Thursday, April 16, 2015

Photos from the Farm #29

Welcome back!

I hope you had a wonderful Spring Break!

We have a new animal on the farm!

I knew you would be excited.

I'll let you know about the new animal in a minute.

First I want to show you what the mountains look like! They look different than they did on Monday because of the big storm we had.




We had snow! It was so cold that the animal's water froze. It was so windy that we have a few repairs to make to the barn. We are very lucky, none of our trees were blown down. Our neighbors had some very big trees come down! Many friends and neighbors have to repair their roofs because shingles blew off in the storm. Other people have to repair and rebuild fences because of the wind. 

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When we have extra goat milk I bring it out to the chickens in the morning.
It's one of their favorite treats.
As soon as the other chickens realize that there is a treat, they all come running!
Milk is good for chickens. It has calcium and protein. Both of those things help chickens make eggs.

I spy with my little eye.....
a duck egg on the barn road!
Silly ducks! Sometimes they lay their eggs in strange places.

I spy with my little eye.....
a nest with duck eggs!
Can you see it?

This is a better place for a nest of eggs!
It's protected and not out in the open like on the barn road.

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And now for the new animal!

We have a new baby goat!
His name is Harry.

Annie had three kids on Easter Sunday.
We were very sad that two died.
All three were so big that they were tangled up inside Annie.
But Harry lived! He's so cute! And he's so sweet and friendly!
He will live here for about 8 weeks and then go to his new home.
His new owners have been waiting for a buck just like Harry for a long time!
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Are you working on your graph?
I have more egg counts for you!

  • Friday, April 3 I collected 4 brown eggs, 5 green eggs, and 3 duck eggs.
  • Saturday, April 4 I collected 4 brown eggs, 4 green eggs, and 2 duck eggs.
  • Sunday, April 5 I collected 6 brown eggs, 4 green eggs, and 2 duck eggs.
  • Monday, April 6 I collected 5 brown eggs, 5 green eggs, and 2 duck eggs.
  • Tuesday, April 7 I collected 3 brown eggs, 4 green eggs, and 2 duck eggs.
  • Wednesday, April 8 I collected 7 brown eggs, 3 green eggs, and 1 duck egg.
  • Thursday, April 9 I collected 2 brown eggs, 3 green eggs, and 0 duck eggs.
  • Friday, April 10 I collected 4 brown eggs, 4 green eggs, and 1 duck egg.
  • Saturday, April 11 I collected 2 brown eggs, 3 green eggs, and 1 duck egg.
  • Sunday, April 12 I collected 5 brown eggs, 6 green eggs, and 2 duck eggs.
  • Monday, April 13 I collected 3 brown eggs, 3 green eggs, and 2 duck eggs.
  • Tuesday, April 14 I collected 1 brown egg, 6 green eggs, and 1 duck egg. (This was the day of the wind storm.
  • Wednesday, April 15 I collected 8 brown eggs, 3 green eggs, and 1 duck egg. (This was the day of the big snow storm.
  • Thursday, April 16 I collected 1 brown egg, 0 green eggs, and 2 duck eggs.
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Do you know there are only a few more "Farm Fridays" left before the end of school! 

I'll post during the summer so if you can check in and see how the garden is growing and how the animals are doing.

I hope you have a great week!

Mountain Monday * 13 April 2015


South of the barn
13 April 2015

East over the barn.13 April 2015

North of the barn.13 April 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Photos from the Farm #28

Welcome back!

It was chilly yesterday, wasn't it! Matt put Clover's coat back on. She was shivering because she was so cold. I wore my winter coat to the barn because it was so cold!

This week we've had fun cooking outside.  I've had fun with my new sewing machine. What have you done? Have you learned anything new? Have you played a new game, learned a new song,  learned some new math, or read a new book?

I sewed some beanbags on my new sewing machine! They aren't filled with beans, they are filled with rice. Quin loves them!

We baked bread on our new smoker grill! It was delicious! Did you know you can bake bread on a barbeque grill?

We even decorated with eggs for Easter! Quin is holding our ostrich egg.
We don't have any ostriches. My friend gave it to me and we get it out every year when Easter is close. I thought you might like to see how big an ostrich egg is.
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We've been working on our building project, too.

Bryon used the post hole digger on the back of the tractor to dig the first hole. It is much faster to use a post hole digger than it is to dig a hole with a shovel. Do you see the post hole digger jumping around a little bit? We have a lot of rocks in the soil! Watch closely and you will see some rocks coming out with the dirt.

The hole is about 24" deep. If you have a ruler you can measure the size of the tiles on the floor of your classroom. Then you can see how deep 24" is.
Bryon put a yellow post form into the hole. Then he, Tim, and Matt mixed up some cement to shovel into the form. A form is like a mold. Ice cube trays are molds for water.

Next he put a post into the cement.
He used a level to make sure the post is perfectly straight. If it isn't perfectly straight then the what he's building won't be straight and won't last very long.
Ask your parents if they have a level you can look at. It's an interesting tool! I always had fun playing with my dad's level when I was little.

Do you have any more guesses about what we are building? It isn't a hay barn. It isn't a train track.

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Matt found a nest of eggs under the wagon! Silly chickens! In the spring we have an Easter Egg hunt almost every day. The chickens hide their eggs in different places and sometimes they hide them very well!
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 I took some videos for you this week, too.

We're sorry to tell you that Charlie, the rooster, has gotten very mean. We had to send him to a new farm last week. He was attacking people! We don't keep mean animals on the farm. We like visitors! If you watch the video you'll see another rooster in the back. I think I'll name him Peety. He's just starting to crow. He is orange and white.

Quin can tell the difference between roosters and hens by looking at their 'hat'. That's what he calls the comb (red part) on the chicken's head. Quin says, "Charlie has a big hat, mama hens have a little hat."


Do you remember the chicks that were born during Fall Break? Petty is one of those chicks. We've been trying to teach him good manners. Charlie didn't learn good manners even though we tried. I hope Peety does!


I was so excited to get a little video of Echo mooing! She doesn't usually make any sound if she can see us. She only makes noise when she can't see us and wants her breakfast. Can you hear the other animals? What other animals can you hear on the video?

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I thought it would be fun to start a graph of our chicken eggs. I'll write down how many green, brown, and duck eggs we get each day. You can make a graph, and I will make a graph. In a few weeks I'll post my graph and you can see if our graphs look the same.

Friday, March 27 I collected 6 brown eggs, 2 green eggs, and 2 duck eggs.
Saturday, March 28 I collected 4 brown eggs, 3 green eggs, and 2 duck eggs.
Sunday, March 29 I collected 9 brown eggs, 3 green eggs, and 2 duck eggs.
Monday, March 30 I collected 5 brown eggs, 1 green egg, and 2 duck eggs.
Tuesday, March 31 I collected 4 brown eggs, and 2 duck eggs.
Wednesday, April 1 I collected 4 brown eggs, 5 green eggs, and 2 duck eggs.
Thursday, April 2 I collected 5 brown eggs, 6 green eggs, and 1 duck egg.
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I hope you enjoyed the post today!

Next time I have some videos to share about the ducks! I also have a video of the goats for you.

Have you watched the snow on the mountains? It's melting. The days are getting longer. Spring is here. It's not quite time to plant much in the garden, but it's time to get the seeds started indoors.

I hope you have a wonderful Spring Break! We'll be building, and cleaning more of the barn, and planting some seeds indoors. I'll send some little plants to your classroom so you can watch them grow, too!





Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Mountain Monday * 30 March 2015

29 March 2015
South of the barn.

29 March 2015
East over the barn.

29 March 2015
North of the barn.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Photos from the Farm #27

Welcome back!

Did you have a busy week? I hope you learned something new!

I have a new sewing machine and I've been learning a lot about it. It's exciting, and sometimes it is hard. Sometimes I have a hard time remembering which button does what, but I keep trying and asking questions. One day I will know everything about my new sewing machine!

Bryon got something new a few weeks ago. It's a special grill that uses smoke and heat to cook food. He has been learning how to use it and our whole family enjoys the food!

Our new smoker grill.
 Matt thought the grill looked fun, too. He's been learning how to cook on it by looking up recipes and trying them out. Our family has loved what he has cooked, too!
Matt's pizza. He cooked this on the new smoker grill.
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Did you know that chickens like to take baths? They do!

They don't take a bath in water like you do. They don't use soap, either. They don't take a bath to get clean.

They use dust!

Chicken taking a dust bath.
She dug a shallow hole in dry dirt.
Then she snuggles down into the dirt and flaps her wings to get the dust onto her back and through all her feathers.
How does that clean the chicken?

Once they are done getting all dusty, they shake their feathers and all the dust and dirt comes out. The dust also prevents bugs from living in the chicken feathers. That is why the chickens take a dust bath.

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Misty decided to take a rest inside the dogloo.
She squeezed herself inside. She doesn't fit very well, she can't fit her head inside the dogloo.
Don't worry, she got herself out without any trouble when she got hungry for dinner.

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Look at how big Annie is getting!
She is still pregnant.
We'll post pictures when she has her babies.
If we see her having her babies, we'll take a video and let you watch it!

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Look at the tiny egg that one of our chickens laid!
This week I collected a lot of eggs.

  • On Monday I collected 6 chicken eggs and 2 duck eggs. I made bread and used 1 duck egg.
  • On Tuesday I collected 13 chicken eggs and 2 duck eggs. I made cookies and used 4 duck eggs.
  • On Wednesday I collected 7 chicken eggs and 2 duck eggs.  I ate scrambled eggs for lunch. I used 3 chicken eggs.
  • On Thursday I collected 9 chicken eggs and 2 duck eggs. I ate scrambled eggs for dinner. I used 3 chicken eggs.
  • On Friday I collected 8 chicken eggs and 2 duck eggs. 
How many eggs do I have to bake with this weekend?

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Three more clues to what we are building!

Straight metal poles.

Straight PVC pipes, and a big roll of plastic in the back of the old green truck. One of the boxes that all the pieces came in is behind the truck.

Long, curved metal poles.
Do you have any guesses?

Have a great week!







Monday, March 23, 2015

Mountain Monday * 23 March 2015

South of the barn.
22 March 2015

East over the barn.
22 March 2015

North over the barn.
22 March 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

Photos from the Farm #26

Welcome back!

I hope you had a good week. We've been busy, but not very busy on the farm. We all have jobs outside the home, and we have a farm.

Matt took some photos for me to post. Thank you, Matt!


Cows like to play. Sometimes they play with their water bucket.
That's not a good idea when it is warm outside.

Remi is very thirsty!

Matthew checked on the animals when he got home from work.
He noticed that they were thirsty and filled up their bucket.
Thank you, Matt!


Clover peeked around the barn. She was looking for Matthew.

The bucks wanted to say, "Hi!" Zeek is on the left, Curly is on the right. Can you name some things that are different between Curly and Zeek? Can you name some things that are the same?

I thought you might like to see a photo of Charlie. He's a nice looking rooster!
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Now I have a guessing game for you!

What are we building?


Bryon is sinking some stakes deep into the ground.


When the stake is deep enough into the ground he has to pull out the post he used.


He is also screwing some big metal poles together. Some of poles are curved at the top, but you can't see that in the video.

What do you think we are building?

I'll post more clues in the next few posts. I hope you can come up with some good guesses!

Have a great week!