I've lurked around the site on occasion for a few years and finally registered today. We have a farm in Sennett, NY in between Auburn and Skaneateles. For those of you familiar with the organic farm, store and restaurant at Elderberry Pond, our farm abuts theirs.
We have grown no-till corn and soy for close to 20 years now and raised six kids here in a blended family.
We've joked for years that you don't really own a farm until after you die. Depending on how old folks are we're on the Chicken Farm (previous multi-generational owners got out of the egg and meat business because they didn't want to compete with factory farms), in crazy Judge Graham;s house ("Young man, do you know how many speeding tickets I paid in your living room!?") and so forth. The older local folks are just beginning to use our names in regard to the place,
We've had five Silkie chickens in the side yard as pets for 2 years and 8 Buckeyes (7 layers) in a much bigger run for a year and a half. They're fenced on grass with coops I built and they get moved to fresh grass as needed.
Actually, to be accurate in numbers we had five Silkies until around 9 PM last night when someone went into the run and coop and took three of them. The biggest reason I chose to register today is to post a thread about that with pics. Silkies are uncommon enough that someone might notice three new ones in the culprit's yard....
I'll start that thread later today sometime.
Thanks for having a great site and best regards,