It is the end of December and Cranky is the only chicken laying eggs.
You might remember reading about Cranky earlier this year. She was the little chick hatched by a duck. The mother duck would have nothing to do with her, so it was up to us to care for the baby chick. We put her in a box with a light, some chicken feed, clean water and kept her in our house. Cranky complained, she made mad little chicky peeps, hence the name Cranky.
Eventually, Cranky moved outside with the Red Broiler chicks and spent the summer moving around the farm in a mobile pen, until the day all the Red Broilers went to freezer camp.
Cranky was set free to make friends with Mr. and Mrs. Pretty and Billy Jean, the Quilli flock of free range Naked Neck or Turken chickens. Now she spends her days clucking about the farm and building nests in the haystack. Maybe next spring she will hatch some little Crankies of her own. (with some assistance from Mr. Pretty)
What is your chicken story?
Come to the Table
We are now living through a time of transformation. Societal values are shifting towards an awareness of communities. People are filling each day with meaningful acts of courage. From random acts of kindness to the minimalist movement, individuals are changing the way they live each day, taking charge of the ideals they value. Power to the People!
“There’s a new world coming; coming in peace, coming in joy, coming in love!” Cass Elliott
Good Luck Tina with your farm and Garden to Garnish cooking classes!
“For me, being a chef has fostered a deep connection and respect for every ingredient I use. Good food does not require a lot of editing. Using seasonal food at the right time ensures we are getting the most nutrients and the most flavors out of our ingredients.” Chef Tina
“I went to a little farm school in Rice Washington last year. I wasn’t sure what to expect. When I arrived I was greeted by Lora Lea Misterly and her husband Rick. They were so nice and welcoming. In the next twelve days I learned of their passion for farming, cheesemaking, and sustainability. Their intense respect for the earth was inspiring. I learned more than I thought I would during my trip and I made sure to bring a little of their passion home with me. I was looking at a property before I went on my trip knowing that I wanted to do something that had to do with farming and education but my vision was not complete until my visit to the farm. Lora Lea and Rick were so eager to share their knowledge and I thank them for that and am eager to teach all that I have learned and continue to learn.”
Visit Tina and Garden to Garnish and be sure to sign up for one of her classes.
Cruz DE la Cruise, yep, he is a drake- the head dude of the Quillisascut Duckdom
The first question you might ask, “What breed of duck is Cruz?” or “What is it with that knobby red face?” Cruz is a Muscovy duck and it is normal for him to have that gnarly head. We don’t know all the whys of nature, but we do know his appearance is natural. A couple other fun facts about this breed, they don’t quack, laying some question to “if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be…) they make a sort of hissing sound, like Darth Vader and he has a Mohawk of head feathers that go up when he gets excited.
He is named after the man we got him from, Cruz, not very original but it sort of stuck.
The Muscovy breed originated in South America. They are sturdy and the males get rather large making them good for a duck dinner. A unique quality to this breed is that they have very little fat, which can be disappointing when you are making duck confit, but on the other hand, no one will say yuck to “greasy duck” (do people say that?)
Cruz is not worried about these things. He is out there cruising around talking to his girls, and sparing with his sons. He is here for the long haul.
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
If you could create the world of your dreams what would it be, how would it look?
People sometimes ask if our dog, Jet, is a Border Collie and we often reply that she is a “Mock Border Collie”, the people we bought her from were named Mock. Jet’s parents lived and work on a cattle ranch, they both looked true to the breed, but I think there may have been some hanky-panky going on with mom and a midnight visitor.
Even as a puppy Jet was “off the charts” the vet suggested she be put on a diet. We had never heard that a three month old pup could be overweight. She also has some interesting mannerisms that are submissive and aggressive combined, obstinate, but wants to please. (In all of these I can relate to her, so maybe she is simply picking up on something else)
All of you who have helped feed the poultry on our farm have seen her tendencies and display of bird dog instincts. Although, her number one obsession is cats. She might be helping hold the goats back at the garden gate and her eyes begin to drift towards a kitten over by the water bucket. Will she follow her pursuit or stick with keeping back the persistent goats?
Jet is the most outgoing dog on our farm. When new visitors arrive she is the first to greet them, she won’t rest until each person has been acknowledged, sitting at their feet waiting for a pat on the head or a few kind words.