My Old Man

How many of you can you relate to this? You have animals all your life and then once you get to be an adult you get your first animal that is all yours. Its a great thing, until down the road when you start to look at pictures of them and realize…

They are frosty old. Then it is very real… you have to deal with all the things that come with animals old age. When your a kid you have your parents or someone that usually creates a shield in some way for you. But even when you grow up with animals and have dealt with life and death of those animal’s its still very different to deal with it as an adult and when they are solely your responsibility. So our first dog as a married couple is going on 12 and the last couple years has really started to show his frosty age.

The thing is I love his frosty old self. We call him old man as he is starting to have that difficulty loading up in the pickup truck and his joints (as all of ours) are aching more. But in his eyes I still see his puppy youth and when he runs and plays on occasion I still see the life he has and how despite his frost he is still a puppy at heart. Got to love the aging dogs 🙂

Memories of September

Last September we were able to go to the lake for a little vacation with my folks. It was actually one of the most relaxing vacations since our honeymoon over 10 years ago. Our boys came. Our lab/healer mix wanted nothing to do with the water or boat. We barley got him on the double decker dock.

chase boat

Yet our terrier mix Chase absolutely loved everything about the place… the lake house, the dock, the water to swim in, and especially the boat. He loved riding on the boat and we had to make him get off when it was time to go in for the day. He also loved watching the fish from the dock and using his life jacket to swim. For a farm dog he adjusted to being a lake dog quickly 😉

Sad News

It’s official… we have a fox 😦 We have been pretty lucky here that predators usually stay away because the dogs are in with the chickens off and on all day and until bed time). The smell of the dogs and us usually keep them out of the fenced in area we have for the dogs and chickens. But not this fox… Sunday night we went to lock up the girls and found this one missing…

other girl

We looked and looked and never found her. We assumed we had a predator. Well Tuesday morning we woke up and two more girls were mulled… Luckily hubby found them (or what was left of them). We found out it was our old girl…

old girl

And my only blue egg layer that had been gotten…

blue layer

I was pretty upset this predator got my blue egg layer (well I was upset about all- never fun to have chickens die like that). We predator proofed our coop and the area more, and had to finish in a bad thunder storm. Then Tuesday night before we let the boy out we would check the area. About 9:30pm I went to open the back door so the boys could go out and a fox shot out from behind hubbys grill, down the back porch steps, and across the yard. By the time hubby got there the fox was in the neighbors field. This fox must go he’s too bold and I can’t have him killing my chickens. I am praying he doesn’t get anymore.

Flowers and Fun

Been a busy week around our place. Chickens are happy and hopefully laying more on a more regular basis. The dogs and cat are happy with more sun than rain.

yellow flower

Flowers were enjoying the rain and are blooming like crazy now in the sun. Got a fun comment on my last post from the UK, its neat to learn about other areas of the world. Fun news to come about one of the chickens 🙂

So humid… animals not happy… people not happy either

The last 3 days it has been so humid that when I go out to take care of the animal or work in the garden I come back in looking like I just stepped out of the shower.

big girls

The chickens are lazy and not laying eggs much. The dogs are lazy inside… Not the dog days of summer because the dogs don’t like the humidity either 😉 But on the up side if the weather man is actually right for once then it should be cooling off (a little) next week. If your in this heat and humidity I hope you are finding ways to keep you and your animals cool. (Quick idea: chickens and dogs love cantaloupe and watermelon 😉 )

Happy 4th!

It’s the 4thof  July… time for fireworks, picnics, cookouts, and celebrating the USA!Strawberry cupcake

Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence_Day_(United_States)

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Its quite humid here today so they boys are inside or in the shade.

Bax Chase Gray

Happy 4th USA!

Baby Chicks Days Out

Our youngest chicks are now a month old and we have taken them out a couple times into the yard in a protected area for some grass play time when it is warm enough.

baby outside

Their play time was cut short today by a thunderstorm, but they seemed to enjoy the time they had.

Baby white

They had been playing out of their pen under a heat lamp inside for a while now. But we really like them to get used to the outside if it is the right temperature and safe for them.

babies play

If they had been hatched here their mama would care for them and keep them safe. But without a mama bird we have to do things a little different.

baby brown

We use a Tarter big burn ring to keep them corralled and put fencing over it so they don’t get out but can experience the sun and air.

babys ring

We are in the process of getting our almost 3 month old chicks used to outside all day and the big girls used to them. Slowly getting their day time pen closer to the big girls. In the next 2-4 weeks we hope to have them outside full time and the other chickens accepting them into the flock. (Hopefully closer to 2 weeks 😉 )

adolescents pen

Wish us luck with all these girl. This is the hard part, getting the old girls to accept the new ones. As well as getting rid of this rooster and the others in his group getting used to being without him. At least we have a trusty dog to help manage when they get a little out of hand 😉

 

Happy Memorial Day 2017!

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Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, was held on May 30 from 1868-1971. It marks the start of the unofficial summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans. (info from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day)  

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Today hubby had to work this morning so I worked around the house, got the 2+ month old now chicks out into their outside pen for some fresh air, and did a few things around the house. My boys were on the porch watching me work and usually sleeping…

chase memorial day

Once hubby got home we did some more work in the yard, grilled out a late lunch, and are going for a lovely drive later with the boys. Its so lovely here today 🙂

baxter memorial day

Our gratitude to those families who have lost loved ones in the line of duty. To all: I hope you and your families are having a pleasant and beautiful day!

Chick Adventures

The baby chicks have been getting out more now that it is warm enough and are learning many new things. Sometimes they learn together…

chicks

And other times one or two will get brave and venture a little further solo before running back to the group…

chicks black

But they are never to far from me yet…

chicks 1

Because Chase will herd them back if they do go to far…

chicks herd

They are learning how to peck at the ground for food…

chicks peck

And how to pose for the camera…

chicks pose

It’s a fun time with them and will put you in a good mood watching them learn to be chickens 🙂

 

 

 

Chase and Chicks

The baby chicks went out to play again today as it was warm and nice enough. Chase came out too as he has been really good with them inside, so we watched him around them outdoors. He is used to baby chicks as this isn’t our first rodeo with chicks, but we always watch the boys with them anyways.

Today Chase showed he is the protector of them as he is of the other girls.

At first the chicks weren’t sure of this big creature walking around them. But soon made friends with Chase and used him for a little cover…

Chase was very protective of them even when they went near hubby, he was still right there watching them.

It was a cute site to behold and the baby’s had so much fun outside you could tell.

But eventually they got a little chilly so it was back inside to get warm under the heat lamp and take a nap.

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