A wealth of princelings

We are always happily surprised when mycological royalty pays a visit to Seven Trees Farm, but with the warm dry summer and sudden turn to cold and rain, we didn’t expect a return of the prince.

This week we noticed the tell-tale fungus, literally mushrooming from the duff beneath one of our fir trees. A few days later this princeling was joined by five more. We decided to let these grow and spore so that hopefully next year they will return in numbers and quality enough to harvest.

It’s been incredibly busy recently. Not just at Seven Trees, but also at the paycheck jobs. As usual, the fall garden is a sad jungle of spent vines, encroaching weeds, and those unavoidable zucchinis that get missed somehow. Another not-so-fun development is a torn rotator cuff for one of the humans here. Surgery will commence in a few weeks, and recovery will take months. Needless to say, getting tucked in for winter will take some serious strategizing.

Luckily chickens are easy to care for, even with a clipped wing 😀 The mad scientist experiments are going apace, and we are getting some lovely pullet eggs. They are a bit small for hatching yet, so we may tide ourselves over with another bought batch of French Black Copper Marans eggs. We only ended up with two from our previous hatch, a roo and a pullet, and both are so extraordinary that we want to try for a few more from the same breeder.

We still have apples to harvest, field corn, fall raspberries, carrots, greens, and plenty of crops waiting in the garage to be further processed. Never a dull moment or an empty pantry!

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2 thoughts on “A wealth of princelings”

  1. Ah yes, the raspberries really surprised us this year. Some of them are larger than a quarter. Since we just planted ours last year we did not expect much yet. They keep producing and have lots of green ones (that will probably not get ripe before its too cold). We get at least a gallon every two days. I am freezing most of them to make lacto-fermented soda over the winter.

    Sorry to hear of the injury. I hope you have a speedy recovery.

    Our 8 girls are giving us one egg a day the last couple of weeks between them. Only half of them look developed enough to be laying so far. They are 23 weeks old.

    1. It’s so hard to wait for those first eggs to start coming. I’m always checking the nest box at 4 months, which is way too soon….ever hopeful.

      I just ordered a dozen french black copper marans hatching eggs, so in a month or so we’ll have some peepers. Let me know if you’re interested in a cockerel from this batch. We have a good roo now, and just want a few more hens to cross with our ameraucana roo.

      Once that batch is hatched, I’ll be trying a batch each with our 2 breeding pens. We should have some olivers from those if you’re still interested.

      We’re also planning to raise 3 pigs next spring. Probably Duroc crosses, and starting out with a full paddock. The Berkshires were a little fatty, so hopefully more space will do the trick.

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