Archive for April, 2010

Spring on the Farm

April 18th, 2010 by Kim

I LOVE SPRING!

The old apple tree in full bloom.

The grass turns green, flowers bloom.  It’s a time of new life…..and new babies on the farm.  It’s so refreshing and exciting after a long, cold winter.  So on Friday, as I made my rounds visiting the animals, I drank in the beauty of it all and enjoyed the new life around me.

Lacey & her newly hatched brood.

We had eggs in the incubator when one of the hens decided to go broody.  So I gave her the eggs for the last week and she did a lovely job of hatching them out….all 14 of them.  Of course none of them are genetically hers because she wasn’t among the hens I put in with that rooster, but as far as she’s concerned they’re all very much hers and she’s being a great momma.  Once they were all hatched & dry, she took them over to the feeder & showed them what to eat.  When she was satisfied with that proceeding, she headed to the waterer to teach the drinking lesson.  The mothering instinct  just amazes me!  And the miracle of birth fills me with wonder no matter the species.  Seeing these straggly chicks hatching out of their eggs is just as wonderful as seeing a foal or calf being born.  And now they’re energetic little fluff-balls, running around exploring their new world….what fun!
(more…)