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.

(Courtesy of Biblegateway.com)

Blessings,

Vicki

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chicken keeping · Homesteading

Chicks are OUTSIDE!!!

Finally.

Spring’s warmer side has finally come out. The grass is growing and my plants are starting to bloom so nicely. Of course, many of them look terrible because of the weather and some help from the hens.. They love this garden for their dust bath area.

But the tulips and daffodils don’t seem to mind too much. They are blooming anyways. This picture is of my first bloomer this year- the Pulmonaria. Before any of the rest of them have even come up much, this one is in full bloom!! Yes- this is the warmest spot in the gardens.

And I finally was able to get the chicks outside on the grass!! They aren’t very happy with that arrangement yet. They aren’t entirely sure what to think of their home moving to a new, cleaner spot every day. They don’t seem to like the grass. I am hoping they are eating some grass and bugs.

Here they were in the chicken tractor in the shed. They seemed pretty happy in there, but they weren’t getting much sunshine and dirt. And- it took up a large part of the shed, stunk terribly and just generally was gross.

But it worked for the couple of weeks I needed it to work. Now, they are where I hoped they would be 2 weeks ago. I left the doors open for them today to go in and out if they wanted to. I just peeked out and they seem to still be inside the tractor. Maybe later today, I guess. Or maybe I will put their feed and water outside for a while to lure them out.

I put an electric poultry netting fence around the area to help keep critters out. I am hoping that between that and Millie the Mule, I will get all my chickens to the butcher for us to eat and sell. I do not like giving away free chicken dinners to whatever predators decide they want one.

Notice that hubby installed wheels on the back of the tractor. Those lift the back off the ground to help move the tractor more smoothly. They work great!! I can position them up or down to whatever I need.

This week we should get the turkeys I ordered. I need to work today on getting their set up ready. I need to scrub the feeders and waterers and prep the tank with bedding and a heat lamp. Just like what I do for the chicks. Can’t wait for them!! I am hoping to keep some for breeding and to raise my own turkeys.

Time to get some things done today! Lots to do now that the weather is cooperating!! I planted my hay bales last weekend and hopefully after all the rain we got last night, we should seem some sprouts!! This darn wedding is getting in the way of my farm life!!!

Hehe…. My Mom brought me a great stone for the garden. Should probably say, “Farming” but gardening works. Perfect for right now!!

Ah well… Plenty of time to catch up next week. We are so excited for this wedding!!

Blessings,

Vicki

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