chicken keeping · Homesteading

Flooded…. Homesteading Heartbreaks.

I read a post recently by Kira King at “The Homestead Kings” about how Homesteading/farming isn’t for everybody. I agreed with her quite wholeheartedly because… well animals die. Crops die. A lot of hard work gets wiped out in a moment.

It’s not an easy life. And it’s easy to get hard hearted about it all.

But.. That really isn’t a good idea either.

You have to remain tender while yet getting tougher.

Quite a balancing act wouldn’t you say?

This is what I mean though. You have to remain in a place of being tender hearted so that you care gently and wisely for the animals in your care. If you get hard hearted, you get harsh and, without intending to, cruel.

There has to be a certain level of caring that remains in your heart for the lives you are taking care of and raising. Even if what you are raising will be butchered for your dinner table. Their lives are still very valuable.

I bring this all up because this morning I went out to take care of my chickens in their chicken tractor out in the pasture. We had a HUGE downpour last night during a brief thunderstorm followed by a night of rain. It never occurred to me that that part of the pasture would flood.

It did.

I lost 5 chicks. 2 more looked terrible but seemed to be perking up after getting warmed up. They are now in a chicken tractor on the concrete with hay under them for bedding. I put a heater in there to warm them up again. They seem to be doing fine now.

Once it dries out again, I think I will put them out on the grass, but in a different area of the yard. Where it didn’t flood last night.

I guess that is what we do. We try one thing and then another and do what works best for our area. Kind of what we do in life, isn’t it?

Not sharing pics from that disaster, but I will share pics of a different kind:

The new baby turkeys arrived this morning too. It has been an emotional roller coaster today!! Beautiful turkey babies, some older birds dying. Lots of things going on!

Keeping my eyes and mind on this verse in the midst of this all:

Philippians 4:8-9 The Passion Translation (TPT)

So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God,[a] praising him always. Follow the example of all that we have imparted to you and the God of peace will be with you in all things.

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18 thoughts on “Flooded…. Homesteading Heartbreaks.

  1. I had chickens, ducks, and geese. When the raccoons came for the chickens, and alien mutilation happened, I was distraught. Even conibears, bait, and the trusty 12 gauge and my coon hound could not deter those beasts. It’s hard to lose animals you raise up from babies.

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      1. No, but you realize all creatures must eat, and mark it down to animal behavior, cry a bit, and maybe make your chicken ranch more secure. I kinda felt sorry for all the raccoons I killed in revenge too. Death is pretty final, and really does not answer any real need in the world. Except maybe to make room for the young.

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  2. This is how I’m feeling at the moment! Trying to remain tender. My husband and I are in the middle of building our cabin from scratch and we have been sleeping on the floor for a few months with the animals about an hour away until we have a barn built and field ready!


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