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. http://beckyshomestead.com 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

New Goats, Dog, & A Mystery Pig

We now have 11 goats, soon to be 12!! Boer, Nubian, Pygmy-Kiko-Nigerian Dwarf mix. Learning is wonderful fun, exhausting, and rewarding!

The older goats, Moses, Delilah, and their buckling Sampson are extremely friendly. Delilah might be using me though, to see what snack I have for her. Raisins, bread, carrots…

Moses was intimidating for me, and still is because of his size, but during this season he is as gentle as a kitten. One morning, I was stuck in one of the stalls in the barn. Going in to get their feed, we knew the door needed work and would stick. Pushing and kicking was getting me nowhere, and I would have to stay in there all day till Gary got home that night. Moses was so concerned, (NOT about Me) but that I had his food in there. When I would push, he would stick his giant head in and try to pry the door open!

Their buckling, Sampson, is enjoyable right now. He jumps in the air, runs all around, butts his head against your hand, and loves to play all day like a pup.

Our other goats are small and very fast. Two got out in to the field, and giant Delilah got over in their area. I spent three hours trying to repair fences and chase little goats with long sticks to guide them back around the barn and in to safety. And for fun, I did it all over again the next day. By then, I was laughing and upset at the same time.

Spying and sneaking around the outbuildings was how I discovered who the culprits were. Zoey, our new two year old Great Pyrenees and Delilah (Our biggest sneaky trouble maker) was going through two places in the fence and a couple little one’s wanted to follow. Delilah would come right back, happily content that she was getting rid of the small goats. Early on we realized, she is a handful πŸ™‚ and does not play nice.

Zoey is amazing. She is kind with our whole family. Her head stands up to my waist and one paw could knock me over! She wishes she could sit on my lap! When I walk the farm, she leans against me. I picture myself growing old, my body completely tilted to one side!

Our neighbors have giant farm dogs. Zoey early on went over for a visit and one morning she was laying down with one of the farm dogs back in our field. Made me think of the Looney Tune Cartoon where one Great Pyrenees is clocking out for the day, and another is clocking in to watch for Wile E. Coyote to appear.

A MYSTERY TOY appeared a few days later, maybe Zoey took it from the dogs’ farm as her own, or they brought it over as a piece offering!! Could she be a Klepto?? Oh, NO!