Sunday, June 16, 2013
We have around 260 laying hens. That many hens scattered around our farm doesn't seem too overwhelming in fact I love to see them running about chasing bugs and scratching in the dirt. One of the many problems with truly free range laying hens is sometimes they lay their eggs wherever the need arises. Most of the hens go in to the coop and lay in the nesting boxes which makes collecting eggs a breeze, they stay nice and clean and are easy to get to. Some of the younger hens have decided to lay their eggs in various places on the farm..in the bushes,under the trampoline, by the water trough... well you get the picture. Once the ladies get a bit older they go and lay in the boxes but for now we have to hunt for all the pullet eggs. The kids think this is great fun, I get rather annoyed when I find them someplace unexpected like on the front porch flower pots!
Friday, June 14, 2013
We have a sweet new calf! Florence finally blessed us with a strong healthy heifer calf last week. After weeks of worrying she had her calf with no problems. Florence came to us from a grass dairy and seems to be doing well, we have been milking for a week and she is producing well on very little feed. We are transitioning to a full fodder feed system and I really think she will be our star producer. Now to name this little one!
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
If you look closely you can see a very faint rainbow in this photo. Farming can be a bit like this at times, you really have to look for the beauty. We have had our fair share of ups and downs in our journey. With this life you never really know what the day will bring, I have gone in the pasture to find the blessing of new life and on the flip side I have left the pasture devastated from loss. I always knew that this would be difficult, you always hear about how much work farming is, but someone forgot to tell me how heart wrenching it can be. Since our arrival here we have lost 100's of chickens, lambs, a butcher steer and the hardest was when we had to put Gladys( the best milk cow in the whole world) down. I am faced with muddy lots, manure covered clothes, hay in my hair and dirt under my nails. Even after all of this I am really the happiest farmer I could be, being able to be HERE to be blessed by my friendship with these animals is priceless. I get to teach my children good animal husbandry techniques and see them really mature and appreciate those animals that they serve. My children have a great respect for our animals and with that they teach other children to see these animals for more than a furry thing to pet. I love our lifestyle even when I really have to look for that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.