Where Java Chickens and Goats roam the old hardwood forests and pastures surrounding a 1850's North Carolina farmhouse on the National Historic Registry.Life at High Ground Farm has been authentic and simple, in step with the seasons, and the land, for over 30 years.
Living here for over 40 years, I ...We have learned how to coexist with abundant wildlife.Snakes are a big part of our coexistence. This year, copperheads were too many to count; the largest juvenile black snake I have eever seen got away after TRYING to swallow a 12 week old Java pullet; a beautiful Southern Ringneck; Garter Snakes in abundance; and a few years ago a Hognose Snake, which was quite intimidating because they flatten their heads just like a Cobra!There have been years of flying squirrels coming down the chimneys. Running up and down the stairs. I became quite good at catching these strong little creatures with a towel to release outdoors. Holding them for a second to look into their magnificent faces. Wood Ducks fall down the
chimneys in spring as they look for nesting places. Usually during a rainstorm.
I have come to expect them. Easy, now that I know how, to pick up and release
Chimney Swifts nest in the chimneys in spring. This is why Chimney Caps, although…