End of the Story

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Timber Rattlesnake

Last summer,  a serpent appeared on the farm.  A timber rattlesnake discovered by Jefferson the cat.   Keeping vigil, courageous cat held snake in strike pose for long minutes while the patriarch of HF retrieved the necessary means to end its sojourn around the chicken coop.  Reasoning With and Relocation were not viable options.   […]

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First lambs of 2013

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Jacob Lamb

Brena’s two ram lambs entered the world today around noon. Sensible timing. Jacob sheep often twin with occasional tripletts.  Last year Brena delivered two ewe lambs.  This year’s lambs, our third lambing season at HF, will all have names beginning with the letter “C” and so we  shall consult the list created by nieces, nephews […]

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Evaluating Rams

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It’s almost lambing season again and you cannot contemplate lambs without due consideration of a ram.  We kept 3 rams out of last year’s lambs and hope to register at least two of them.  This is Bradley who looks like a two horned ram but is most likely a fused four horn. Jacob sheep can […]

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Turkey Strut

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Narrangansett Tom Turkey

The turkeys at Hedgerow Farm are free to wander the farm throughout the day.  They prefer to be where ever the action is at the moment.  Cars, trucks, tractors, attract them.  They have hopped into open service vans,  perched on the roof of the electrician’s truck and remained so even while it was driving out […]

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Signs of Spring

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Jacob lamb and Carlton Daffodils

Lambs appear in springtime, at least around here they do.  Most will be found in the pasture.   Bilbo Baggins was just visiting.  The daffodils are Division II,  Carltons.  They do well in southeast. This we learned from Brent and Becky’s most wonderful catalogue.  more on daffodils another day.    

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Gift of Feral Pig

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When you live on a farm, people bring you gifts.  With teeth, or claws, or beaks.  Alive or dead. Sometimes we must say no thank you. This  feral pig appears cute, deceivingly so. We were not yet “pig tight” on our fencing.  Wilbur would have been wild and free again within hours of release into […]

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Tale of a Chipmunk

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Chipmunks on the farm are a common sight. Last week, I found a headless one in the mudroom, the larder of Jefferson the cat.  This chipmunk in the cherry tree is cute, intact, and vaguely familiar. We met earlier this morning, I’m sure of it. Sitting on the bench, lifting a boot to wear, I […]

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Sheep & Lambs

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The Jacob sheep flock at Hedgerow Farm grew by 17 lambs this year. From first of March, it was a month of morning, afternoon, and evening surprises as spotted lambs were discovered in one pasture or another. Mostly twins, one set of tripletts, and two singles born to first time mothers. Boaz, Beatrix, Bishop, Bella […]

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