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photo of chickens in barnyard
Ross the rooster and his ladies.
Out of the Whey Farm provides food and board to a small flock of hens, no three of which are alike. In exchange, these ladies patrol the paddocks and pastures in search of fly larvae, snails, slugs, and other troublesome pests which they incorporate into their diets. As a result they lay eggs with bright, almost orange yolks that make store eggs pale (adjective and verb!) in comparison. The girls are getting along in age and, therefore, producing fewer eggs, but they will always have a home here on the farm and a field to patrol.

Trying to figure out what breed that rooster is? Well, don’t tell the ladies, but I got him at Ross. He is the strong, silent type, with the mettle of metal—literally. And although he is really quite abstract in appearance up close, he is often mistaken for a real rooster by visitors if not by the girls.

Four barn kitties, all named Kitty!

And what farm would be complete without barn kittens. I have three indoor/outdoor cats, all "fixed" and vaccinated responsibly. Well, imagine my surprise this last summer when these four kittens, about eight weeks old at the time, showed up in my barn, hungry and alone. So I fed them, of course, and finally got them to go into a cage for their meals. What to do next. I just couldn't bring myself to take them to the shelter, so I enlisted the help of FieldHaven Feline Rescue and Adoption a local private shelter for cats experiencing personal problems. They helped defray the cost of spaying and neutering. As a way of showing my thanks, I am now making monthly automatic donations to Fieldhaven just as I do to public radio and television. Thanks, Fieldhaven, for being there.