Joys and pains

I haven’t got any more news on the horse I mentioned yesterday. I am really hoping he can pull through. Situations like these are the harder side of farm life.

Thank God for the many joys farm life can bring, otherwise no one would be doing it.

As we were getting started out, still learning a lot, we had an awful situation that made us both question if we truly wanted to continue, yes, before we ever truly got started!

Our very first cow came from a grandparents farm. Her ( Coal ), Momma didn’t have milk, so her life started rough. Even as she grew, she was always alone. None of the herd would have anything to do with her. So she came to live here. Later we were told the grandparents didn’t think she’d make it when they gave her up! ( Lol thank you! ) Well, she did! Lots of love and care and a few years later, she’s doing great! She is smaller than average but doing great otherwise.

It came time to get her a buddy! We bought a young bull, Ace, from someone down the road. We bottle fed him, he grew, was healthy and ornery, but a good bull!

About a year after getting Ace, we went to the livestock auction and ended up getting 2 calves! They seemed healthy, ate well and were spunky! Then suddenly, they weren’t!

We had kept them separate from the others we had, it didn’t matter. One died suddenly one morning and the other the next day! From fine to dead in no time. It was heartbreaking.

I believe within a week Ace became very sick, very suddenly. With all that was done, we lost him also. That one hurt bad!

So trying to grow, we went from 1 to 2, then 2 to 4 and suddenly back to 1 again.

We lost money, it hurt emotionally and we were just beginning.

We did however carry on. This past year we brought home 3 big healthy girls from a farm. This past Winter, we had our very 1st calf and another followed in early Spring!

Now that was exciting!

Both were little bull calves and very healthy!

Romeo (born on Valentine’s Day ❤️), our 1st calf, has grown into a big boy with a good disposition.

Moonpie, the 2nd one, is a slower grower, a little shy and he was banded and will be our first homegrown beef!

There are good days, there are bad days. I’m glad we kept going and have gotten to enjoy this experience and that we have endured the bad as well. We have learned a lot!

That’s your chicken poo daily 🐔💩

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Labor Day

It’s another beautiful morning here on the farm, we had a little bit of rain last night, it’s cool and peaceful, the birds are chirping and a squirrel is gathering acorn nuts for the upcoming Winter. Leaves are starting to fall and some are starting to lose their lush green color. Watching the chickens scratch around the yard gives us great enjoyment. We are getting preparations in place, stuff cleaned up, and other odds and ends done before snow starts flying. My wifey doesn’t like the cold but to me it brings a season to slow down, enjoy the quiet, relax. We still have to build a fenced in area to put our large round bale feeder for the cows and build them a new shelter to stay out of the weather. Fall is ( almost ) here and that means cooler days and chilly nights. Time to get the Dutch oven out for soups and stews over the fire. Yummy. ( That’s babe’s entry ❤️ ).

Went to a nephews home this afternoon. Their horse appears to be choking, ( can breathe but not swallow ). Being Labor Day getting in contact with any equine vet to come out has been impossible. We finally left ( later returned ), praying they found someone.

They have three kids, 8, 4 and 3. I had so much fun playing with them. I miss my kids being little, now 24 & 26, it’s been a while! Their laughter and calling out my name, melts my heart! Love them! They wore me out lol! ❤️

…later….like bedtime later!

Just got home, spent a lot of time contacting people I know with horses. A friend had a med that relaxes muscles, hence the throat would relax and the blockage possibly move on out. So went and got it and went back to my nephews. Was worth a shot, considering still no vet! They will get one out in the A.M. Hopefully he makes it, we all tried the best we could do. I will update tomorrow. 🙏

It’s been a long day!

After a 10 day vacation, babe goes back to work in the morning. The 1st day is always hard, I feel lonely after so many days of having my other half around. It will seem all too quiet in the morning without him. ☹️

Goodnight! ❤️🙏

..and that’s your chicken poo daily…for now! 🐔💩

Cows, coyotes, trees & scarecrows, oh my!

The cows have all been down here within eyesight from the house all day! Out of the ordinary for them! Usually they are here in the morning and again in later evening, otherwise they’re up in the hills somewhere. Well babe rode the Can Am up on the back side of the property and unexpectedly jumped a coyote! Guessing he’s the reason the cows are staying so close! Lovely! I’m sure this accounts for why I am missing some cats, unfortunately.

Along his ( babe’s ) way up on the hill, he discovered another tree down! She would make a nice saw log! We need some good rough cut for upcoming projects!!!

Made a scarecrow today! I still need to get a pumpkin for his head, so right now, ” Herman ” is pretty much headless! 😱🎃 Oh dear, poor fella! You’ll get a head soon buddy! 😉

Yeah, Fall is creeping into my system a little prematurely lol, but it’s all good, as it makes me happy! ( Besides, I hear by next weekend, we could see some low 40’s so that’s close enough for me! ).

Of course Gizmo had to get in on the scarecrow making action as well, or rather the hay! Of course it made for fun playtime and a wonderful bed for an afternoon nap! ❤️

Later…..

We now have Herman and Hazel!

Hope you all have a great and safe Labor Day weekend!

That’s your chicken poo daily! 🐔💩

Escapee & chicken poo!

While I’m still not to the point of sharing our big news, I thought I’d do a quick update otherwise!

Our 6 month old bull calf, Romeo, is some sort of Houdini! He has been out twice in the past week and a half or so! So tomorrow the electric fence will be stretched as far as the remaining roll will get us! Haven’t yet discovered his escape route! Good thing is, he hasn’t gone far and we’d like to keep it that way!

My blog title, Chicken Poop On The Porch, is no longer simply a name! The chickens thoroughly enjoy our porch for some unknown reason and well……there is truly chicken poop on our porch! (The name came from previous experience in raising chickens and here we are yet again with their gloppy little gifts that we’d rather not receive! 😂). Missed having chickens so much and while it’s not especially pleasing, you know the poop on the porch part, I am absolutely loving them once again! They are not yet laying eggs, getting antsy waiting on fresh eggs!

We had some large 1000 pound slabs of concrete left over from where we reworked our bridge across the creek into just a drive through creek crossing! ( The bridge was dangerous in the Winter! ) Those slabs got moved to an out of sight and out of the way area yesterday. Babe used the forks on the tractor to move each one, no biggie! Underneath those slabs was about 8 baby black snakes and inside one was a copperhead!!! 😱🐍 ( The concrete has hollow tunnels that run the length of each slab, they had previously been the 2nd story gym floor in a church! Just in case you were wondering how a snake was INSIDE the concrete lol!!! ) Needless to say that area is now cleaned up and the snakes have since moved on! Thank God!

We plowed the garden over and are done for the season. We had/have been very busy and honestly it got neglected and was not as productive as it could of been, more time and care allowing. Next year we plan to do things differently and to also have more time to spend keeping up with it.

Life has been very busy, rushed and chaotic for a while! We are finally winding down a bit and both of us are so grateful for that. Sometimes life throws ya a curve ball and you gotta do stuff you didn’t see coming, big stuff! We make such a great team, babe and I, and we have worked very hard taking care of the unforseen! I am proud of us and will be ever so grateful once all is completely done with and I know he will be too! 🙏🙌

#teamwork #strongtogether

That’s your chicken poo daily….for now! 🐔💩

Randomness! Food, garden, critters

We have once again had several busy, busy days. However, we have gotten pretty good about Sunday’s being for rest, other than the must do tasks. It has been very nice and I think we both look forward to it.

We are starting to get cucumbers from our garden! Funny, neither of us like cucumbers until they become pickles and we’ve yet to make any this year, so far anyways. My Mom however loves them so she was thrilled to get them yesterday! The tomato plants are absolutely loaded….now if they would just start turning we’d be in tomato heaven! When they do, we’ll be overloaded!

This gal keeps paying random visits! I think she’s plotting a garden attack! She doesn’t much mind our presence. ❤

Though none of it came from our garden, this was the beautiful meal we had yesterday. It was so good. Love the fresh meals of Summer! Simple, yet so tasty.

The young chickens are enjoying their 1st taste of Summer’s goodness. They fully approve. 😊

Let’s talk about the bunny cottage! Piper and Annie have plenty of room to move about, unlike the typical rabbit hutch, which I am not a fan of. We had done traditional hutches in the past and I personally will never go back to them. (If anything, we have an interest in doing a rabbit colony). I purchased a used kiddie playhouse cheap, cleaned it up, done some painting and we added mesh over the windows and framed up the bottom to be appropriate for keeping rabbits. There’s small shelf areas so they can utilize the upper space also. We also have plexiglass cut to cover some of the window openings during very cold weather. During the Summer heat, I keep frozen water bottles to put out with them to lay next to so they can cool off. Heat is very rough on domesticated rabbits, so they appreciate it I’m sure. Piper and Annie are pets only at this point. We have tried meat rabbits before and at some point, we might get a buck and do it again. But for now, just pets. 🐰❤🐰

The mobil chicken coop! Built completely out of scrap, the best kind of projects! The top contains roosts and nest boxes, a hatch to allow them access to below, which is where we keep their feed and water, which keeps the upstairs quarters much cleaner and dry! The waterer and feeder are hanging underneath, which has greatly reduced mess in the feed and dirty water to near nothing! WIN! They spend most all their time down below, several even choose to roost there for the night, while a couple prefer the above. Once they are completely full grown, they will be able to free range and only use the coop for nighttime safety. We use the tractor to move the coop to fresh grass each day, little lawn mowing fertilizers! 😊 We will utilize that capability in the garden through Fall and Winter, as well as free ranging time. We have kept chickens several different ways over the years and I will say, this has been the absolute best and most efficient.

A little decor 😂 and fresh herbs hanging for a fresh smell.

We had some business to take care of, or try to at least get some info on taking care of, so we headed to town. While out, we went to the library! I absolutely love library trips! It seems such a magical place, loaded with fun and knowledge to be loaned out for free! It is a forgotten place to many, but we love it and utilize it. We also got 6 DVD, which is great because our 4 antenna channels, with one being weather, does get a bit boring at times!!!!

I am going to learn the art of crocheting one way or another! I have the “Bible” on it now, if that don’t work well…..😏 but I still have hope….a little anyways!

After arriving home and having some dinner, we went out to begin weeding our big garden that is beginning to look more like a forest. We worked for what seemed like forever and hardly made a dent! We were working solely by hand and a stirrup hoe (absolutely awesome tool) because the tiller would not start. We will be making some garden changes soon and many before before next year to be so much more efficient! I went ahead and pulled the onions, not prime time but onions nonetheless! We will hopefully be having our neighbor till over that area of the garden as well as the bean section once we pick, likely this weekend. Then we will replant!

Stirrup hoe! Great tool. We have very rocky soil and it still works pretty well, though much better in the raised bed.
It’s been a good day when you finish with dirty hands 😂

…and that is your chicken poo daily! 🐔💩

OH! One more thing! Some tomatoes are starting to ripen! That was an exciting sight! 🍅🍅🍅

Snack size! 😊

Moving on…

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything new. We have had a lot of curveballs since I last published anything and I must admit, it had all kind of dragged me down, both of us honestly. I just hadn’t felt at all like my usual self. Well, I AM BACK! What is, just is. What will be, will be! So carrying on!

What’s been happening and what’s new around our little slice of Heaven….

We have been busy! We have had some days, actually filled with hot weather….and sunshine!!! 🌞 What?! YES, sunshine! It has still rained a good bit, it’s raining now, but we’ll take what we can get!

A beautiful sunset

The chickens are growing. We move the coop to fresh grass each day and will continue this until they are full grown and ready to free range! The time is getting closer quickly.

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The gardens have taken off! The tomatoes are growing so quickly that it’s hard to keep up getting them tied up! The plants are strong and beautiful, loaded with blooms and green tomatoes slowly beginning to ripen. Very exciting! 🍅🍅🍅

Not from our garden just yet, but an amazing dinner nonetheless! Simple Summer goodness ❤️

The cows are doing well. The calves are growing quickly, strong and healthy. These were our first calves and the fact they are strong, healthy and doing wonderful since day one is absolutely beautiful to us. Many local, very experienced farmers in our area were losing calves like crazy this year. Not the normal for them. So we were quite anxious and couldn’t be happier. There’s just a special aspect that having cows brings to a farm, I think. Yes, they can be a pain and a lot of work but those big old eyes speak to my heart and I have fallen in love.

They were all ready for pictures ❤️🐄

We have several kittens currently. They are absolutely adorable and so entertaining to watch. The little fluff balls have stolen our shoes and wreak havoc to anything left on the porch. For example, my basket filled with clothespins, it had a kitten in this morning and my clothespins were scattered all over the porch! There are two that I think we will be bringing in the house to keep. They are so cute and very sweet.

1 of the possible keepers! Those curled ears 😍

Let’s talk about snakes…ughhh! We have had 8 so far this year! Two being copperheads!!! Neither of us are fans of the slithering type whatsoever! However, last week and of course after dark, we find an already dead snake in the driveway! It was blue! I have never seen a blue snake and not many others around here have either apparently. We believe it was an Eastern blue racer?! It was quite thin but very long. If anyone thinks different, please share! It was pretty, in a creepy way!

There’s been a lot more, menial work, nothing notable. We have been helping others, others have been helping us. It’s such a blessing to have people you can truly rely upon. ❤️

It has been a long few weeks, a long day and it’s bedtime so….

that’s your chicken poo daily 🐔💩