The ground we farm is pretty wet so through the winter we bring in all the cows. With all the cows in it means we have daily chores, such as feeding and bedding, to make sure they stay happy and healthy.
Splayed legs is really common in guinea fowl- it’s basically when the legs splay outwards as they are unable to hold the body weight of the animal.
I got two guinea fowl for Christmas in 2018- they where adult guineas, one boy and one girl and not tame in the slightest. Long story short- they are no longer here so I have hatched out some keets to raise.
Every year ahead of lambing we get all the pregnant sheep in to scan them. Exactly the same as with human pregnancy an ultrasound machine is used that shows how many lambs each ewe is expecting!
Feed is really important for our animals to help ensure they are happy and healthy. We give different types of feed to different animals for various reasons but on a day to day basis the feeding requirement doesn’t change.
Throughout the winter the cows are bought into the barns and they remain here until spring when the ground has dried up again. When you have a lot of cows inside, you guessed it, there is a lot of muck! Mucking out the sheds takes place every couple of months or as and when it’s needed.
It’s Sunday morning, the 23rd December, and my husband goes down to the farm, as he does every-morning, to feed the cows and go round the sheep. It’s a normal morning getting Henry up and having breakfast when the husband returns with a closed cardboard box!
Our two call ducks had their first hatch of ducklings and I got so excited I forgot to post the pictures! It was such a wonderful time, a completely new learning experience but I loved every minute of it and it has inspired me to go on and breed more.
Every morning I ask my other half – what are you doing today?
When we first got together he would say ‘Going to check the animals’ and I thought it was just a cop-out so he could just drive round the fields and not really do a lot. It’s only know I have learned more that I understand how important a job this is.
If you can drive round all the animals and be home for a cup of tea without having to do anything more, it has been a good morning.