Catterson Farms has taken a bit of a break this year with our produce as we’re figuring out how to manage two small children and one with a few special needs. We did not plant a garden this year, nor did we purchase any new chickens.
Our ducks: Sadly after a lot of sickness back and forth, one duck passed away. We had tried everything we could but no local vet was willing to see a duck. So we came up with our own things, including antibiotics but in the end the duck died. We thought this was the male duck “Donald” but it turns out we had sexed them wrong – as expected. So our Daisy turned out to be a Donald and currently lives in an old chicken coop. Did you know how absolutely disgusting ducks are? Seriously, the worst. And this is only one duck. I cannot imagine more. Yuck.
Chickens: We’ve lost three total this season. We suspect due to a fungus. We’re upping our care and changing some things around to better care for them.
We have a new member of the family – not a baby but a puppy! We’ve had two corgis in the past – Bonnie we raised from a puppy and Luna who was rescued, they both passed away within the last two years and we miss them a lot. We still have our other dogs but there’s nothing like a corgi. Amazingly, we found a local breeder (TN Corgis) and picked out Pippin. He’s absolutely the opposite of our two laid back corgis. It’s as if we have four children instead of three! We hope to have him be as amazing as Luna was but I think it’s going to take far more training.
The Spring will bring more hens – hopefully some Silver Laced or Barred Rock – those are my favorites.We still have eggs but the volume has reduced and our bantam’s are producing more than our RHRs.
Introducing our first and main flock. Our rooster D’artagnan, also known as Darty. He was given to us by a co-worker because he was being beaten up by another rooster. Now he’s a little bit of a handful himself. Sigh. (Thus the gloves) We identify them by the colored rings on their feet. Currently Gertrude lives alone. Last September she was attacked by our newly rescued hound Randy. He somehow got into the coop and nearly killed her. He had her in his mouth until I was able to get him to release her. She spent about a month in the CICU (Chicken Intensive Care Unit, aka laundry room). I was unable to re-introduce her to the flock so she and D’artagnan spent the winter together in a small house for heat. We’ve since moved D’artagnan into the coop with the other six hens because he was mating with Gert too frequently and her feathers had been removed and her back was looking rather raw from feather removal on her back. She will be the mother to flock two, I hope. They’ll soon be introduced as they’re about 7-8 weeks old at this point and big enough to defend themselves but the Bantams are tiny so I’m not sure about their introduction.
Blanche (She’s the winner of our Chicken Bachelor. YouTube it.)
Gertie – our friendliest hen
Gertie and our youngest son
Update: Gertie has been moved to the coop with the new hens and after a few days they’ve all accommodated quite well. The other day as I was leaving I noticed Gertie kick them all out so she could go inside the coop. In the other coop we have the three black sex-link and three bantams. D’artagnan has been moved to the single coop due to his overworking the ISA Browns and causing them to have a lot of their feathers removed!
We *think* this is our female bantam so we call her Bonita in honor of our late tiny corgi Bonnie.
We *think* these are our two Bantam roosters , so we call them Juanito and Pollito.