Starting a Family Farm in Vermont

Sugar is Stayin’, Pullets are Layin’, Barn is Raisin’!
July 21, 2006, 7:03 pm
Filed under: Chickens, Construction, Pigs

                                                                                                  There have been a few recent developments on the FARM over the last couple of weeks. The first is that our pig, Sugar, will remain on the farm. She was originally being raised for a neighbor for a pig roast. He has since decided that he doesn’t want her. I can honestly say we couldn’t be happier. She will now be kept to breed and her offspring will be used for pasture raised pork. She is so nurturing to the other piglets we just got and we can’t wait for her to have her own. With her fun personality and fantastic characteristics, she will make a great Sow.                                                                                                                                                                                  The second news is that our 45 Pullets ( hens before maturity ) have begun laying eggs. Our chicken headcount is 65. At full production that will equate to around 5 dozen eggs a day. Melissa started an egg delivery business several months back and we have been selling out weekly. This added supply will help us  meet our current demand.                                                                                             The last developement is the barn. All the rain has stopped and the foundation has been poured. This picture was taken several weeks ago. They have really been moving on the construction. I think we are probably 6 weeks away from completion. I will continue to keep everyone posted. —John 


Another Girl!!!
July 7, 2006, 1:08 am
Filed under: Donkeys

Michelle finally had her baby early this morning. She looks to be healthy and happy. Miniature Donkeys have a gestation period of 11 1/2 to 13 months and I think Michelle went right to the end. It was becoming a joke when people saw her. The first thing they said was, “Poor Michelle she is huge!”.. She was starting to look like a mushroom but all that is in the past. She is very protective over her newborn whom Melissa named Lulu. Miniature Donkeys make great mothers, very loving and nurturing to their offspring. Michelle is no exception. Our other foal, Jenny, is doing very well. She has adjusted to her new family just fine. Many friends have asked why Miniature Donkeys?? — The honest answer was originally to keep our Shire company. They make great companions to other livestock and are protectors against predators. — Will we sell any? I would like to sell 2 of the 6 we have — keeping the mothers and their babies. — John

The 4th of July….
July 5, 2006, 4:22 pm
Filed under: Pigs

The 4th was a busy day at the farm. I picked up 5 more piglets from Walter and Holly of Sugar Mountain Farm in West Topsham, VT. They are all adjusting very well to their new surroundings. In the group of piglets we got 4 males and 1 female. They are all absolutely loving Sugar and Sugar is loving them. We had planned to keep the little ones apart from Sugar, but when they saw her they broke right into her area so we left them there. They couldn’t be happier. When I checked up on them this morning they were all fast asleep, cuddling with Sugar. As the time nears for Sugar to be sold to our neighbor, it is a little difficult. Not only is she our first, and such a great pig, I know she would make a great sow to keep on the FARM. Our decision was made when we bought her. She actually was purchased for him and we need to stick to our plan. I will keep everyone posted on future happenings—– John