Tia has given birth to a beautiful little baby bull. The vet was here working with Aunty Del, who is still struggling, so she was on hand.
And all went well. The calf was up and drinking very fast.
This morning I will milk Tia a little. The calf and I will share.
Below you can see the results of the flooding. The fields are covered in water, my basement is full of water, the creek/ditch is terribly high, up to the bridge actually and all the surrounding ditches are at the level of the road. This will take a while to drain. Until the rivers go down this water has nowhere to go.
Because of the high waters the cows on the other side have no pasture and I have no hay. So I have opened up the middle of the barn and they can roam where the hay was stored, there are quite a few broken bales and dropped hay. Hopefully this will keep them going for two days then I will lead them down into the lesser wet field and lock them in.
Having animals living with lots of space means lots of mud at this time of year.
Also the ducklings have arrived! I had no warning of course. But I was kind of ready.
With Del sick with high temps again and mastitis and then collecting the chicks – my car, planing out on the wet roads because I was driving too fast, and then Tia going into labour with her placenta coming first, and then both Vets arriving all in a morning with fog and loud torrential rain – I was a little overwhelmed.
The ducklings are all quite busy and good. I also have six Easter Eggers as a special gift to me from me – if all goes well, these chicks will lay lovely colored eggs that will jazz up the egg trays I sell to the chefs. There are lots of eggs going up to Chicago and I want mine to stand out. Pretty and nutritious. Already I make patterns from my dark brown and light brown and white eggs.
All the chickens and ducks roam free so by the middle of summer our landscape will be interesting!
I milked Del again at nine last night – I will milk her three times today – though I have to get some work done at the Mill too. But hopefully we start to get on top of her problems today.
Ok! Time for work.
How did it get to be a Friday already!