Blueberry Hill Farm Bed and Breakfast
Goslings 19 Apr 2015, 8:57 am
Yesterday the goslings made their first foray out into green grass. There are 8 of them!
Hatched! 14 Apr 2015, 1:10 pm
Yesterday the goslings started to hatch! 5 so far but I was only able to get a photo of 3. They hide under the wings of their mothers. (But who knows whose mother is whose!). The whole family has come into the barn – the gander and all 4 mothers (only 2 mothers had been sitting consistently) and they make quite a racket with their hissing when anyone comes near. There are still more eggs they are sitting on that will hopefully hatch.
3 Geese A’Laying 1 Apr 2015, 10:24 am
Actually it’s 3 geese a’sitting! The first goose started sitting almost 3 weeks ago with the second starting to sit about a week later and the third a week after that. The incubation period is about 28 days, so around April 10 we are hoping some little goslings will emerge. Will keep you posted. Visit us at BlueberryHillFarmVa.com.
Drama in the Barnyard 4 Mar 2015, 8:48 am
The duck and geese have already started laying eggs despite the snow and below freezing weather! This is a photo of the eggs from a couple days ago: 2 geese eggs, one duck egg (a little smaller and darker), and a store bought hen egg just for size comparison.
And now that the females have started laying, the drake and gander are becoming very protective and there have been a few spats between them. Donald Duck used to be the bully of the barnyard when the geese were small. Now he is experiencing bullying from the much bigger gander. The gander even chases Petunia, the goat, away from his ladies and food – and Petunia runs! Then Daisy Duck and one of the geese were seen jockeying with each other to sit on the nest where each had laid their egg in the same spot!
What’s there to do in the Shenandoah Valley in February? 27 Jan 2015, 2:12 pm
Watch a play at the Blackfriars Theater in Staunton. The
following 4 plays are playing on a rotating basis so you can attend
a different play each night if you visit for a long weekend:
Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, The
Rover, by Aphra Behn, The White Devil, by John
Webster, and Ben Jonson’s Every Man in His Humour. For
more info visit the website www.AmericanShakespeareCenter.com.
And if you come to the area, consider staying with us at Blueberry Hill Farm Vacation
Winter Sunset 4 Jan 2015, 2:30 pm
Viewed from the back porch:
Another new addition 2 Jan 2015, 6:12 pm
New addition 12 Oct 2014, 1:12 pm
Our Geese 20 Jul 2014, 11:14 am
We have 5 Pilgrim geese which are now about 3 months old. The gander is white and the females gray. They are very elegant as they stroll around and move together as one body! The geese and the 2 ducks are in the barnyard together but tend to ignore each other.