Monday, May 31, 2010
Since the broilers are being housed so close to the garden and nothing significant had been planted yet I thought it would be ok to let them out and knew they wouldn't wander off. Well, shortly after they came out, this little guy came over to "help."
*Mom, I felt like asking him to go vacuum he was so much help!
He was a smart one though, he knew I'd be the one doing all the work and he'd have to just stand there and eat the worms, bugs and well, whatever else he was eating that had just been unearthed. A few others joined him later, but all together they were too much help and had to be shooed off.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
While I know scooping out feed and hay to my 90 animals makes for a large grain bill; however, while at the barn where the kids are working with their 4-H dairy cows that subject came up. I was thankful that my feed bill is small compared to having to feed 80 THOUSAND POUNDS of feed every day. WOW! BIG numbers!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Capt. Augustus McCrae
Movie: Lonesome Dove
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Let me end by saying farming with all the wonderful things to be experienced and the sheer ecstasy of life sometimes hits you with a sucker punch and the faint of heart need not apply.
When I went to the barn this morning for morning chores and a chick check, if I was being honest I'd tell you it was a chick check and then morning chores, but I digress. I ran back into the house to get the kids and the cameras to capture this video. This is Andrew holding the chick and talking, (what a shock to those that know him huh?) Just a few short minutes later we had another hatch in Faith's hand, the video for hers was way longer, so I decided to post the shorter one. They were both in absolute amazement! I'd seen a chick hatch when I was younger and it's something that I find just as amazing today as I did then. Momma #2 is doing great, seem very contended and will be extremely busy shortly with 7 (so far, two to wait and see about) new babies to look after.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
On another note, I wanted to know how much bigger the broilers were than the layers, since they seem to literally be growing in front of my eyes. I got out the scale and weighed one, they all started out at the same size, well, the layer weighed in at 2 1/4 oz. but the broiler weighed in at 4oz! (I marked it so that I could continue to see the progress.) I'm positive I could find a slightly larger bird, but was just amazed by the fact that it was nearly double the size of the layer! I shouldn't really be as all those birds do is eat, sleep and POOP!
One more note, we've got 5+ chicks hatching right now, I'll post a picture of the newbies once they arrive.
Monday, May 10, 2010
I cannot explain how amazing it felt to hold these little baby chicks in my hand and know that one will provide nice healthy meat for my husband and the other will provide us with delicious fresh eggs. I realize it may seem contrary for a vegetarian to raise meat but that is fine with me, I love it, it keeps those I'm close to guessing! Besides, I know how these birds will be raised and what they were fed but also know what they were not fed! Knowing this meat will be healthier for my husband makes it alright with me to raise it.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I could not make this stuff up people, this is life with my son! Earlier I had blogged about the grasshoppers in my kitchen, well does that make a bit more sense now knowing I had a room hopping with frogs earlier today? My husband wonders why I don't want carpet in the house....
I wonder how long it would take to get the frog smell out?
Monday, May 3, 2010
And here is Andrew's calf, she was born in March, so she's not too much younger than the other one but this way they don't have to compete against each other in the 4-H shows.
I knew I had to act quickly and get something warm into this chick Faith was counting on it. She sat by the fire with her baby and we began feeding it with the eye dropper.
She had calmed down after a bit and the chick opened it's eyes, after a few more drops it started trying to peep again, and Faith started crying again only this time tears of joy and relief.
What we were doing seemed to be working, Andrew wanted to help as well.
By this time it was about midnight and we were exhausted! Faith asked if she could sleep downstairs next to the chick and I said ok. She slept on the love seat next to the chick all night. Watching, praying, waiting and hoping.
We got up the next morning and were quite relieved to find the chick had survived (I had an idea that it would be just fine several times during the night when it was peeping loudly enough to wake me up, did I mention several times?) and was peeping loudly until Faith picked it up. Later in the morning Andrew was holding it and it climbed up here.