Thursday, March 22, 2012

Rain, Rain

Over the course of the drought over the last year I thought that perhaps I would never write the following phrase: It's been raining for four days.

Although as we enter into the fourth day of this gloomy, chilly, wet weather, along with the mud it creates, it is awfully tempting to start complaining, I refuse to do so.  The memory of the drought is entirely too fresh in my mind.  I embrace the sound of the falling rain.

After all, it makes for perfect napping weather.

Even if your butt is too big for your bed.

I do hope it stops raining just enough for Bambi to foal, though.  She's about three weeks away and starting to bag up--slowly but surely.

She's still not huge, but is showing a lot more than she was.  Hopefully the foal is small--and I say that because Bambi is so small.  The foal can certainly grow later.  I'm not out to impress anyone with a 41" foal at birth.  More than anything I just want a healthy momma and baby.

Speaking of babies, last week I bought ten bantam chicks from TSC.  Unfortunately two died right away, so I won't be buying them from TSC again.  Last year I bought 22 chicks from Orscheln's and didn't lose a single one, so that's where I'll get them from now on.

If I don't lose any more, it looks like I will end up with one Self Blue Old English Game and seven Cochins--3 black (one of which is a frizzle), 2 buff (one of which is a frizzle), one partridge, and one white frizzle.  

Then, my mature Rhode Island Red hen has decided to go hide and go broody on me.  I know she's alive because she snuck out one day, briefly, for a drink, but I didn't get outside in time to see where she went back to.  I hope in a couple more weeks she'll emerge with a few mutt chicks.  I have an Americauna rooster and a Silkie rooster, so it will be interesting to see what kind of crosses she ends up with, if she can get them to hatch!

One thing is for sure--spring is an interesting time on the farm!


smazourek said...

So many babies!

I can't wait to see pictures of Bambi's little one.

Calm, Forward, Straight said...

Enjoy your rain! We had many months without rain ourselves last year. It's such a helpless feeling.

Hope all goes smoothly for Bambi - looking forward to baby pictures. :)