Consider Bardwell Farm


Chicken Trickin’ and Truckin’
March 24, 2012, 11:08 am
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It’s time for the chickens to move – they’ve fallen in love with our kidding barn. To our annoyance, they’re prone to loafing around and nesting in the hay of our kids’ pens. So we trucked the biddies down to a lower pasture in our first attempt at chicken diversion. But their new spot was too close to their original haunts – they returned to the kidding barn and were back to their old antics in no time. They even stayed past sundown and we were tasked with nighttime chicken catching to get them back into their coop. Our final solution: driving them to one of our farthest pastures right next to our pigs. Now that’s some good chicken trickin’.



Winter on the Farm
March 6, 2012, 4:09 pm
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Our pregnant does on a very cold, wintery morning.



Finally
December 8, 2011, 6:23 pm
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It’s been almost a month since we built the pig house, and with the exception of a couple wimpy little rains, we really haven’t felt the gratification of seeing the shelter shelter. But last night it finally happened! A full day of rain followed by several inches of snow last night. It took a lot of motivation to rouse the porks for a photoshoot. Grunty, groany, and indignant, they once again nailed me with one squinting eye.

 

 



THE DAY IS DONE
November 23, 2011, 12:26 am
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At the end of the day, after evening milking is finished and everything is cleaned up, we feed the milking herd their supper. In the summertime, this means walking them through the barnyard, over the bridge and into a new paddock of pasture. When the growing season has ended, the milkers stay in the barn and eat the hay that we spend all summer harvesting. Whether walking to pasture or breaking open leafy, sweet-smelling bales of second cutting, this is one of the most satisfying parts of  my day.

-Alex

 



Pig Scratch
November 15, 2011, 11:13 pm
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Pig Chalet
November 15, 2011, 6:44 pm
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Alex built the Hereford pigs a chalet to hunker down in for the winter. They quickly christened it with a good scratch.  Photos were taken within minutes of the chalet’s arrival in their pasture (note the muddy patches next to the door).

“The pig, like as not, will nail you with one squinting eye.” -Dirk Van Loon, Small Scale Pig Raising



CATCH UP!
November 1, 2011, 1:53 pm
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On the whiteboard in our milking parlor I have a list of things I want to blog about. The idea is that I will take some photos, go home after evening milking, and do a blog post. I am, however, very ineffective at achieving this! Enjoy some photos from blog posts never-to-be!