Cluckin' "A" Critter Farm, LLC
Cluckin' "A" Critter Farm, LLC
The year 2016 has been a monumental year for the Cluckin' "A" Critter Farm in that we have added new and exciting items to the store AGAIN!!! Vick has really increased the inventory of healing stones and cyrstals, plus an expanded line of Oracle cards. We continue to offer all the authentically made Native American ceremonial items and are expanding our inventory of those items too. We have large and small turtle rattles, drums spinning drum rattles, deer toe rattles, skin rattles and Cowrie shell rattles. We still offer local jewelry, pottery, jams, soy candles and soaps, along with our beeswax candles made from the wax of our honey bees. We offer our honey, processed free range broiler chickens and maple syrup from a little further north of here. Our store will be open Fridays and Saturdays through the fall and winter months now.
We will begin an open house starting on Black Friday and the day after for all you early Christmas shoppers. We will have all of our items available and much more from local artisans too.
We built a new tool shed / work shop onto the front of the barn this year. We had farm tools scattered all over the place...in outbuildings, the house, the basement, the tractor shed and barn, so any time you had to perform a job, you could spend lots of time running around looking for tools and materials. Now everything will be in the work shop/tool shed and easy to find. I have a small propane heater I will use in there for heat this winter, rather than use a wood stove and worry about fire in the barn. I will use the propane heater as long as I am present and shut it off when I leave.
We also added two more bays to the existing tractor shed, which will be used for storage of the back hoe attachment which sat out in the weather all last year. We also now have a place for the post hole auger to be housed inside. We can keep our wood pellets in there and out of the rain and snow along with the wood we use to heat the farm store.
Our friend Jiri from New Jersey, brought us a bunch of double hung windows which we removed from the frames and installed single six panel windows on hinges in the openings all around the chicken coop in the big barn. We also took a storm door we had for years and installed it where the screen door was that had to be covered every fall with plastic. Now we can choose to open windows throughout winter if we have a nice warm day and immediately close them up when it gets cold lagan d not do when covering windows and doors with plastic.
We will take a day and remove two rotted wooden floors...one in the turkey house where the Royal Palm turkeys live and the other floor will be in the brooding house where there is just naturally a lot of heat and humidity with young birds present. Once stone is put down, we will install rubber mats to insulate the floors.
The spinning wheel repairs continues to flourish and expand in orders for parts and rebuilds. We were just featured in the last edition of Country Folks magazine which told the story of how Vick and I met, got together and started the farm. It ended with the featuring of what we do and spinning wheel repairs as a wheelwright was high on the list of work we do here on the farm. I'm sure that with this article and the many members of the Schoharie Golden Fleece Guild spreading the word to all their friends who need help or repairs, I know I'll be even busier the coming year of 2017...