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It’s a girl! April 26, 2009

Posted by Joe in Farm.
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Time is a funny thing. One the one hand it seems like only yesterday we bought our first two heifers from a friend of ours, and yet on the other hand it seems like they’ve been a part of Blessed Acres Farm for quite some time.

But it hasn’t been too long, since this month, #6 and #7, affectionately known as Gloria and Lacy to the kids, turned two years old. And what a way to celebrate. #6 had her first calf today. It’s a little girl.

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The new calf, yet unnamed, seemed to know what exactly what to do. Mama, despite the picture above, is not 100% sure she wants to be nursed. I think she’ll figure it out soon though. Her protective instinct has been spot on; she protects her calf from the others and watches over her pretty well.

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Here’s a close up on the new little girl. I think she’ll one day grow into those ears.

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We’re thankful to another friend who allowed us to borrow their registered bull last summer to make this day possible.

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Here Comes Lydia Cottontail, Hopping Down the Bunny Trail… April 11, 2009

Posted by Laura in Uncategorized.
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Lydia LOVES her baby brother!  She wants to kiss him and hold him and love him (and call him George- no wait, that’s another story).  MANY times a day she demands to “hold it, T-Man” as she refers to him.  One of her favorite things to do is to feed him a bottle of pumped milk and repeat motherly things to him.  Here she is posing with the bunny ears she got from her grandmother Beck.

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Chick Chain April 10, 2009

Posted by Laura in 4-H, Family, Farm.
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We have really enjoyed 4-H since we joined last year as “Clover Buds.”  Benjamin is in 4th grade this year, so he is now a full-fledged member and can participate in the various contests and projects.  A couple of months ago, he competed at the county level in Speech.  Recently, he decided to raise a batch of chicks to enter in the county fair in the fall.  His 25 Black Star chicks, plus one mystery rare breed chick, arrived Monday and he has had sole responsibility for them since then.  There was a close call with one that got steamrolled by some others while napping, but much to my surprise, it made a full recovery after a night in a box by the fire in the house.  After Benjamin gave it more water, some TLC, and a pep talk, it was chirping away by morning and he returned the little guy to the brooder.

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After raising them all summer, Benjamin will choose his 6 best to go to the fair, compete, and be auctioned off.  He gets to keep the rest.  It is a wonderful program.  In the end, you get a flock of chickens for just the cost of the food and a great experience that helps develop responsibility and character.