Pastured Poultry experiment

We are beginning a trial of pastured chickens to see how we can raise chickens in a sustainable, healthy manner that results in delicious meat! Following the plans for “Stress-Free Chicken Tractors” we found at Farm Marketing Solutions, we built one chicken tractor in a day and a half. Proud to say that we used some of our own farm wood as part of the design!

We put the chicken tractor out in the field with our rams and wethers, who don’t seem to mind the new addition. Then, 21 Cornish Cross chicks that had been growing fast in the brooder became the first residents– they were thrilled to be out on the grass, to eat bugs and clover as well as their poultry ration!

These birds will continue to grow very fast — much faster than other breeds of chicken meant for laying eggs — and so should be ready for slaughter in early November.

 

Lovely private room and bath for short-term stays

If you are looking for a clean, quiet, and restful place to stay in Annapolis for a short while, consider this home on Hollywood Farm with a private room for 1-2 people and private bath, available now for $85/night.

Click here to see the Airbnb listing.

Private room and bath in cozy, comfortable, quiet, newly built cottage on beautiful 135-acre farm in Annapolis, Maryland.

Renters are given access to the farm trails and creek: perfect for hiking, jogging, fishing, kayaking. Only 10 minutes to downtown Annapolis, 45 minutes to Washington DC and 35 minutes to Baltimore. Perfect base for visiting historic downtown Annapolis, the US Naval Academy, and St. John’s College.  For more details and to reserve, click here.

 

The 2018 lambs are here!

In the first two weeks of April, our ewes began to give birth to their lambs. Katahdin sheep often produce twins and occasionally even triplets.  This year we had many more triplets than usual, and have dozens of little ones in our nursery. Please bear with us as we are more exhausted than usual during their arrival.