The Woods

OK. It has been a rough 36 hours.  Or  how many hours? Since Saturday morning anyway. It feels like a week. We are not out of the woods yet but I do see the light a little.  The calf scours have not got the better of us yet. I have three calves looking quite good- still not …

Scours in Calves

By late morning yesterday four of the five calves were scouring. Diarrhea. Bad. All except Difficult.  Here is what I know. Any loss of fluids needs to be replaced very fast or a small newly born animal like these calves will die.  The scouring needs to be attended to immediately. If caught early and I …

Bye Bye Amanda

While Godot watches over Mrs Flowers as she sits on her eggs. Mr Flowers swans about the garden eating zucchini flowers or sleeping on the front door step watching us through the window. He is a magnificent bird. And so tame. Amanda drives home to Texas today and her car bears the marks of frequent …

The Song of a Sow

It is 5. 14 in the morning and outside the window hanging low in the Western sky  is a bright full moon.  I was texting with Fede last night and said to him Can you see the full moon and he said No, I can only see buildings. This was such a sad answer. Yesterday one …

Little

Corn is the new asparagus. Because there is so much of it we are eating it at every meal. Last night I made corn chowder and I would share the recipe with you but it was deeply pedestrian. The stock made from the corn cobs was startlingly good though.  I decided to bring Little the new …

In for coffee

When you add another code to your day. (I added five calves and 50 meat chickens). One needs to add more time!  The time is added at the beginning and ending of each day. So we are in the flux stage, the reshuffle. Then yesterday we had to add a trip to the vet for …

Babies in The Barn

The little calves are here and they are a lively group. Mostly. A few are quieter but all are drinking well.  I fed them their electrolyte when they arrived last night then later milk with electrolyte mixed in. I have a little bull calf and a wee heifer. The heifers were very cheap.  Much cheaper …

Chicks and Calves

Today is going to be a busy one. Soon the girls and I will drive over and pick up fifty more chicks from Jake’s brooder house.  These are the last of the ones for the family freezers.  The Chicken  Caravan is in a new field ready and waiting.  And hopefully a couple of calves will be delivered …

Amanda’s Eyes

One of my favourite things is to give Camera House to a guest and then see what images speak to them. Here is the farmy from the Point of View of Amanda’s eyes. I do not need to say much more really. Her pictures speak for themselves.  Love your friend with friends on the farm. …

Spanish Black Turkeys

The  Spanish Black  turkeys are growing very slowly. But surely.  They are inquisitive and have a shrill call when they think they are being ignored.  I still have no idea what the gold one is. I am hoping it is a hen though. Then we can keep her. Geraldine the Peachick has bonded very strongly with …