Well it is a very special day here on the farm because Mrs. Cog Hill has been talking with an Emu farm in Georgia for the last week and we decided to make the trip and purchase 2 emu babies from them. We hopped in the car and headed over to Auburn Georgia to get the newest members of the Cog Hill family, and when we get there, the emu farmer tells us that they have been watching our YouTube videos and have this 1 very special pet emu named Nugget, that has been hand raised from day one and has been living in her daughter's bed room since it hatched and that this emu chick is super friendly and would make the perfect farm pet, and that we could have her because she just adored MaryCarl. So we made the decision to take this very special emu(Nugget), but now this means we have three emu babies and our original plan was to only get two emu babies. So Mrs Cog Hill had a great idea to contact our good friends over at JK Farm and see if they may want the two emus that we originally had planned to get for our farm, because their grandson has been trying to hatch emu eggs for a while now, not to mention their beautiful farm is located on our way home. We it did not take much convincing at all because they did decided to take the 2 emu babies for their grandson. This means now we have 1 super friendly baby emu and it did not take long for Nugget to fit in perfectly on our farm, and also MC is in heaven. Well that is probably an understatement LOL. Plus if we see that Nugget needs a buddy, we have the local friend that has a pair of Emus and we can have all the hatching eggs we want!
Cog Hill Farm
We are working on the large chicken pen area today because we are wanting to try and stop the chicken yard for getting too muddy and try and keep the chicken run as clean as possible. So we decided to try something and that is to put gravel as a bedding in this area of the pen and this will hopefully let the rain water to drain down in the rocks and not cause any mud in the chicken pen. Now as y'all know, we do free range our chickens on 7 1/2 acres of land, so this the only area they are in on our homestead. The chickens still have plenty of room to scratch, eat bugs, dust bathe, and all the other things that chickens love to do. This gravel is really to keep this human high traffic area from getting really muddy. This is where we are constantly walking because this is where all of the feed and waterers are located, not to mention where we gather eggs daily. So keeping this area really clean is very important to us and the health of our poultry.
We are once again loading up the GQF 1502 forced air large incubator with some more hatching eggs, and this time we are going to attempt to hatch a really rare breed of chicken called Ayam Cemani. They are a very unique chicken where most everything about the chicken is solid black. Their combs, beaks, feet, feathers, even their bones are black...it is a super weird but yet beautiful breed of chickens. Another rare breed of chicken we are going to hatch out are called cream legbars. This breed is known for their gorgeous blue green eggs. All these hatching eggs were given to us by the Isbells from Texas, and we are so thankful for their kindness and generosity!