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Three Surprises

I had three surprises on the farm this week.

Surprises aren’t unusual on a farm. It seems that most of our surprises aren’t fun surprises. They are often surprises because we have to fix something that broke unexpectedly, or take care of a sick or injured animal.

The surprises we had last week were fun surprises! Happy surprises!

A New Bunny

One of our friends needed a new home for his bunny. We love our friend very much and I just happened to have a nice, big cage that would be a good home for him. His name is Kanoosh. What a funny bunny name!

But….

He escaped! We didn’t have a very good roof on the cage and I think he must have crawled out of the small opening at the top of the cage.

How do you catch an escaped bunny? One that escapes on a barn with farm fences!

All our fences have big holes in them. We don’t need a tight backyard fence like you probably have.

And I had to find his hiding place! Where did he sleep at night?

About a week later I headed out to the hay shed to see if I could find Kanoosh.

I found him! He was hiding in a safe spot in the hay shed. He felt warm and cozy and very safe in his little cave between the generators and an old piece of wood.

That’s still not a very safe space for a bunny. He really needs to be in a cage.

We tried to catch him on Tuesday. He ran through the fence into the neighbor’s yard.

We tried to find him again on Wednesday.

He was spotted in the garden on Thursday.

We kept an eye out for him for days, hoping we would find him in a spot that we could catch him.

We finally saw him near the chicken pen. He ran into a corner behind a big tire. I don’t have photos because it took two of us to catch him back there!

He is really a sweet, gentle bunny. He doesn’t mind being picked up or held. He’s back in his big cage with a secure roof. He’ll be safer from hawks and raccoons. We can’t always keep our animals safe, but we do our best to have a safe spot for them to live and grow.

New Chicks

The other surprise was new chicks! Two hens had also been hiding in the hay shed. I haven’t checked the hay shed for eggs for at least a month. It was always empty, so I didn’t think the chickens were hanging out in there anymore.

Two hens hatched out 3 chicks. The hens stay close together, and so do the chicks. I wonder if the chicks know which hen is their mother?

There are two hens that hatched out 3 chicks.

This hen is so gentle that she doesn’t mind if I pick up her chick so you can have a closer look.

Eggs, Eggs, and More Eggs

The third surprise was all the eggs I found out in the hay shed. Oh, my!

That’s a lot of eggs. But wait…. there are more!

More eggs!

And you can also see Kanoosh!

These eggs are much too old to use for cooking. I really don’t know how old they are.

They will make great mulch.

I dug a hole in the back yard where I pile all the animal poop. It sits by the back fence and turns into lovely composted dirt in about a year. We use it in the garden every spring. Many other families come to get our dirt for their gardens, too. 59 eggs are in the hole! That’s a lot of eggs!

I buried them. They will break apart and be very healthy for the dirt. I’ll dig the dirt out next spring to put into the garden. People don’t want to eat old eggs, but plants love them!

MissE and Stormy

MissE and Stormy are eating pasture in my neighbors yard. They are so happy over there for now! We bring them over for three weeks to eat their pasture. Our pastures grow when we don’t have animals on them. Then we bring them back over here to eat.

Stormy is a year old now. She’s getting to be a big girl!

That’s Stormy the day after she was born. So much smaller!

She was small enough to fit in someones lap!

Visitors

Sometimes we have visitors to the farm. We enjoy showing people around the farm and garden.

Here are some things to do whenever you visit a farm:

Wear shoes that cover your whole foot. No sandals. Have you ever had a cow or a goat step on your foot? I have! Shoes protect my feet! They protect my feet from branches that may be on the ground, or bugs that may be crawling around, or poo that might be deeper than I expected.

Stay off the fences and gates. No climbing unless the farmer says its okay. Fences and gates are meant to keep animals safe. If you climb on them, you may bend them enough that an animal will get hurt. It’s also expensive to fix gates and fences. Most farmers would rather spend money on feed and other things for their animals, instead of repairing things that others break because they weren’t being good guests.

Leave gates the way you find them. If they are open, leave them open. If they are closed, leave them closed. If a door is closed, leave it that way. If a door is open, leave it that way. If you aren’t sure about a gate or a door, ask the person who runs the farm. They are happy to let you know why!

Have a great week!

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