Coming soon – Hildegard!

After much discussion and searching, we finally found Stewart’s understudy as guard dog of Seven Trees Farm – a chubby little female Rottweiler that we named Hildegard. The name come from the Old High German words hild (=war or battle) and gard (=protection) and means “protecting battle-maid”. With lots of socialization, training and advice from Stewart and Fergus, she will hopefully grow up to be an integral member of the home team.

She was born April 18th, and we plan to bring her home in June. Until then, we have some pictures of her mom, Thora, and tiny-puppy Hilde to share.

We also have a ton of new chickies. With three roosters and some really nice hens, we are able to try a lot of cross-breeding with the goal of keeping back the best of each batch to be the foundation of our Oliver flock. We will also be selling olive-eggers this summer.

Food production is also underway. Spring weather, as usual, is unpredictable. We’ve had days of torrential downpours followed by days of temperatures in the 80’s. It’s hard to decide what to plant and when with so many variables, but potatoes, onions, peas, greens and carrots are all doing well, plus a few tomatoes & peppers in our mini-hoophouse. So far it looks like our fruit crops are going to be abundant. Apples, pears, currants, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are blossoming and setting fruit like crazy.


3 thoughts on “Coming soon – Hildegard!”

  1. It is always fun to get new additions to the family. We got 3 new Wellsommers to replace the three birds we lost this year. In addition we will get our first 25 broiler chicks the second week of June. Just need to get onto the building of the movable chicken trailer before they show up.
    We just bought a big “cattle water trough” to keep them in till they can go outside. That thing will come in handy for years to come.
    Building our little farm one thing at a time.

    1. Taking your time is definitely a good idea, especially when adding new mouths to feed! Good luck with the broilers. That’s one thing we haven’t tried yet, just so-called dual purpose birds.

  2. A couple of weeks ago we got a big old (past her prime) laying hen from a friend who was not into harvesting the meat. That hen must have weighed 8 to 10 pounds. She was heavy and had nearly as much fat on her as a duck. Pretty good for a free ranging bird (I mean flying through the trees free range).
    We stewed her up and had the most delicious stewed chicken I have ever eaten. Who knew chicken could have such flavor? We are so used to eating bland tasting grocery store chicken we forget what real food can taste like.

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