|South of the barn.|
5 October 2015
|East over the barn.|
5 October 2015
|North of the barn.|
5 October 2015
|Here are the dairy goats waiting to come in for breakfast. The white ones get milked each morning, but the brown one is ‘dry’. Dry means that she isn’t giving milk right now. She still gets some grain and vitamins for breakfast, just like the other three. |
Their names (from left to right) are Misty, Annie, Clover, and Sandy. Sandy is a goofball!
|Here is Matt and his dog, Miles. |
His name is Miles because he has 'miles of smiles.'
He is always happy!
|Miles reminds us of Dug from the movie, "Up!" |
He loves everyone he meets,
and he has a big, black nose.
|Do you think they look alike?|
|This chick was born on the first day of school. She has all her feathers now. She's still small, but she can keep herself warm and doesn't need her mama hen to keep her warm.|
She is almost as big as her mama hen! Do you see the grey chicken in front? That's her mama hen!
|Here are the chicks that were born on 15 September. |
They are starting to get their wing feathers. How many chicks do you see?
|Do you see the pile of feathers in the corner?|
The mama turkey is molting. That means she is shedding her summer feathers and getting warmer winter feathers. The chickens are doing the same thing.
|Look how big the turkey chicks are growing!|
They aren't very smart so we have to keep them in the stall so they don't hurt themselves.
Last week one of the turkey chicks jumped into a bucket of water and drowned.
|Can you see the hen inside this box? She is sitting on eggs and they are going to hatch soon!|
|One first grader asked if we have any sheep on our farm.|
We have one, and his name is Stew. He's very friendly and loves to follow me around when I'm in the barnyard!
|This is what I see when I walk out to milk the goats. It's not always this messy looking, but we've been very busy the last few weeks and haven't had time to clean everything up.|
|A little closer. You can see the milk stand in the middle of the big, open door. We don't leave the big door open very often.|
|Do you see the blue hose on the left of the door? That's where we get water for the animals' water buckets. You can see both milk stands with the short milk stool between the two stands. The stand on the left is a tall stand, the stall on the right is a short stand. The goats stand on the milk stands and eat some grain while I milk them. They love being milked because they always get grain.|
|If you walk past the milk stands you can see the three stalls on the right side of the barn. Stalls are like bedrooms for animals. They don't live there all the time, but they sleep and eat there. They need shelter from the rain, snow, and from the sun in the hot summer.|
|Look at the hay bales! They are so big! It takes the animals about one month to eat a whole bale. Two bales weighs about the same as a small car, that's heavy!|
|On the other side of the barn we keep grain in big, blue barrels. We buy grain in big bags. Do you see the two stacks of bags to the right of the blue barrels? We store food for the animals just like you store food at home.|
Do you see the white door? That's how we get into the chicken pen.
|The chicken pen is under the roof. The chickens need shelter from the weather just like the other animals. |
And you can see our red tractor!
The little dog house is for the ducks. They need shelter when it gets cold, too. Sometimes they go into the chicken pen, sometimes they like to get into the dog house.
|If I draw a map of the barn, this is what it looks like.|
If you look at last week's post you'll see what the barn looks like if you are looking down from an airplane.
A map is a drawing of the same thing.
|This chick was just born on Tuesday, 15 September 2015.|
We are lucky to have nice hens that let me pick up their chicks!
|Here is another one that was born on the same day.|
Two hens hatched out 5 chicks. One hen hatched out 2 chicks.
How many chicks did the other hen hatch out?
|Here is one of the chicks that was born on the first day of school.|
How old is this chick?
This chick is a little more than 4 weeks old!
|This hen is fierce! She protects her chicks by pecking and attacking anyone that comes close!|
We keep her because she's a good mama hen.
She is such a good mama hen that she adopted some chicks that were born the same day, but they were born in an incubator.
|Here is what our farm looks like if you were flying over it in a helicopter. |
We have fences in a few different places now that when the photo was taken.
|This is what it looks like if I draw a map of the farm!|
|They are starting to get their feathers. This one is still in the coop.|
|This chick is wondering what I'm doing. |
He isn't used to having his picture taken every day.
|Here are the turkey chicks that were born on 1 September 2015.|
They are starting to get their feathers, too.
|This is a picture on their birthday, the day they were born.|
Do they look different now that they are older?