Dear Friends of the Farm:
This has been a roller coaster week at The Open Gate Farm. Not only have we ranged from uncommonly heavy rainfall to days of bright sunlight, we have also swung from the valley of death to the celebration of new life.
Our dear, classic rooster, Jerry, developed gangrene in one of his toes and so has now gone on to the big corn field in the sky. He will be well rewarded there for he was much loved here. He was probably the best rooster we’ve ever had, gracious to the ladies, gorgeous without vanity, and a crow with all the deep tones a rooster crow should have. We were so sad to have to say goodbye to our friend. But he had lost the ability to walk, limp, or even hobble from food to water and back again so it was time.
And then we lifted up Margaret the Muscovy Duck who has been setting on a clutch of duck eggs and discovered a little black quacker under her looking back at us! We quickly lowered her into place and have not disturbed her since except to sterilize her little swimming pool and top off her food bowl with cracked corn and oyster shells (for her gizzard) and load up a bowl with duck baby food. Then we peeked again and saw the little fellow…black bill, black down on top and yellow on the bottom, just like he’d been swimming in a pool of yellow pollen. (more…)