Farm Face Lift: Anatomy of a Pig Barn

June 3, 2015 one comment Posted in Animals

The anticipation for piglets is growing here at GiPop Acres! The girls are due any day now and GiGi and PopPop are finishing up their barn not a moment too soon 🙂

As you may have seen on the Facebook page, they’ve been hard at work converting the old chicken coop- which has been housing our bucks and wethers- from a ruin into a barn that works to house them alongside the pigs and (eventually) their piglets. The building’s roof is still in relatively good shape but the walls and support posts had begun rotting and sinking into the ground… so GiGi and PopPop made a plan to lift the roof and add a the structure they needed underneath it.


They started by lifting one side and then the other with extendable support posts little by little. Once the roof was high enough to walk under, PopPop started auguring out post holes to set the permanent 4×4 posts.


Meet & Greet: The Poultry

April 18, 2015 no comments Posted in Animals, Meet & Greet

We’ve arrived at our final Meet & Greet and this one includes more than half of the creatures residing at GiPop Acres. The poultry group is made up of chickens, ducks, and geese and they really are a lot of the activity around here. Seriously, it’s quite a challenge to drive, walk, pull a wagon, etc around here without having to dodge at least half a dozen chickens.


We have somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 hens and roosters of various breeds (Delawares, Buff Orpingtons, Easter Eggers, Rhode Island Reds, etc) hanging around here to provide us with eggs and meat. The hens pretty much do their own thing, wandering around trying to find bugs and seeds to eat.


Meet & Greet: The Rabbits

April 2, 2015 2 comments Posted in Animals

We’re nearing the end of our Meet & Greet series! The rabbits are a quick and easy one so I’m going to do them first and save the poultry till last 🙂


GiGi decided last summer to add rabbits to our meat producing animals and she settled on the Champagne D’Argent breed since it’s a traditional meat rabbit. The rabbits live on one side of the chicken coop with the sheep and to be perfectly frank, they’re so quiet and calm that I often forget about them until feeding time. It’s strange to have an animal that doesn’t run around and make noise all day long!


GiGi bought three males (bucks) and three females (does) last summer and plans to breed them to supply ourselves with offspring to butcher. We’ve had one successful breeding so far from which we have three babies (kits)- two females and a male. The kits are born totally black and they gradually gain the silver fur that’s distinctive for their breed. You can see they’re almost through the process in the most recent pictures (at the bottom of the collage) and all they have left of the black is their ears.


The Kids’ First Visit with the Herd

March 30, 2015 2 comments Posted in Animals

It’s been a busy couple of weeks around the farm and a difficult couple of weeks for me personally so I’ve been under the radar for a while. Things are getting back to normal, though, and I HOPE we’ve finally rounded the corner onto the end of winter and the beginning of spring.

The goat kids are getting bigger every day and yesterday we had a nice (if a bit blustery) afternoon so we decided to let the mamas and the babies out into the pasture to run around, get some fresh air, and get acquainted with the rest of the herd.


The alpaca were all unsure about these little things that didn’t appear to be chickens or ducks, but they looked too small to be goats 🙂 The donkeys were convinced they were little dogs and thus need to be chased away. But the mamas and the babies had fun running around in the sunshine… especially Pippa and Rocky (above) who took the opportunity to stretch their legs very seriously. Pippa had Rocky running all over the place and climbing the mountains of hay and muck! (more…)

Princess and Her Little Peas

March 16, 2015 3 comments Posted in Animals

mama Princess and her baby boys
mama Princess and her baby boys

GiGi and I were planning on boiling some maple sap to get our syrup started this afternoon. We planned on letting Bailey and Duncan hang out in the yard with us while we did it so I went to close the driveway gate to keep Duncan contained while GiGi started the fire for the sap. When I got down near the barn, though, I heard a goat bleating that didn’t sound normal. I popped in the barn with the expecting does to find Princess laying on the ground crying loudly. When I checked her behind (expecting to find a little blood and mucous) I found two little hooves and a nose peeking out!