And the secret is out!!! We are so excited to introduce you to the newest members of Sweet Meadows Farm...meet Blue and Rosie, future guardians of the farm! They are Great Pyrenees and came to us a couple weeks ago from Lindsay's Great Pyrenees in middle TN (a big thank you to your wonderful family - it's obvious how well loved your beautiful dogs are!). These two puppies are quite a handful, and the goats are wary of them, but are slowly getting used to them - they are in a stall in the does' room and we are doing supervised interactions on a leash during the day. Rosie & Blue have big personalities and love everyone they meet! They are super smart and already getting the hang of basic commands. We are doing slow introductions with the goats, and they are learning to respect them after some head butts from some of the girls. LOL. We can't wait to watch these two pups grow up and eventually keep a watchful eye over the herd in the future. :-)
We are beyond excited to announce the arrival of Swedish Flower chickens to Sweet Meadows Farm! We knew we wanted to bring chickens back to the farm, after not having them for a bit, and after doing some research, we decided to focus on one very special endangered breed....the Swedish Flower! We brought in six hens and two roos from a wonderful SFH breeder in Indiana (thank you, Maria!), and are planning on hatching out chicks come spring 2022!
A little history on the Swedish Flower Hen. Originally from Sweden, there were very few left by the 1970's and so the government found a few isolated flocks and established the Swedish Genetic Project to help bring the breed back and also to raise awareness about other endangered heritage breeds. The SFH, or Skånsk Blommehöna, has only been in America since 2010 with the first importing of a few birds. They are named for the various beautiful and unusual "flowering" they have in patterns, producing many different colors and patterns. They are a landrace, which means that they were not engineered by man, but rather evolved and adapted naturally to their environment over the centuries. They are super hardy and healthy, lay really large eggs regularly, do very well in super cold climates and have amazing funny personalities. They are known as the "compost" chicken, foraging with such tenacity that they are always busy looking for things to eat! The perfect permaculture and homesteading chicken! What a special breed of chicken, and we can't wait to share them with others!
**Photo 1 features Noelle - she has bright blue/hazel eyes which is very rare for a chicken. Never seen anything like it before! She is a stunner. We will be getting a page up on our website for the flock soon, and more photos to follow!
Our 2022 Proposed Breeding Schedule is up! Go take a look! We are very excited about all these pairings, and can't wait to see the kids starting May 1st! Polled, blue eyes, moonspots & silver are possible from quite a few pairings. These are all great lines as well with lovely udders behind them. Three of the eight does we are breeding have been bred so far. This post features one of the recent breedings - R Serenity NHF Sparkling Cider (*M Pending) + Mountain Ridge BEB Rock Hudson. Polled, moonspots & blue eyes are possible. If you would like to be added to our waitlist, (no deposit required) please fill out the waiting list application on our website so we can learn more about your farm and goals. If you have any questions, just shoot us a PM via FB or email us through our website contact form. Please be patient with us as it has been a crazy past few weeks - we have some new additions to the farm that have been keeping us quite busy! Thanks everyone, and many blessings!