A few days ago in my post And I Proudly Stand Up, I mentioned something about “all 26 of us.”
Most of you know we are a family of 3, so I’m sure the extra 23 count is still leaving you to wonder.
Well, never fret…Here’s the explanation:
We now proudly call ourselves, farmers.
It’s more like the funny farm around here, but never-the-less we are officially farmers.
In one weeks time, we went from being a family of 3 with 2 dogs, to a family of 3 with 2 dogs, 11 hens, 2 roosters, and 8 goats.
I know the phrase, “what were you thinking” probably comes to mind.
Don’t be ashamed, Wes and I nervously laugh and think the same thing on a daily basis.
Truth is, we don’t really know much, if anything, about farming or raising farm animals.
But we’ll learn. And we will learn quickly!
One might wonder how this whole farming thing all came about…especially, for two city raised adults with no real farming experience what-so-ever.
Here’s how this all got started:
My husband has a favorite hobby of searching Craigslist at every change he gets. He found the chickens listed one day online and decided to pull the trigger.
In all fairness, I had been saying I wanted to get a FEW chickens so we could have fresh eggs. I had mentioned to him that I’d heard there really wasn’t much to owning chickens besides keeping them fed, watered and giving them shelter. I was sure it wouldn’t be a big deal to take care of them.
Well…What baby wants, baby gets!
By me making a simple statement that I wanted to get a FEW chickens to have farm fresh eggs, lead my wonderful husband to purchase, not 2 chickens, not 3 chickens, but a whole freaking flock of chickens!
I mean, 13 chickens!?!
Why does it make me a little nervous that they out number us?
The goats we’ve actually had/shared for a while. Wes did a fence job for someone who had more goats than they knew what to do with. So we somehow acquired 3 of them. Until recently, the goats were living in our neighbors pasture because our pasture fencing wasn’t complete.
The goats have been doing what they do best; eating everything in sight and pro-creating. After twins, triplets, a death and a single baby, there are now 8 goats total. Five more goats than we ever planned on having.
Now that Wes has completed our pasture fencing the goats have a job on our farm; to clear approximately 2 acres of wooded pasture. Our plan is to eventually have a big open pasture, so that my dream of having horses on our farm can come true.
Horseback riding is one of the things I miss most. It was such a fun hobby growing up, and I’d truly love to get back into it.
So call us crazy…I would, and do! But we’ve got our little farm going out here and it has been quite the comical project.
Meet some of the newest members of our farm family: