Thursday, April 22, 2010

From Rebecca's Kitchen Window

Isn't it nice when you wake up in the morning and can hear birds singing? I love that, but when I wake up to 400 chickens squawking and cows mooing all at the same time, that isn't so nice! With Gary rotating the animals in the pastures, sometimes they are closer to our house than other times. Right now they are close to our house and my bedroom window!! Why is their idea of morning and mine two different times?

Our ewe's are having baby lambs now. I was wondering when our cows told the baby lambs about California? We were sitting at the table the other night and this van pulls up and says that they had a baby lamb chasing their van and it's ambiblical cord was still hanging down. Now not only are the lambs trying to escape our farm at an early age, but they are doing it by hitchhiking! Do they have California lambs?
The other day, we decided we better walk around the pasture to make sure all the lambs were okay. As we were walking through the pasture checking on them, I came across this one lamb, all by itself. I picked it up and it was so soft and had had the sweetest little baaing sound. It's usually hard to catch lambs they run away from you with their mothers. We couldn't figure out who this little guys mom was, so we steered all the sheep towards it and still nobody owned up to this little lamb. It started following me around the pasture, it even took its nose and nuzzled it against my leg. I hope he doesn't think I am his mom! Poor guy, I guess he was disowned! Ethan took it up to the barn and is now bottle feeding him, and he is doing very good on a bottle. I think I will have to name him! Actually, I better ask Ethan if it's a boy or girl first!

One of our cows just had a hefier calf. Mom and calf are both doing fine! We have another cow that is expecting very soon. The poor girl looks miserable, if you can say a pregnant cow can look miserable! Her utter is so big she can barely walk. When she walks her legs are spread way apart and her legs rub along her utter. When she lays down on her side her one leg sticks up! Infact, I thought she was dead when she was laying there, between her huge belly and utter and her leg sticking straight up in the air! Having had 6 children and 2 of them both being over 10 pounds I can remember feeling like a cow myself! I remember my dad saying "Becky, I think you need a wheelbarrel to carry that belly around"! I sure hope she has that calf soon, I might have to find a wheelbarrel for her! ha

So life on the farm is growing right now with baby lambs, calves, chicks, turkeys, and by the end of May baby pigs! Life is good.



1 comment:

  1. Hi Rebecca,

    I'm so glad I came across your blog and would love the opportunity to speak with you about a tractor safety initiative I'm working on for Kubota. I can't find your email address, so is there any chance you could email me when you get a chance?

    Congratulations on the new additions to your extended farm family!

    Thanks so much!