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Roosting with the goats.

Our small flock increased by 30% when these three hens came along with the goats; two Blue Ameraucanas and a Cuckoo Maran. They prefer to roost by themselves, outside the chicken coop, just above the goats.
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#ChickensofRainwaterRanch #newcomers #twilight #citychickens #movedtothecountry #chickens #pasturedchickens #freerangechickens #smallflock #ChickensAtRainwaterRanch
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#pastured #pasturedchickeneggs #freerange #happyhens #happychickens #freerangeeggs #chickensofinstagram #farm #countrylife #organic #compost #smallfarm #farmlife #farmliving #countryliving #sustainable #sustainableliving #permaculture #RainwaterRanch #YoloCounty
Roosting with the goats. Our small flock increased by 30% when these three hens came along with the goats; two Blue Ameraucanas and a Cuckoo Maran. They prefer to roost by themselves, outside the chicken coop, just above the goats. • #ChickensofRainwaterRanch  #newcomers  #twilight  #citychickens  #movedtothecountry  #chickens  #pasturedchickens  #freerangechickens  #smallflock  #ChickensAtRainwaterRanch  ---- #pastured  #pasturedchickeneggs  #freerange  #happyhens  #happychickens  #freerangeeggs  #chickensofinstagram  #farm  #countrylife  #organic  #compost  #smallfarm  #farmlife  #farmliving  #countryliving  #sustainable  #sustainableliving  #permaculture  #RainwaterRanch  #YoloCounty 
Sisters; Nutmeg & Neroli.

One horned goats; big horn and little horn.

@urbanorganica found them a new home and helped build it too! Thank you, Maya. 💕❤️🐐
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#RR_NutmegAndNeroli #GoatsAtRainwaterRanch #goats #NigerianDwarf #NigerianDwarfGoats #goatrescue #goatadoption #slipperyslope
Corner posts.

Looking across at the neighbors to the north from the edge of the north grove near sunset.

We went to check on irrigation and realized that we need to come up here, at this time of day, more often. We couldn't stay to watch the sunset though. We had to hustle to get a bunch of stuff back into shelter. It was supposed to rain overnight through morning.
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#SunsetAtRainwaterRanch #sunset #fencepost #barbedwire #CobleRanch #BobcatRanch #clouds #goldengrass
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#smallfarm #farmlife #farmliving #farm #countryliving #countrylife #rural #organic #compost #growourownfood #sustainable #sustainableliving #permaculture #RainwaterRanch #YoloCounty
Corner posts. Looking across at the neighbors to the north from the edge of the north grove near sunset. We went to check on irrigation and realized that we need to come up here, at this time of day, more often. We couldn't stay to watch the sunset though. We had to hustle to get a bunch of stuff back into shelter. It was supposed to rain overnight through morning. • #SunsetAtRainwaterRanch  #sunset  #fencepost  #barbedwire  #CobleRanch  #BobcatRanch  #clouds  #goldengrass  ----- #smallfarm  #farmlife  #farmliving  #farm  #countryliving  #countrylife  #rural  #organic  #compost  #growourownfood  #sustainable  #sustainableliving  #permaculture  #RainwaterRanch  #YoloCounty 
Hedgerow's edge

Good evening, we're standing in the middle of the patch looking north to south in fading light just before sunset.

Last spring, at the edge of an existing hedgerow, we planted two types of lavenders and 3 types of eucalyptus (foliage greens); English lavender 'Munstead' already in bloom, French hybrid 'Grosso' soon to follow backed by eucalyptus 'Silver Dollar', 'Baby Blue', 'Silver Drop'. The plants are still small but we're very happy with these one year old plants.
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#FlowersatRainwaterRanch #lavender #lavandin #eucalyptus #aromatic #aromatherapy #essentialoils#flowers #flowersforfun  #flowersforbees #flowersforus #floralgreens #greenery
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#garden #organic #compost #smallfarm #farmlife #farmliving #farm #country #countryliving #countrylife  #sustainable #sustainableliving #permaculture #rural #TheHappyGardeningLife #RainwaterRanch #YoloCounty
Hedgerow's edge Good evening, we're standing in the middle of the patch looking north to south in fading light just before sunset. Last spring, at the edge of an existing hedgerow, we planted two types of lavenders and 3 types of eucalyptus (foliage greens); English lavender 'Munstead' already in bloom, French hybrid 'Grosso' soon to follow backed by eucalyptus 'Silver Dollar', 'Baby Blue', 'Silver Drop'. The plants are still small but we're very happy with these one year old plants. • #FlowersatRainwaterRanch  #lavender  #lavandin  #eucalyptus  #aromatic  #aromatherapy  #essentialoils #flowers  #flowersforfun  #flowersforbees  #flowersforus  #floralgreens  #greenery  ----- #garden  #organic  #compost  #smallfarm  #farmlife  #farmliving  #farm  #country  #countryliving  #countrylife  #sustainable  #sustainableliving  #permaculture  #rural  #TheHappyGardeningLife  #RainwaterRanch  #YoloCounty 
Peace and tranquility... shattered by egg announcements. Interesting chicken behavior,  how they cluck and cackle right after laying an egg. Anyone know why? I mean REALLY know why. 😆

Anyway, that fence and pen are coming right along. This spot might actually turn out to be a nice place to hang out.
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#MajesticAndSuperiorCacklingHen #ThirdStoneFromTheSun #chickensounds #backyard #peaceful #tranquil #cluck #cackle #cacklinghen #eggannouncement #ChickensAtRainwaterRanch #fence #ChickensofRainwaterRanch #pasturedchickeneggs #freerangeeggs
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#smallfarm #farmlife #farmliving #farm #countryliving #countrylife #rural #organic #compost #growourownfood #sustainable #sustainableliving #permaculture #RainwaterRanch #YoloCounty
Peace and tranquility... shattered by egg announcements. Interesting chicken behavior, how they cluck and cackle right after laying an egg. Anyone know why? I mean REALLY know why. 😆 Anyway, that fence and pen are coming right along. This spot might actually turn out to be a nice place to hang out. • #MajesticAndSuperiorCacklingHen  #ThirdStoneFromTheSun  #chickensounds  #backyard  #peaceful  #tranquil  #cluck  #cackle  #cacklinghen  #eggannouncement  #ChickensAtRainwaterRanch  #fence  #ChickensofRainwaterRanch  #pasturedchickeneggs  #freerangeeggs  ----- #smallfarm  #farmlife  #farmliving  #farm  #countryliving  #countrylife  #rural  #organic  #compost  #growourownfood  #sustainable  #sustainableliving  #permaculture  #RainwaterRanch  #YoloCounty 
Backyard perimeter fence stretched by @leftrightlee just to the point of ATV wheelie. Doing his best to freak @laurenmcnees out as she stood there biting her tongue while taking this vid 😆
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Awesome custom made fence stretcher made by @mrs_rusin 's husband. It's great when your neighbor is a rancher,  @wintersranchbeefcompany, with all sorts of ranch tools that they kindly let us borrow. 😁
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#heyyallwatchthis #fieldfence #crossfencing #fencing #fencepost #fencestretcher
#fencestretching #sheep #goats #chickens #fieldfence #noclimb #ATV #wheelie
#sheepandgoat #livestockfence
#chickencontainment
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#organic #farm #smallfarm #farmlife #permaculture #countrylife  #farmliving #farm #countryliving #rural #sustainable #sustainableliving #rural #RainwaterRanch #YoloCounty
Backyard perimeter fence stretched by @leftrightlee just to the point of ATV wheelie. Doing his best to freak @laurenmcnees out as she stood there biting her tongue while taking this vid 😆 • Awesome custom made fence stretcher made by @mrs_rusin 's husband. It's great when your neighbor is a rancher, @wintersranchbeefcompany, with all sorts of ranch tools that they kindly let us borrow. 😁 • #heyyallwatchthis  #fieldfence  #crossfencing  #fencing  #fencepost  #fencestretcher  #fencestretching  #sheep  #goats  #chickens  #fieldfence  #noclimb  #ATV  #wheelie  #sheepandgoat  #livestockfence  #chickencontainment  ----- #organic  #farm  #smallfarm  #farmlife  #permaculture  #countrylife  #farmliving  #farm  #countryliving  #rural  #sustainable  #sustainableliving  #rural  #RainwaterRanch  #YoloCounty 
The chickens really dig that old rail fence spot.

We probably spend too much time watching 'chicken TV' but it really is mesmerizing and relaxing to watch chickens doing their thing. Check out our hashtag #RR_ChickenTV; peck and scratch your stress away 😌😆
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Enjoy, chickens; cross fencing is going up soon. You'll have to figure out how to take the long way to access that area. 😁
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#ChickensofRainwaterRanch #FunnyTheRedHen #chickens #pasturedchickens #freerangechickens #smallflock #ChickensAtRainwaterRanch
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#pastured #pasturedchickeneggs #freerange #happyhens #happychickens #freerangeeggs #chickensofinstagram #farm #countrylife #organic #compost #smallfarm #farmlife #farmliving #countryliving #sustainable #sustainableliving #permaculture #RainwaterRanch #YoloCounty
The chickens really dig that old rail fence spot. We probably spend too much time watching 'chicken TV' but it really is mesmerizing and relaxing to watch chickens doing their thing. Check out our hashtag #RR_ChickenTV ; peck and scratch your stress away 😌😆 • Enjoy, chickens; cross fencing is going up soon. You'll have to figure out how to take the long way to access that area. 😁 • #ChickensofRainwaterRanch  #FunnyTheRedHen  #chickens  #pasturedchickens  #freerangechickens  #smallflock  #ChickensAtRainwaterRanch  ---- #pastured  #pasturedchickeneggs  #freerange  #happyhens  #happychickens  #freerangeeggs  #chickensofinstagram  #farm  #countrylife  #organic  #compost  #smallfarm  #farmlife  #farmliving  #countryliving  #sustainable  #sustainableliving  #permaculture  #RainwaterRanch  #YoloCounty 
Happy Monday and good morning from the orchard.  Trees are showing excellent response to pruning/hedging.

Hormones produced at the tips and shoots of plants suppress lateral bud growth and branching; apical dominance. Pruning removes apical dominance and allow lower buds to initiate growth. Just like pinching shoots of vegetables and flower plants to make them bushier.

Pruning citrus also reduces fruit production. Because vegetative growth can have a negative effect on fruit set we have to be careful how much we prune off. The reduction in fruit yield is somewhat proportional to amount of branches removed.

We started hedging the trees 4 years ago to control overcrowding and re-train trees. We have them on a 3 year program. Hedge odd alleys (area between rows of trees) one year; hedge even alleys the next year;  top the trees the third year then start cycle over again.
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#futurefruitwood #apicaldominance #auxin #pruning #hedging #lateralbudgrowth #citrus #oranges #NavelOranges #lemons #LisbonLemons #grapefruit #rubyredgrapefruit
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#RainwaterOranges #organic #certifiedorganic #farm #smallfarm #farmlife #farmliving #rural #country #countrylife #countryliving #permaculture #sustainable #sustainableliving #RainwaterRanch #YoloCounty
Happy Monday and good morning from the orchard. Trees are showing excellent response to pruning/hedging. Hormones produced at the tips and shoots of plants suppress lateral bud growth and branching; apical dominance. Pruning removes apical dominance and allow lower buds to initiate growth. Just like pinching shoots of vegetables and flower plants to make them bushier. Pruning citrus also reduces fruit production. Because vegetative growth can have a negative effect on fruit set we have to be careful how much we prune off. The reduction in fruit yield is somewhat proportional to amount of branches removed. We started hedging the trees 4 years ago to control overcrowding and re-train trees. We have them on a 3 year program. Hedge odd alleys (area between rows of trees) one year; hedge even alleys the next year; top the trees the third year then start cycle over again. • #futurefruitwood  #apicaldominance  #auxin  #pruning  #hedging  #lateralbudgrowth  #citrus  #oranges  #NavelOranges  #lemons  #LisbonLemons  #grapefruit  #rubyredgrapefruit  ----- #RainwaterOranges  #organic  #certifiedorganic  #farm  #smallfarm  #farmlife  #farmliving  #rural  #country  #countrylife  #countryliving  #permaculture  #sustainable  #sustainableliving  #RainwaterRanch  #YoloCounty 
repost @leftrightlee
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Bambi pilot.
Helping @thetinyshinyhome position  their latest restoration and custom build, a 1962 Airstream Bambi, for equipment and systems testing. She's shiny already. I wonder what she'll look like after she gets buffed and polished!😲
📷 @igparker
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#1962airstreambambi #airstreamrestoration #airstreamrenovation #restoration #airstream #bambi #airstreamlife #airstreamgoals #airstreambambi #custom #airstreamdreams #vintageclassics #airstream #airstreambambi #goldengrass
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#organic #certifiedorganic #farm #smallfarm #farmlife #farmliving #rural #country #countrylife #countryliving #permaculture #sustainable #sustainableliving #RainwaterRanch #YoloCounty
repost @leftrightlee --- Bambi pilot. Helping @thetinyshinyhome position their latest restoration and custom build, a 1962 Airstream Bambi, for equipment and systems testing. She's shiny already. I wonder what she'll look like after she gets buffed and polished!😲 📷 @igparker • #1962airstreambambi  #airstreamrestoration  #airstreamrenovation  #restoration  #airstream  #bambi  #airstreamlife  #airstreamgoals  #airstreambambi  #custom  #airstreamdreams  #vintageclassics  #airstream  #airstreambambi  #goldengrass  --- #organic  #certifiedorganic  #farm  #smallfarm  #farmlife  #farmliving  #rural  #country  #countrylife  #countryliving  #permaculture  #sustainable  #sustainableliving  #RainwaterRanch  #YoloCounty 
A bin of blue, black or purple Aztec Corn?

We went to a local market and saw this in the Mexican Food section. That's a lot of seeds for $1.29! They sell for $3-$5 an ounce from various seed sellers. I wonder what the germination rate is. We'll find out.🌱🌽😁
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#seeds #seedsource #cheapseeds #corn #AztecCorn #maizmorado #purplecorn #bluecorn #experiment
The backyard.

The backdoor opens out to a small patio and into the chicken pasture that gradually slopes down into a seasonal creek. The first two pics are what it looked like in the fall as our place greens up. The last pic is what it looks like now.

We're finally reclaiming part of that yard; removed the old split rail zig zag fence and repurposing the rails, posts and poles into cross fencing that small pasture and also for the the goat pen.

The chickens will be fenced out so we can finally have the patio/backyard area to ourselves and build a deck that Lauren has always wanted.
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#ChickensofRainwaterRanch #FunnyTheRedHen #chickens #pasturedchickens #freerangechickens #smallflock #ChickensAtRainwaterRanch
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#pastured #pasturedchickeneggs #freerange #happyhens #happychickens #freerangeeggs #chickensofinstagram #farm #countrylife #organic #compost #smallfarm #farmlife #farmliving #countryliving #sustainable #sustainableliving #permaculture #RainwaterRanch #YoloCounty
The backyard. The backdoor opens out to a small patio and into the chicken pasture that gradually slopes down into a seasonal creek. The first two pics are what it looked like in the fall as our place greens up. The last pic is what it looks like now. We're finally reclaiming part of that yard; removed the old split rail zig zag fence and repurposing the rails, posts and poles into cross fencing that small pasture and also for the the goat pen. The chickens will be fenced out so we can finally have the patio/backyard area to ourselves and build a deck that Lauren has always wanted. • #ChickensofRainwaterRanch  #FunnyTheRedHen  #chickens  #pasturedchickens  #freerangechickens  #smallflock  #ChickensAtRainwaterRanch  ---- #pastured  #pasturedchickeneggs  #freerange  #happyhens  #happychickens  #freerangeeggs  #chickensofinstagram  #farm  #countrylife  #organic  #compost  #smallfarm  #farmlife  #farmliving  #countryliving  #sustainable  #sustainableliving  #permaculture  #RainwaterRanch  #YoloCounty