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Sand Hill Thicket Farm

Tales of stunning sunsets, happy sheep, and peace and quiet on a 10-acre farm in Northeastern Kansas.

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Chickens & Eggs

I’ve About Had It With Birds…

Every day I have to let my big male siamese cat, Ermine, into the master bedroom so he can get up on his carpeted cat tree and watch "birbs" out the window. It's the only window in the house with... Continue Reading →

Ewes Go Bush Cutting

When we lived on the U.S. Territory of Guam, the locals would use the carabao to "do bush cutting". Back stateside, we would probably refer to that as weed whacking and we would use a weed whacker. Well, here on... Continue Reading →

Duck Egg Lockdown Begins!

No sooner than I got the duck eggs back into the bigger incubator to start their lockdown and they ALL (all four duck eggs) started wiggling around, even the two ginormous eggs! I hadn't seen any movement out of them until now.

Day 22: All Alone

It is looking more and more like the one chick that hatched is going to be all alone! We've left the three remaining eggs we thought were viable on lockdown in the incubator. Tomorrow will be day 23 and we will probably call it quits.

First Pipped Chicken Egg!

Oh, how exciting! An Icelandic chicken egg has pipped and is getting ready to hatch! I can't wait. That's one out of four remaining eggs from the six we started with. Meanwhile, two of the duck eggs have turned into... Continue Reading →

Egg Candling: Day 15

There's something in there! Is it a t-rex or a velociraptor? We have to wait a little while longer to find out!

Egg Candling: Day 8

Well, it looks like we only have 3 viable chicken eggs (out of 6), but we are going to wait until Day 14 to make that final call. Meanwhile, we have a stunning success rate so far on the duck... Continue Reading →

Newest Additions

We decided we are going to start raising our own chickens and ducks.

The End of the Deep Freeze is Nigh!

I can't wait for the #PolarVortex to be fully gone! We've had either negative wind chills or negative temps every night since the 5th and we've been solidly under 25°F this entire time. Serious #DeepFreeze!

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