We're back to work and wanted to update a few things. The hen "Lazarus" is back in the coop. We are applying antibiotic ointment to her pecked back and putting menthol rub around the site to deter the pecky hens. So far, she is not back to her old self. Still trying to keep her eating and drinking. The other hens are looking much better. Their feathers are becoming more shinny and healthy looking. I think the infrared lights are giving them some night time but still keeping them warm. They have been able to go out into the barn and forage around. We are still giving them warm oatmeal with a couple of hand fulls of dry cat food for extra protein. A couple of sad things happened over the last few days. We found Captain, the white cornish cross that talked Ted into saving him from the butcher, dead this morning. I guess he just out grew his heart. I don't think that they are made to live long. He did have a good life while he was here. The second sad event happened a couple of days ago. We were so excited Monday night to see two young moose yearlings in the yard. We stood still and they came to within 10 feet of us. However, about 5:30am one was hit by a semi tractor-trailer. Kevin and Cheeta, our neighbors across the street, called the game warden and he came and "tagged" the moose. Kevin took it to the butcher and we will have moose meat. The moose was hit in the head and no damage was done to the body. At least it happened quick and we will have the benefit of it's loss. I have never eaten moose meat before and am kinda looking forward to it. At least nothing goes to waste. I am coming to the conclusion that winter provides a natural culling of things. We try to change the natural scheme of things and sometimes we can. Sometimes we just have to let nature take its course. I hope we aren't getting "culled" anytime soon. Take care and have a safe and warm night. Love from Mainely Ewes Farm.
This is the story of two best friends who lived in seperate towns, managed two seperate homes with all of the bills, taxes, and house payments of each. We thought that it was silly to continue paying such high bills. We decided to look for an old farm where we each could follow our dreams. We looked for a house big enough that would allow each of us to have our seperate space, enough farm land to be able to have sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys and any other animals that caught our fancy. We needed a barn big enough to house animals and hay. Both of us love the seasons in New England and wanted to remain in the northeast. Both of us were ICU nurses and are under no delusion that we can pay our bills with farming alone. We needed to be located near a large hospital for employment. We work full time as nurses and full time as farmers. That was a lot of needs/wants to guide our search. We combed through magazines, for sale guides, and the internet. We found a place northwest of Bangor Maine that fit these needs. It was a fixer upper in the mildest of terms. This is our story, how we arrived, refinished a 160 year old farm house and are making our dreams come true. We hit bumps in the road at every turn and try to keep a positive attitude. After three years we have come to a change that can't be overlooked. After much thought Alex has decided to pursue her dream elsewhere. Now the farm rests with Ted and I. We will work together to make our dream an actuality. Please follow along with us and welcome to Mainely Ewes Farm.