More from On the Farm

Pictures and stories about life at Downeast Thunder Farm including chickens, ducks, critter care and housing, and garden.

Monarch Caterpillar Becomes a Chrysalis

monarch chrysalis

Yesterday was a lucky day for me. I was working at home day on website projects when I noticed one of the caterpillars Hannah and I have been raising hanging … Continue reading

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Caterpillar Rescue

I’ve been working on introducing Monarch butterflies to my garden since the spring when I planted Milkweed – the Monarch caterpillar’s food of choice. After visiting the Charlotte Rhoades Butterfly … Continue reading

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Hummingbird Feeder Cleaning

I hate cleaning my hummingbird feeders, but I do it every weekend. I’ve read it should be done more often, but my time during the week is so limited that … Continue reading

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The Boys Are Back

It’s been ten days now since they’ve returned – the boys of summer, aka the male hummingbirds. As I enjoyed coffee on the porch this weekend, this little fellow perched … Continue reading

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Dilly – A Good Duck

Dilly the Duck

Today is a sad day. It started out lovely with ice out on the sunny side of the pond. The ducks, Dilly, Quackers, Peep and Squeak enjoyed a first spring … Continue reading

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Sunny Sunday Snapshots

Yesterday was a beautiful, mild day. I was quite lazy, spending much of the day on the sofa reading – something I rarely do. My vantage point from the sofa … Continue reading

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On the First Day of Spring

This was my greenhouse at the height of winter. The snow on the roof makes it look a bit lopsided, but the greenhouse stood strong to February’s heavy snow. It … Continue reading

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The First Robin of Spring

Enjoying my first cup of coffee while watching the flurry of activity at the bird feeders is a lovely way to start the day. I just about spilled said coffee … Continue reading

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Who’s Walking in my Woods?

I hadn’t thought much about who’s walking in my woods lately. Until I took out the garbage this afternoon and found this. There were two sets of tracks running side-by-side … Continue reading

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Snowy Morning Visitors

Storm three of the week was still going strong this morning. I spent a couple of hours on the sofa with my coffee contemplating the real world. Today was Hannah’s … Continue reading

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Bird Tree Revisited

My post-Christmas recycled bird tree crashed and burned in the first snow storm after I set it up. I rescued all of the orange cup feeders and sunflower heads and … Continue reading

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A Tree for the Birds

ornaments for the birds

Despite the fact that my feeders are full, bird activity has been a little slow lately. The squirrels and the mourning doves have been my only regular visitors. With snow … Continue reading

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Pushing Tomatoes

This year, the garden tomatoes are so prolific that it looks a bit like Christmas in the greenhouse. Those little red gems are like ornaments on a tree. One evening walk … Continue reading

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Blueberry Hound

This year, the blueberry crop around the pond is especially good – probably because I’ve kept the chicken’s in their coop since we rebuilt their run. I got to the … Continue reading

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How does your garden grow?

Although I’ve paid my garden little attention since planted, it seems to be growing strong. As are the weeds! I’ve managed to keep the weeds in the beds to a … Continue reading

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All’s Well that Ends Well

This morning I bounced back and forth between working at my desk and helping Paul work on the new chicken run for the hen house. While I was outside, I … Continue reading

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In The Garden Today

It was a stupendous Maine day – warm weather cool breeze, and a chilly night.  There was lots of activity in the garden. There were all manner of hummers. Hummingbirds… … Continue reading

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Bears Among Us

Yesterday I was sharing about our squirrel issue. Today it seems as if we have a bear issue. Twelve years at Downeast Thunder Farm and we’ve never had a bear … Continue reading

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Not To Be Outwitted By A Squirrel

We’ve had a bit of a squirrel issue this last week. One of these cute little red squirrels took up residence in the garage. This is not a good thing! … Continue reading

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When Turkeys Fly!

It’s been a few years since we raised turkeys and I’ve missed having them around. They’re such funny creatures and have quite entertaining personalities. We often see wild turkeys around. … Continue reading

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