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Chick Days 2021

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We’re at it, again! With all of the local farm stores touting their annual Chick Days – we’re collecting a whole new flock for Crossley Farms. Our original flock from last Spring is down to one stunning Rhode Island Red hen. The others (plus some of the newer birds) have been terrorized by a fox for weeks now. With our eggers …

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Our “New” Cattle Wagon

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Jumping headfirst into farm ownership can cost and arm and a leg – especially if you choose to outfit your whole operation with brand new equipment. We’ve been all about frugal farming since we started this whole experiment over a year ago. We use an 80s-era tractor that came free with the property. We use all of its near-ancient implements to …

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More New Goat Babes

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Despite begging Farmer Crossley to “for the love, stop buying goats” – we have some new goats. It’s completely ridiculous that these things keep showing up. It’s even more ridiculous that they’re always cute enough to keep. Aaron ensures me that we “reserved these months ago.” So, technically, they’re grandfathered in to the “stop buying goats” agreement. I don’t know if …

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New Kids in the Barn

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We’ve officially welcomed three new kids to Crossley Farms! Mama Goat has spent several weeks in the pole barn while we eagerly awaited their arrival. Aaron was constantly checking in with our goat farming friends to keep tabs on what stage of the process she might be in. Naturally, every time we thought “it’s time!” – it wasn’t. Randomly, this morning, …

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Morning Chores

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The morning chores are getting busier and busier. Thankfully, Aaron has been keeping up with the bulk of them while I bake this new baby. Slightly warmer temps have brought us a little more of a chance to snap photos and see the first signs of Spring creeping into the farm. One of our goat mommas – very originally named “Mama …

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More New Chicks

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Spring is on the way. Naturally, with it, comes Chick Days at all the local farm stores. We are horrible at resisting the call of the cuteness – so, of course, our latest couple of trips into the farm supply required the purchase of a whole new flock. Once again, these sweet little floofs are taking over our garage with loud …

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Single-Digit Days

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Since last week, we’ve been feeling the wrath of the now single-digit temperatures on the farm. Winter is finally staking its claim to the weather. It certainly feels like our 60-degree January afternoons are gone for good. With such frigid temperatures comes a whole host of farm issues that are, honestly, miserable to figure out. No amount of preparation can …

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Back Home on the Range

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Last week, our family took a quick little road trip to Estes Park, Colorado. While we were away, my dad took care of our cattle and goats while our house sitter Reagan watched the dogs, cat and chickens. As avid travelers pre-COVID, we never really had to worry about the abundance of animals that we’ve acquired in the past year. …

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A Crazy Night for the Chickens

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Last night was a pretty wild night in the chicken coop. We were later than usual getting outside to close the gate on the chicken run. By 8 p.m., everyone was in the coop and settled in under their heat lamp. With the gate open, a possum decided to help himself to the rotisserie buffet. Aaron pulled into the driveway …

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Snug in the Coop

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Chilly temps mean all the animals are spending the nights tucked into their cozy beds. The calves have a makeshift shelter to ward off the wind and snow. The goats have the Goat House with a heat lamp for extra warmth. And the chickens have …a rotisserie. The coop continues to be one of the most epic things we’ve managed …