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Spring Has Sprung

Springtime on the Ranch often means hormones. That often equates to babies (remember that kids!). We have a broody hen, she has insisted she needs to raise some chicks. We don’t have a rooster so that was going to be a problem for her, but she wasn’t taking no for an answer, in fact it was getting ugly. She was stealing the other hens eggs, when my Mom went to get those eggs, little hen would beat my Mom up (I wish I was kidding). I jumped on Craigslist and found a local farm that sells fertilized chicken eggs, Valley View Farm. We called and went out to select a dozen fertilized eggs.

Enid was very nice and showed us all around her place.

Enid was very nice and showed us all around her place.

Valley View Farm raises heritage chickens! They were beautiful!

Valley View Farm raises heritage chickens! They were beautiful!

I loved their hen houses! Perfect!

I loved their hen houses! Perfect!

My Mom and I had a great time meeting all of Valley View Farm’s chickens and deciding what type of eggs we wanted!

Look at the colors!

Look at the colors!

Since my Mom and this hen have some history and we are all afraid of her, we decided that my Mom needed some protective clothing.

Her weed-eating helmet and safety gloves.

Her weed-eating helmet and safety gloves.

My Mom very carefully placed the fertilized eggs under the broody hen. Of course the hen did her best to peck at Mom and generally be a brat, but we had success!

I have a video of this, but it contains too much cussing from both the hen and my Mom.

I have a video of this, but it contains too much cussing from both the hen and my Mom.

She has eggs now!

She has eggs now!

We left the hen alone for a few minutes and when we came back:

SUCCESS! She is setting! In 21 days we will know if our experiment worked!

SUCCESS! She is setting! In 21 days we will know if our experiment worked!

Some more good news! Our cowdog Ranchie is also expecting! This will be her second litter! The first produced Hoot and Jinx dog and you all know how proud we are of them! These are going to be some amazing   working dogs!

Ranchie is with puppies! We should have chicks and puppies around the same time!

Ranchie is with puppies! We should have chicks and puppies around the same time!

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Wordless Wednesday: Guardian Dog Nikki and Her Hens

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Fun Ag Facts XI

So for some reason my blog says I didn’t post this. I’m trying again.

fun ag fact of the day: Peanut butter is a staple in over 90% of American households and the average person consumes more than six pounds of peanut products each year.

Fun ag fact of the day: China is the largest producer of sheep milk in the world followed by Turkey and Greece.

fun ag fact of the day: Turkey is the largest producer in the world of apricots, cherries, figs, wheat germ, hazelnuts, skim sheep milk, poppy seed, raisins & sour cherries.

fun ag fact of the day: India has the largest cattle inventory in the world followed by Brazil and China.

fun fact of the day: Japan is the largest producer in the world of tomato juice, husked/milled rice, pigskins, fermented rice beverages & soya paste.

fun ag fact of the day: Grapefruits come in many colors. They can be yellow, pink, white or ruby in color. All varieties have a tangy-sweet flavor and are very juicy.

fun ag fact of the day: Canada is the largest supplier of maple syrup, they produce over 5 million gallons of it each year!

fun ag fact of the day: the United States is the largest importer of beer in the world.

fun ag fact of the day: In 2009, U.S. cheese availability (a proxy for consumption) stood at 32.8 pounds per person. Mozzarella edged out cheddar as America’s favorite cheese, with the two cheeses together accounting for 63 percent of cheese availability in 2009. Per capita cheese availability has almost tripled since 1970, when it was 11.4 pounds per person.

Fun ag fact of the day: have you heard of “Cowboy coffee”, it was said they made their coffee by putting ground coffee into a clean sock and immerse it in cold water and heated over campfire.

fun ag fact of the day: Massachusetts is the second largest producer of cranberries in the United States only behind Wisconsin. Cranberry is one of the state colors and cranberry juice is the state juice drink. It is also home to Ocean Spray.

fun ag fact of the day: The traditional recipe for eggnog is milk,
cream, sugar, beaten eggs, spices, and sometimes alcohol. The type of alcohol depends on the country where it is made. In Europe, eggnog is traditionally made with white wine. Americans drink it with bourbon or rum while Peruvians use pomace brandy and Germans use beer.

Fun ag fact of the day: India has the largest cattle inventory in the world followed by Brazil, China & the United States.

fun ag fact of the day: China is the largest producer of spinach in the world with nearly 86% of the world’s total.

fun ag fact of the day: Pennsylvania is the largest producer of mushrooms in the United States with more than 62% of the total.

fun ag fact of the day: The United States is the largest producer in the world of corn, soybeans, beef, chicken, turkey, almonds, strawberries, cranberries & blueberries.

fun ag fact of the day: Sugar cane is the most produced food in the world. There is more sugar cane produced than corn and rice COMBINED!

fun ag fact of the day: Egypt is the second largest producer in the world of mango juice, buffalo butter, geese meat, figs, camel meat, bird meat and artichokes.

Fun ag fact of the day: bananas and beer are the top two food imports in the United States. The United States imports more beer than wheat and more bananas than sugar and oats combined.

Fun ag fact of the day: A celebrate the season, a few turkey-related factors: 1) The United States produces 50% of the global turkey production. 2) Turkeys are indigenous to North America. Fossils have proven that wild turkeys have been part of North America for more than 10 million years. 3) Hormones and steroids are not used in turkey production. In fact, hormones and steriods are federally banned for use in all poultry. Better feed, water and living environment is what help the turkey safely grow.

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