Tour The Farm
Our farm is an 18-acre homestead in the southern Missouri Ozarks. About half of it is wooded and we leave that to the wildlife and Mother Nature. The other half consists of our pasture and living areas. We currently have chickens (including mini Serama chickens), ducks, one goose, two potbelly pigs, and six horses, of which three are direct rescues.
Our flock of chickens is what you call a “barnyard mix” meaning we have a variety of breeds, though all the roosters except one are “Easter Egger” chickens (who lay blue/green/brown eggs). You can see a picture of the egg shell colors in the gallery here. My hens include Easter Eggers, Welsummer, and Golden Comet. In the spring 2021, I hope to add some additional breeds either through farm store purchases or purchasing hatching eggs. (My goals are Australorps and Silver Laced Wyandotes, both breeds known for laying large brown eggs.)
We also have Serama chickens, which are a miniature breed from Malaysia. They are currently in the house, so if you happen to catch me on a zoom call and hear a rooster in the background, it’s the mini chickens.
You’ve seen SuperDuck in my author photos. He’s a Golden Hybrid 3000 duck (cross between Pekin and Khaki Campbell) who we hatched from our eggs. He stayed in the house and really imprinted on my mom and thinks he’s a “people” so he comes inside at night.
We also have two white crested ducks (no drakes) and a male Roman Tufted goose (Lost his two mates and their one daughter to raccoons a couple of years ago.) in the coop as well.
Additionally, this year (Feb 2021), I’ve added Cortunix Quail to the homestead. Quail eggs are very nutritious (and itty bitty adorable) and quail are a quick growing source of meat. I look forward to expanding my quail operation and adventures.
While you can eat potbellied and other breeds of smaller pigs, Miss Truffle (black and white) will tell you she arrived here as a wee piglet and has been spoiled her entire life. There’s no eating these pigs (unless things get super super bad). Miss Truffle knows how to sit on command, and I’m hoping she’ll teach Miss Daisy (white) that people don’t have to be scary. They give you scritches behind the ears.
Miss Daisy arrived as a stray with her two brothers. While they have since gone onto a farmer I know and have become bacon, Miss Daisy remained as a friend for Truffle and she’s even inspired one of my forthcoming stories.
The horses will tell you I’ve saved the best (and probably the most spoiled) for last. Fortune (8/1999) was purchased in August for $100 as an “oops” filly out of a mare that had been in and out of sale barns. Knock-kneed and mule-headed, I have to say she was an ugly baby. But she matured into something beautiful. (See silly face mask picture). Thunder (paint) was purchased from the seller of this property for my mother as a stallion. And he Fortune made and adorable filly, Firefly, and then he was gelded. Holly (chestnut) was a kill pen rescue from Kansas in 2018, supposedly pregnant, but nope. And Kitty Kash (bay) and Polly (palomino) rejoined Thunder in August 2020 when the neighbor who’d taken them from the seller no longer wanted them and wasn’t really feeding them. The herd is happy to be reunited and spoiled.
These horses will be part of the horse yoga (virtual as our place isn’t ready for visitors) as well as equine guided coaching and learning through Epona Author Solutions and Charmed Chicken Holistic Living.