It’s been a busy season for our little farm! Our animals continue to bring us so much joy, and I often wonder why we didn’t get chickens sooner — they are so delightful and full of personality!
Unfortunately, farm life also has its hard times as we had to say good-bye to one of our our sweet Rhode Island Reds, and the girls’ first bunny, Bunnypie, this spring. Sadly, two dogs managed to enter our backyard a few months back and literally within moments, had one of our hens. I felt so helpless — the dogs were large, fast, and one quite aggressive. Alas, they escaped through a barbed-wire fence, and I sobbed as I could no longer pursue them.
Bunnypie had been with us for over four years and was a sweet mama to her baby bunnies. I’ll always remember the day she came to live with us. Our daughter, Aviah, had not been well, and it turned out she was in need of a tonsillectomy after numerous bouts of strep throat. Bunnypie immediately became her buddy — sitting quietly on her lap and bringing comfort as she prepared for her upcoming surgery. We found Bunnypie quietly resting in her outdoor cage one evening — we’re grateful that we were able to share many special years with her — watching her tend to her baby bunnies, greeting us as we brought her favorite dandelions, and hearing her cute noises as she communicated with us and the other rabbits.
Times like that are hard and bring about the sad realities of farm life — our animals are a special part of our family. Somehow, I think God has a special place in heaven for His animal creation.
As spring came towards an end, we visited a nearby hatchery to pick up a few supplies and of course take a look at all of the cute baby chicks, ducklings and turkeys. As we left and went to lunch, we found ourselves returning less than an hour later, and decided to add four baby chicks to the family. Two Buff Orpingtons and two Plymouth Barred Rocks.
While one of the ladies went to gather our chicks and put them in a box for us, Jonathan looked at me with his gentle, kind eyes. I smiled as Jonathan suggested perhaps we should get three of each, instead of two. The girls jumped for joy, and my heart melted. I am so thankful for such a kind, loving husband.
The chicks are doing very well, growing rapidly, and will be ready to move into the coop soon. In the meantime, we are trying to gradually introduce them to the Rhode Islands. I’ve been reading all I can about introducing new chicks to the family, and I have to say, I’m a little concerned and praying everything goes smoothly! Otherwise, we might be looking at building an additional coop this August!
So far, our Rhode Island Reds will come out amiably to greet the newcomers. After a few minutes, they will typically walk a few feet away and gather in a circle as if they need to discuss what is going on. They make me laugh as they peer around the corner like little spies — trying to look inconspicuous, but looking quite the opposite!
I will post additional photos soon, as these were taken last month, and the chicks have tripled in size! I will also keep you posted on our chicken adventures with Honey, Sunny, Peaches (the Buff Orpingtons) and Ninja, Cookie and Zebra (the Plymouth Barred Rocks).
Aren’t they cute?