get attached to our farm animals, but when they choose to want to be around all of us, they get a very special place in our hearts. Blacky was found pulled under the fence up by the chicken coop Sunday afternoon. Possibly by a Weasel. We have been consumed with tearing roofing out of our dining room and grandkids play room to insulate for winter. Around lunch, I realized I had not seen Blacky or Rocky, nor had I heard the Crow of Our Handsome Roosters. Each morning they would greet us with a few rounds of Cock-A-Doodle-Doo, then walk around the farm looking for bugs. They loved to walk with my dad several times each day and night when he gets fresh air and sunshine. They hung out when the grandkids played on their bikes and trampoline. Walked casually among our three dogs. Blacky was the leader, and Rocky will find his way. He was spotted yesterday chasing a bug. Blacky was more laid-back and gentle. I will miss seeing him peeking in the side door. :)Jen

First farm year full of beautiful times

Memories of our first year with family and friends on New O’Hana Farm, TN are playing a happy tune of https://youtu.be/qM1YMeDsc-M Owl City When Can I See You Again? From Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph πŸ™‚ When can we do this again? The lyrics talk of learning to fly and leaving to explore, but wondering when we can gather together again.

To ALL 12 of our grandbabies, family, and friends! Welcome to the farm. VISIT STAY PLAY EXPLORE BUILD MEMORIES AND KNOW YOU ARE LOVED

Moving our belongings in to each room. Picking out new furniture. Painting one of our family rooms and the Green’s Lab. Clearing out the barn of the most straw bales I have ever been around. The fun of picking, buying, and raising our dogs, goats, and chickens. We have enjoyed exploring our woods and land several times during the day and night! Holidays, Birthdays, Weekends, Card Night, spent cooking and talking together, building memories with photos, sleepovers, bonfires, great food, and wonderful people!

For all our grandchildren and children, family and friends, thank you for all your hard work, love, and spending time with us! Happy Autumn!! Let’s finish this year with a lot more of the same! :)Jen

Processing Our Geese and Ducks

Last weekend was a first time experience for us on New O’Hana Farm, TN. The calendar was marked to process our geese and ducks. Ten geese and four ducks were taken from their yard Saturday morning and that afternoon, sealed in bags for our freezer.

While the catch and slaughter was beginning early that day, I sanitized the whole kitchen, and our youngest daughter’s three children wanted to see first hand the whole process. Their ages range from nine years old to three. They showed interest through to the end, and loved seeing that this helped fill our freezers, and our tables during holidays.

While we sealed the packages, the oven was baking our “Christmas in July Meal”, the Christmas Goose.

On the stove was a large pot of stock bubbling for the freezer also. The stock can be used in our meals that call for chicken or beef stock. The aromas were pleasantly rich! Eggs boiled for deviled eggs, and homemade mashed potatoes were creamy and buttery.

Our table was set in our pretty china and beautiful cut glass, as my dad thanked the Lord for His love and many blessings. Amen We truly enjoyed working as a team, preparing for our future together on New O’Hana Farm, TN :)Jen

Who Wants Take-Out? No One’s Counting Duck.

“Who wants a Duck Supper?” asks Mr Weasel. His little family all seated around their cedar stump table, bibs on, fork and knife, up. Dancing in their seats, they lick their lips. Leaving the woods, merrily, Mr. Weasel skips through the tall field grass. Arriving at New O’Hana Farm, he easily slips under the fence. Tiptoeing past the giant geese, he sees the duck, selecting his prey. Back under the fence, he smells bigger predators slinking about. Careful to carry his families take-out for the night, he makes it home without even dropping a feather. Or, so he believes!

Every morning as the sun is rising brilliantly over the small mountains, we are feeding and watering our goats, dogs, and fowl that include geese, ducks, and chickens.

Photos of our Chicken Coop have shown that we have fences, locks, netting above their heads, and tree trunks along the bottom of the actual Chicken House.

To the side, and attached to The Chicken Coop, is a large yard where our geese and ducks live. On the North side, is a regular fence with logs and metal siding is secured with extra fencing and metal large staples to hold everything in and try to discourage coyote, weasels, possums, and raccoons to stay out. We have large, old, trees that run the fence on the west side, so some of the animals I listed can climb easily over.

Upon counting our ducks, and it was obvious before when even started counting them, we had lost one. Then another, and another. Each evening a thief would get under a couple of places in the fence, and have a Pekin Duck Supper. We thought something was coming over the fencing. To look around the yard, the small openings carved out by an animal were not obvious till we walked the grounds. Could it have been a weasel? Whatever it was, this varmint seems to work alone, taking a duck a night.

Fingers crossed and saying nightly prayers for protection, we have the same amount of ducks for a week now.

There will always be daily trials and tribulations. Knowing this, here are some pretty and fun photos. Positive and happy thoughts. May they fill your day! :)Jen

Keeping Mikey

From the beginning, we knew there was something special about one of our Pekin Ducks. She could not stand up, her little webbed feet turning in. She scooted around on her hocks and fell on her face. Her blacks eyes would look up at me, as she tried to hobble away. It broke my heart to think she would struggle with the other ducks as they left The Nursery and entered The Aviary.

When the Pekin Ducks first came to The Nursery, they were in large totes. Heat lamps were used for the first week, and once in awhile on super cold nights, temperatures dipping down to 32 degrees.

Quickly all the ducks and the geese went in to a fenced enclosure, with more room to grow feathers out of their soft downy fluff. The Pekin Ducks began to turn from a soft yellow, to snowy white. Except, we had to make a decision about Mikey.

From the moment we noticed she could not walk, there was another duck our oldest daughter named Meep-Meep. When we would clean and water their area, Meep-Meep would come at us, positioning herself between Mikey and us! Meep-Meep was the Guard Duck for Mickey πŸ™‚

When we would enter The Nursery, Meep-Meep would see us and start making the meep meep sounds, thus how she was named. She would even make the sounds when we were unlocking the door, almost as if saying hello! We decided to let Mikey and Meep-Meep stay together in one of the large totes as companions for about a week, then Meep-Meep went in to the fenced enclosure.

This brought up the question of what to do with Mikey? There was a family that took in ducks with leg problems. They already had 3 ducks with the same deformity as Mikey.

One night, as I cleaned her area, I told my husband I had named her Mikey after my brother, Michael, who was handicapped. Michael had passed away right before my husband and I had met. I thought Mikey would be the perfect name whether our duck was male or female.

When I shared my reason for her name, he said Mikey would have her own place to live her life her on our New O’Hana Farm, TN. She lives close to The Aviary, separated by her new friends in The Chicken Coop. The chickens sit by the fence and gently cluck and coo to her. Their sounds reassuring her, as Mikey grows and lives her life at her own pace. You can see our English Bulldog, Daisy Gentle Lee, loves to listen to their sounds. I wonder if she knows what they are saying to one another? :)Jen