Monday, April 16, 2018

"Molly Moo Cow"

What a week! I've been a little M.I.A. this week. It's been chaotic. I've taken on a new responsibility around the farm, bottle feeding Holly, which I'll get into more in a minute. I've been coming home, feeding the chickens, feeding Holly, cooking dinner, and falling asleep on the couch, put that on repeat for a few days and you have my week. I am so glad to have a peaceful moment to write on my blog. NOTE: It is 7:00 A.M. on my day off and the farm is still asleep. All you can hear is the occasional meow of Allie Cat, the crowing of Goliath the Roo and a bird chirping outside our window.

I think this is the most peace I have had in my entire week. This quiet moment before the house awakes.

So, let's talk about something I have been dreading. Maybe this is another reason I've been missing because I didn't want to write this post. But you know me if I introduce y'all to one of my animal babies and something happens, I have to give you closure just like I need closure.

Let's talk about Molly.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Molly & Holly

With so much going on around the farm I am completely sucking at posting on a regular schedule. Life is almost like in a fast-forward button. I feel like I don't have enough time in the day to get everything done. Today I spent my day keeping an eye on Molly & Holly.
"My sweet Holly laying in the grass."

For those of you who don't know, Molly is the mama cow that the farmer bought me at the sale and Holly is the calf that she had after a few weeks of being here. Molly is not able to give Holly enough milk since it's her first calf ever and oh is Holly hungry! She's constantly going to Molly trying to suck but poor Molly just can't help her out. We've given her a bottle today and yesterday and she drinks it all quickly then goes to Molly wanting more. She's a growing girl with an appetite! That's for sure! 

The other day, we were searching for Holly and couldn't find her anywhere. Molly had walked off with the others and the farmer kept walking through the pastures looking. I saw a small brown blob in the grass and I said, "What in the world?" I kept creeping closer and closer. It wasn't moving. My heart began to race. I whispered to myself, "Please, please, please be alive." I got closer and she still wasn't getting up. She was curled up in a ball and had her eyes shut. I couldn't tell if she was breathing. "Kevin! Over here! Hurry!" I inched closer until I saw her ear twitch. I sighed a deep breath of relief as the farmer ran over. Her eyes started to open slowly and she sat staring at me (which is when I got the adorable photo attached).

I'm still a little worried about both of them because they're not out of the woods until they're both gaining weight and both are eating well. So keep them in your prayers for the time being. Please & Thank You. 😇

Monday, April 2, 2018

Fine Dining, Discovery & Seeing God's Love

Oh what a week it has been! I am exhausted as I type right now. Today was my seventh day working and I am feeling it. I'm late on my posts for Lady of the Farm because I've been so tired lately. Ugh! Can I please go nap?

Anyway, so let me give you a rundown of what's been going on and what's been on my mind:

Friday, March 30, 2018

Babysitting for a Mother Hen

Life as a farm wife is such a beautiful thing. Of course, it has its ups and downs but what lifestyle doesn't? Today I was thinking. I get to experience so much here on the farm. Today, for example, I got to help a mother hen care for her babies.

A few babies have been born this Spring. My hen, "Alcatraz" hatched out one little black chick. "Fluffy Butt" hatched out three, one yellow, one creme and one black. Alcatraz's baby died one day. We are thinking she may have accidentally smothered it. But once she realized he was dead she climbed back on her nest and continued sitting.

My heart breaks for Alcatraz. She wishes to be a mother so badly but nothing is happening. She has lost her baby and all she wants is to have another. I've thought about placing a few eggs under her and hoping at least one was fertilized.

Then we have Fluffy Butt (F.B.) who I had a "moment" with today.

I was watering the hens a little before sundown. F.B. was chirping away over at the coop. I leaned down and looked under the coop. she would walk up the ramp into the coop and the babies would run around the ramp trying to understand how it worked. Then she would stomp back down and chirp a few times then walk back up the ramp and try to coax them to walk up to her in the coop. It was not working in her favor at all. I sat there watching her repeat this three, four, five times until she finally decided it was time to rest. She settled down on the dirt and drug all three chicks under her feathers and tucked them all in. I knew that was my chance to help her out a little. I scooped her and the babies up then put them all in the coop. The babies jumped out from her feathers and she hopped into the nearest nesting box. I sat staring into the box, the babies were stretching their legs as much as they could trying to hop into the nesting box. The first two hopped on in no problem. But then the last chick tried to hop in and he's just a little on the short side so he couldn't get in there as easily. I helped him by cupping my hand and pushing him into the nesting box.

It was that moment. That moment right there that made my day. How I was so involved and it was like F.B. knew exactly what I was doing to help her. She never once tried to bite me or attack me but when another hen gets too close she will attack. It really made me feel good to think that she trusted me with her baby chicks. Maybe I am the chicken whisperer. 😂

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Produce Season Dreaming!

I have been the worst wife this week.

When I am sick to the point that I have no energy, I will do nothing but lay around and be sick. This week has been no exception. I've gone to work, came home and continued to push my body to the max. My house is a wreck, my face looks a hot mess and all I want to do is sleep.
But anyway, enough of a sickness sob story, let's talk farm stuff.

I'm extremely exhausted so I'm going to make this short, sweet and to the point.

I am CRAVING Fruit Stand season! I will be helping out at the Waycross, Ga. location as much as possible this Summer. I can't wait to add new goodies to the Walker Farms Waycross Location!