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Painted Hand Farm is a 20 acre Civil War era farm located in Cumberland county, Pennsylvania. We raise meat goats, veal calves, turkeys and organic vegetables using humane and sustainable agricultural practices.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Actually, it was more like, "where did this chicken come from?" While working out in front of the barn today, Ralph was visited by this red hen. We didn't think any of our neighbors had chickens so it left us wondering just where on earth she came from. Her wings were visibly clipped and she appeared to be well cared for. We thought about putting her in the barnyard, but around sunset she went back across the road. Turns out some of our Amish neighbors just set up a new chicken coop. So now when we ask why the chicken crossed the road, we know she came over to hang out with Ralph for the afternoon. I wonder if she'll come back tomorrow since he tossed her shelled corn all day. Blooming crocus and swelling lilac buds...more signs of Spring's arrival.
And we call these characters the Comeback Kids. I'm amazed at some plants' ability to overwinter and snapped right back with the first few warm days of spring. This chard, spinach and Italian green (which is more red) are practically ready for harvesting! Despite being in the 20's last night, the appeared fine this morning even without any cover.

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