Friday, June 13

Farm - 101

You might say that I jumped head first into this farming thing.

A friend needed to find a good home for her pony. Could I take him?
"Sure! How much do you need for him?" "If you'll take him soon, he's free!"

Just ask my hubby... There's no such thing as a free horse.

After almost losing Twister to a deadly horse disease last summer, and a terrible bout of colic on April Fools Day, we're on a 1st name basis with the horse doc.

Twister's doing great now. He's lost a lot of excess pounds, and has a clean bill of health.

He's a handsome boy.



How hard can raising chickens be?!

Actually pretty easy. If only the dog could be trusted to leave them alone, they'd be free-range. They have the next best thing though. I keep moving their HUGE chicken yard around and they scratch & peck to their hearts' content.




Now we get almost a dozen of these beauties a day.



Sometimes they fuss over who gets a certain nesting box, or they just share.




Then I got the bright idea that I'd like to incubate some eggs. Wouldn't that be fun? Well, let me tell you ... It was horrible. We incubated 22 eggs, hatched 12, lost 6. It was hard to take.

However, we now have 6 beautiful babies:



Meanwhile, these shenanigans are going on....



And finally, I may have reached my limit.
I'm a pig farmer now. We are officially "Windkist Farms, LLC". We'll be taking pork orders all summer, in conjunction with a partner farm, and selling all-natural pork in autumn. I believe all orders are filled, and we're taking reservations for next year. How cool is that?!

Meet "Hot Rod" & "Sparky". Sisters who are practically joined at the hip. They sleep, eat, and play side by side.





It's all very exciting, and exhausting on some days. Put up fence, haul feed, mend fence, move the "babies", clean the coop, yada-yada-yada.

Our kids are lovin' it. We have fresh eggs, pork coming in the fall. Fresh air & exercise, and this greeting me 3 times a day.



Life is good.



4 comments:

Mommy said...

Great picture post! And what a great family opportunity. I think it's great when we have work we can be involved in as a family.

Rach said...

Lucas will be glad to hear about the pork reservations. Ah, bacon!

I love your farm!!

Anonymous said...

When you were very young, you thought about..........um, I might like to be an animal vet. Not only do you bring them into world, but you, nourish them, care for them and above all love what you are doing. This will no doubt pass on to the kids, and they too will embrace all that one can imagine and more....

Mom

Anonymous said...

Wow! (and that's 'Mom' upside-down). Beautiful pics, beautiful description, beautiful. Also, just read the article on the Water Divas. Too kewl.

Am I signed up for some WindKist product? We'll talk. See you soon.

- SIL K8