Sunday, February 26, 2012

Farm Update

Our 25 mature hens are now laying an average of 20 eggs a day!  Today they set a new record of 23.  We passed our egg producer inspection last week so we will soon be getting our egg license.  If anyone is in Champaign/Urbana or Chicago and would like a steady supply of organically fed, free range eggs let me know!  We are producing 10 dozen eggs/week right now but by the end of April we will be producing as many as 40 dozen/week.  We only have 4 female ducks for the time being but they've also started to lay: about a dozen/week.
Today my mother came to visit us from Chicago and she helped us get started on our brand new greenhouse.  Hopefully it will be up by the end of the week...

Packing on a few pounds
Isabelle being friendly as always

Heimdal, all grown up

Monday, February 20, 2012

Heimdal's Famous!

Not really.  But he and the cedar waxwing are now featured in the New England Felting Supply website:  Thanks Kelty for the beautiful pictures!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

These past few weeks I've been doing a lot of needle felting.  I know, big surprise.  My newest creations are a grizzly bear and a honey badger, both of which are now up for sale in my Etsy shop.  I also just finished a memorial dog portait for a friend of my father's in Japan.  He is an architect and he named his beloved dog after one of his biggest artistic influences, Le Corbusier.

This is the honey badger.  It's pretty badass.

Le Corbusier

On the farm front, Emma and I are now drowning in eggs.  Our 25 hens are now laying at least 15 eggs a day!  We are getting our egg license next week so if anyone wants some free-range organically fed eggs, let me know!  We're going to be selling them for 5 bucks a dozen.
Recently, Emma and I have been spending a lot of money making a lot of big purchases for the farm, with the hope that someday we will make that money back...  We just bought our greenhouse, a three-point hitch adapter for our antique tractor (so it can actually use modern implements) and 2 bee packages (enough bees for 2 hives) all this past week.  So here's hoping for a successful first year!