Watching Our Babies Grow

This Chicken Coop pictured here, has certainly seen a lot of hours of work clearing and repairing it for the young Chicks to stay safe from predators.

My husband and son-in-law working hard in their spare time on the weekends, getting the coop ready in time. Clearing debris, cutting down old trees, hauling out fallen tree and limbs, redoing the height so we can walk in to check on the chicks without stooping, placing net on top securely along with repairing any holes to keep predators out.

We are enjoying raising chicks, ducklings, and goslings from the days old stage. This whole experience has been a brand new adventure! At first we had the chicks in our Farm Office, but once we cleared a large outbuilding, they had a great home for safety, to grow their colorful feathers, and to stay safe and warm.

If you, or you and your family, are interested in raising feathery children, I can suggest a link. Becky is very down to earth, and you can learn from the ground up on how to build a chicken coop, and caring for the chicks as they mature.

This weekend our 8 week old chicks went from the nursery, on a very short ride, (across the lawn and garden plots) to their chicken coop. I love each one of them, and loved taking care of them daily and nightly. Before you think of purchasing them, make sure you know that you have to keep their bedding clean, provide warmth, and feed and water them daily.

Goslings and Ducklings are a bigger responsibility because they have to take a bite of food, then a drink of water. They are messy when their beaks or bills touch the water because they need this water to help them swallow their food. Let the splashing begin because they love to put their whole head and neck under!

If you show this photo to your little one’s, see if they can see the size difference in the goslings and ducklings!?!

We have 2 ducklings that need extra care and plenty of prayer! They are growing at a much slower rate and just can not keep up with their siblings.

Please pray for us πŸ™‚ We are slowly growing, and hope to be able to join our feathered family soon in the bigger nursery.

Farm Live Along With Good, Bad, and Trying Times, 2020

All three of our Dogs play well together now. Fear was that they would not all get along when Zoey came to guard the farm animals. They are best sisters and watch out for each other.

Today I woke up excited that it was Friday, May 1,2020. The sun was shining at 6:30 and I was going to conquer the world, or maybe what needed to be done on the farm.

But, the bad had to mingle with the good right away. The dogs went out and I went to feed the ducklings, goslings, and chickens. Just as easy as you can lose a thought, the dogs were gone. One place in the fence line out by the road gets washed out when we have a lot of rain. They seem to know when that is, and they scurry under and run the neighbors field and check out the cows. If you have an English Bulldog, you know they can not run free. They can run a couple of laps, then they need water and to take a nap! They finally came back and thankfully weren’t hit by a car. Daisy will probably sleep all day!

I have said it before, we get a lot of rain, and boots and raincoat always stay by the door. No complaining when you can look out and see wildflowers, flowers, and green trees. We have three large garden plots that might need to be mowed before we can plant seeds! πŸ™‚ The good part is that we should be able to do some tilling tomorrow and plant our seeds since we have had a few days free from storms.

The chickens are ready to go to the coop and they turn 8 weeks old May 5. We have not been able to put them out there because of temperatures dipping back down in to the 30’s and 40’s through the night. We have ducklings and goslings that need to take over the larger part of the nursery. Then turkeys are arriving in a week and a half.

We still have 2 goats that like to escape their pen, but we have goats that are content. They are a joy to watch run and play, butting heads and doing a goat binky. Our oldest daughter told me her bunny binkies, but I had not a clue what she meant. It is one of the cutest things to see as they run and jump. They look so free and happy! If I can get the goats on video, I will share with you.

My parents live with us, and the good is that they live with us! I can still laugh with my dad. I can still ask my mom how she stayed on such a great schedule every day and still cook, clean, shop, garden, can, go to school, be a pastor’s wife, and raise children.

We miss being with our huge family during these trying times, but we have so many ways to connect and we are very blessed. Always in prayer. Have a blessed day :)Jen