This past summer, Cochise had to go to a new home. Having a brand new baby, I knew he was going to be well past breaking age by the time I could get to him. I get updates on “Comanche” now and he is doing fantastic. His new owner reports he is going on trail rides and loving life. Rumor has it he may have a palomino girlfriend too.

Initially, I was worried how Arod would cope being an only horse again. However, the kitty has been a great companion, and I’ve noticed he is closer to the cows than before.

But I think maybe they are taking this mingling thing to a strange new level…

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DR Power needs a Doctor

I’m not saying I married my husband because he’s a mechanic, I’m just saying it’s come in handy. A lot. The DR power mower that we bought used many years ago has lived a hard, rough-and-tumble life on the farm. Its not that I break things intentionally, it just happens. Do I remember oil changes? No. But do I always remember to spray the chain with grease? Also no. But the amount of things that simply break… surely can’t be my fault.

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Building a Hay Crib

One of the perks of having a zillion projects going on, is there is always spare lumber lying about. Given the current cost of materials at an arm and half a leg, it’s pretty handy if we can complete a project without making a trip to the hardware store.

While we have much better facilities now for weaning, when it was time to wean the first calf we had born here at Sourwood Hill, our only option was the round pen. Now, the reason that was the only option, was because this so happened to be our convict calf that escaped FREQUENTLY prior to some fencing modifications (https://sourwoodhill.com/2019/09/18/8-days-post-outbreak/). So into the round pen young SirLoin went with a tub of water and a bunch of hay.

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Let’s take the pigs to market!

(or is that kids?) one of them you’re supposed to take home from market, I’m sure of it… But I digress. First and foremost, happy spring! This is the time of year of fluffy chicks, baby bunnies, fresh growth, and the start of Farmer’s Market season!

While we have hatched out a few batches of chicks, and have more in the incubator, our plants are still in triage and wont be ready for the garden for some time yet. However, there are those industrious hard working folks who have had their seeds in the ground for months and are preparing to sell them to you and me at farmer’s markets near us soon! Along with homemade baked goods, fresh spun yarn, honey, etc.

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Barn First Aid Kit – Top 25 Items

What is a farm without animals? Its not. And don’t speak to anyone that says otherwise, you don’t need that negativity in your life. What you do need is horses, cows, chickens, goats, at least one barn cat, and a clever dog. I’m slowly working my husband up to this mentality, he’s conceded to an extra horse, the barn cat, and chickens. And the dog has been around for a while. Since I can remember, I have always wanted a horse, and for anyone with a daughter, when she says she wants a pony, get her one. Can’t afford drugs when you have vet bills. Speaking of vet bills, we just had the third anniversary of our youngest horse’s most spectacular injury to date, though he constantly tries to outdo himself.

Just at six months old. Its a good thing baby animals are so cute!
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