I just love to watch my farm animals wander through the homestead, especially the chickens. I have quite a few breeds running around here, and thanks to my friends at Rock Ridge Farms Rare Chickens, my collection now includes Lavender Orpingtons! It all started with a brainstorm during a snowstorm. Last year while snowed in yet again, I consoled myself by dreaming up new garden plans. I decided that when spring hit, I would expand my lavender patch to the slope below the barn. I was brainstorming ideas for the design, when it hit me. What's the perfect accessory for a lavender patch? Lavender Orpingtons, I say! I immediately knew who could help. I called up Mr. Rock Ridge himself and explained my situation. And before I knew it, I was the proud owner of a flock of stunningly smokey lavender beauties. When spring rolled around, I got right to work planting the new lavender patch. It's had a year to get established, and if all goes as planned, I'll have my Lavender Orpingtons wandering through it by early summer. I'm so excited, I think I'll squeal with delight!
I love farm animals. There are plenty of good reasons for this: they provide food, income, fertilizer, pest and weed control...they can even till my garden for me! But what I really love is having odd farm animals just wandering around. I like to just sit and watch them happily scratch, root, or strut about--doing whatever comes natural to them. Sometimes it gets a little crazy, but they're such a big part of the homestead equation, I can't imagine not having them.