Monday, May 2, 2016


Watson, our peahen, was walking around the backyard squawking up a storm this afternoon. She usually does this when she is looking for her babies and since it has been about a month since we've seen her we knew she was sitting on eggs close to hatching somewhere. I followed her hoping she'd lead me to her hidden nest and sure enough she did, only to find these two yahoos trying to eat her eggs! I promptly relocated the offenders to the orchard and by the time I got back Watson was back on the nest and happy again.

Thursday, April 28, 2016


A little project mike has been working on. He dug a 400' trench from the water line at the pole barn to the road so we can run stock tanks and power and move all of the market pigs down to that section of the lower ranch. That will give them a lot more room and the upper ranch a lot fresher air! #diy #ranching

Friday, April 22, 2016


Found this big ol gopher snake all wrapped up in some garden mesh this afternoon. Took some time with a scissors to get him lose and then he flipped his tail up on the electric fence and gave us both a heck of a jolt. When it was all said and done we sent him down a gopher hole in the orchard and think he'll be just fine. #californiagophersnake #ranchlife

Thursday, April 21, 2016


We built a new chute so we can weigh and worm the pigs and sheep more easily. It works great! #themotherofinvention #diy

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


Anyone need eggs? Our girls are in overdrive! We refrigerate but don't wash our eggs until they are delivered. This keeps the shell's natural protective layer intact and keeps the eggs fresh (and keeps them from growing into chicks). #freerangechickens