I had just made my coffee and fried meatloaf on a muffin for breakfast. You know I will fry up anything for my breakfast but a fried meatloaf sandwich is my latest favourite. And beep went my phone. The smallest of beeps – a txt message from the Post Mistress – TWO boxes of chicks had arrived – all alive and filling her Office with loud indignant peeping.
So I swallowed my breakfast, grabbed my jacket and hat, went to the barn, stole one of the piglets heat lamps, jogged back to the turkey house with it, set another receiving area up, turned the light on, filled up the water containers with water mixed with chick electrolyte, filled up the feeders, loaded up the dogs and raced off to the little country Post Office to collect the boxed flocks.
On arrival, every chick gets a drink before being set down into their warm container. The chicks huddled together and the ducklings were off running around their big space their big feet paddling at speed through their food and around their water chasing a fly that happened to be in there.
It takes a while to settle forty little birds. But they had a good day and a good night. Their (old cracked water trough) containers are covered in old windows – heat lights above so they weathered the nights cold very well.
Anyway on my drive back from the PO I saw that one of the electric cattle fences on the West side was broken so the moment I had finished the chicks I gathered my tools and loaded the dogs into the white truck and drove back, then down into the dell to fix the fence. Thankfully none of the cows had noticed!
Then I raced back home got cleaned up and went into the local school to donate blood. While I was lying on the gurney being bled my man with the pigs called. He had four for me and could he bring them this afternoon. No way was I saying no to that offer! So once I was done with the blood, (and agreed solemnly not to lift anything heavy and to take it easy for the rest of the day), though feeling nauseous and hungry, I drove back home and hauled in the last bales of straw and got feeders full and water in. Shifted panels and gates and awaited my new hogs.
They look good. Two Berkshires and two Herefords. And this man who took so long to get them here raises them softly and gently so they are also quite tame and friendly. Though this is the first time in their lives that they have been outside so they were having a great time exploring.
What a great day. And all in sunlight – even better.
I have airbnb guests coming this afternoon so after chores I will be setting up the Coop. There will be sun today too so it will be lovely to work in there today. But first chicks and pigs and piglets and sows and cows and bringing the glasshouse plants out to begin hardening off.
And after all that I will go and buy the hay seeds and oat seeds – if all goes well John will sow the new hay field this weekend. And I will begin in the vegetable garden.
So all in all as one thing led to another I had a very good day and another full day today.
And the farm is fully stocked up again. The quiet time is over.
Now to work! I hope you have a lovely day.
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