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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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Monday, June 30, 2008

Feathered & Fuzzy Friends

There has been lots of avian action at the farm of late--both wild and domesticated. The barn swallows who have been nesting in Bango's stall for several years now have once again returned to raise their young. While most horse people I know knock down the nests because the birds occasionally poop on their horses, we know that swallows are bug-eaters. What a few spots of poop here & there as opposed to pesky bugs.
The turkey poults are really beginning to feather out. Nearly all their down is gone. Another week and we'll start turning off the brood lights during the day. This has been an extremely hardy batch and we've yet to lose any birds or notice any leg problems.
Today, the Robin's eggs started hatching.
Fortunately for the birds, our latest furry additions are still too young to actively hunt. Ralph is really fed up with the mouse population explosion and is taking no chances. He brought home more kitties. Officially, there are six in the barn, but I could only find five. We're making it a point to handle them daily so it's not a total nightmare when the time comes to vaccinate and spay them. We believe in being responsible animal owners, regardless of whether they are pets, livestock or working animals. Plus, from experience I've learned that a well-fed, spayed female cat is a merciless killer who will hunt for fun which is exactly what we need.

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