Wednesday, May 18
We started our small farming efforts in 2010 here at our homestead in Northwest Florida with 6 tiny poults. A month or so later we added 3 Californian/New Zealand rabbits to the mix and really from there I have sort of lost count and track of what animals have come and gone! We went from just a few hens to supply our table to a large flock that now feeds not only us but many families who are seeking more wholesome clean food options. Over the last few years we have had some loss to our flocks along the way. These are the realities of farm life, as hard as it is sometimes.
We went out to the barn one morning this past month to find 7 of our beautiful plump meat birds slaughtered and laying all over their pasture - from corner to corner was carnage. I was livid. I work hard to raise good clean meat for our freezer, for not only us but also our grown children and their families. To have this kind of loss was unbelievable and made me heartsick. Through the years of farming here at Erilyn Farms we have had to increase the strength of our fences, with a smaller mesh so predators were deterred; we even had a beautiful guardian dog at one time. He was one of the sweetest, most loving dogs you would ever hope to meet. He was not really concerned with guarding however. So soon we found that it was necessary to rehome him. We have been without a guardian for our flocks since.
In order to keep foxes, coyotes, and opossums etc away we made the decision to seek out a candidate for that job! We found him!
Meet Gavin White Hawk, isn't he gorgeous?! Eric and I went to meet Gavin a few days ago, and surely we fell in love with him at first sight! Today we brought him to his forever home, here at the farm.