Chicken central

Roasters and laying hens togetherThe chicken world is moving along at quite a click here at Ruit Farm.  The new breed of roasters that we have, the Freedom Rangers, are supposed to grow more slowly than the white Cornish cross that we usually raise for meat.  These Rangers are meant for pasture, and we have been getting the space ready for them.  Meanwhile, they are all feathered out, and they do not appear to be growing more slowly than the Cornish.  We have actually changed our butcher date to accommodate this, but I am still totally amazed.

These chickens are a lot of fun, they are active and really good at foraging.  Our Araucana pullet in the picture is the same age as the roasters.  That girl really gives me a chuckle… she looks so much like an eagle that she always surprises me in the greenhouse.  The other layers are just as pretty, and the Wyandottes blend in with the roasters well.

2 Golden Wyandottes blend in with the roasters

June lamb update

Mae's girl on the right

School is over and things seem to be moving forward with the farming.  Our mama ewes and lambs have been separated for over a week now, maybe almost two weeks.  We are very late getting the moms down to the field, as usual, but John was able to mow the perimeter lines for the electric net down in the field two nights ago, so hopefully I can get the fence up today and tomorrow, and insert the moms down there on Saturday!  Meanwhile, the lambs are growing like weeds.  Here are some photos:

One of the boys
Milling around

Mr. Big moves on

Mr. Big our AI Border Leicester ram

As usual things have been crazy around the farm.  School ended last week and I have been scrambling to get ahead here at the house.  Too many things to do and not enough time!  But, we finally found a great home for our ram, Mr. Big.  He has gone to live on Bridge Farm in Dresden, about 15 miles from here.  They have a lovely, historic farm there along the river, and he will have some new ram friends, as well as some new ewes to get friendly with :*)

We took him over yesterday morning and had a lovely visit.  Kathy and Bob have a great setup, and interns on the farm have built a cob bake oven.  We have been planning on building one here and haven’t gotten to it yet, so it was lovely to see one in action.  How exciting!  Mike and Erin are making lovely breads and we got to witness the baking.  And taste a great loaf!

Cob oven in action
Loaves fresh from the oven
Mr. Big hides looks out from his new digs

So the ram who has done so much for us here finally has found a new home.  Good luck, Mr. Big!  We love you and are glad you are close enough so that we can visit!

Fiber Frolicking

Fiber Frolic booth

In spite of the unpredictability of the weather this past weekend, the Maine Fiber Frolic was a fun time.  I was able to get a space in one of the buildings so I managed to stay dry!  My booth can use a little help if I am in the same space for next year… I used the setup that I have when I am in the EZup tent, so I didn’t plan on the empty space against the back wall that looks a little strange.  I put fleeces and some larger bundles of roving there, which you can’t see in the photo.  It was a lot of fun being in a new spot as I was able to visit with other friends who have booths there.  And I got to meet some new vendors and learn about their farms and situations.

Fiber Frolic booth, yarn angle!

As you can see, my display skills need a little work.  The wire cubes work well for yarns that are all the same, solid color, but they don’t work so well for displaying the painted skeins that are almost all one-of-a-kind.  That’s something to work on for the next time.

My feet got wet setting up Saturday morning, and the intensity of the thunder showers took me by surprise, but it was a very good weekend.  Fun to see folks that I only see once a year, and fun to meet a lot of new people!