26
Jul
07

My new best friend…

 

We have a situation on our little homestead.  We have about two too many roosters.  One of which is very mean and has attacked and drawn blood twice on my legs.  Now instead of changing into jeans and boots just to go into the coop to collect eggs I have a few other methods I use.  I’ve taken our cat with me, and he doesn’t bother me.  He just watches me from his perch on top of the waterer.  One day the cat was nowhere to be found, so I took a small piece of OSB board in with me to use as a shield.  It worked to block him from attacking my legs, but I also had back up.  There is another rooster in there who is now my body guard.  If the mean rooster comes after me he attacks him and pins him to the ground.  It’s the most amazing thing.  It may have nothing to do with me personally and just be a dominance thing.  However, that little guy is a keeper and my new best friend.  He has earned his place on our farm and when the day comes to downsize our rooster population he will not be one of them.  Has anyone ever butchered a bantie worth eating?  They aren’t that old (maybe right at two years).  I just know there isn’t much to them and didn’t know if it would be worth actually butchering them or not.

I’m meeting my Grandma for lunch today.  Yea!  We always have a fun time when she comes this way and we do lunch.  Dh is off today and tomorrow and on a mission to finish up some projects around the farm. 

This evening we are going to deliver some Avon and stop in to visit with my aunt and uncle while we are out and about.  Tomorrow we are helping my Dad worm his sheep and separate his lambs from their mamas.  When we are finished we are headed to a small Amish community nearby to do some shopping.  I’m in need of a breadbox and would love to buy and oil lamp if I can find one reasonably priced.

Saturday we plan to tag our sheep, take some pictures of our ram lambs that are for sale to email to some prospective buyers, and finish up weening all of them.  It’s going to be noisy on our farm for a few days.  The mamas don’t seem to cry for their babies as long as the babies cry for their mamas.  Poor things.  It’s really quite sad.  I cried the last time we weened one of our ram lambs and he cried and cried.  Ugh!  There are hard parts and not-so-hard parts of animal husbandry.  This just happens to be one of the hard parts.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

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I am the wife to my wonderful husband and joint care giver to the many animals we have acquired on our small farm here on the prairie. This is a bit about our life on our farm. We are striving for simplicity and self-sufficiency, determined to become debt-free, trying to live in tune with the natural cycles of this earth, and challenging ourselves to transition to a diet based on traditional foods. It isn't always easy, and we don't always succeed, but it is a fun learning process. Join us as we stumble through learning how to provide for ourselves, get off the treadmill, and work toward a simpler way of life.

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