Are you getting ready for Thanksgiving Dinner next Thursday?
Since you are thinking about all the yummy food you will be eating next week I thought it would be interesting for you to see what types of food the animals on our farm eat.
Before I show you what the animals eat, I thought you would like to know that we got another new animal on the farm this week! Her name is Echo and she is a mini-Jersey cow. She is 9 months old so she is too young to give milk. She is too young to have a calf!
|We will breed her in February or March. Cows are pregnant for 9 1/2 to 10 months. If we breed her in February she will have her calf in November.|
You will be in Second Grade when she has her calf!
That seems like a very long time.
Next, I thought you would like to see how our older chicks are doing. They are about 12 weeks old now and just starting to cluck. They still peep like younger chicks most of the time, but you can hear them starting to make an adult noise in the video.
One more update: Here is a photo of the hen who hatched her chicks during Fall Break. They were born on October 17th and 18th. They are about 5 weeks old.
|They are just starting to get some little feathers now!|
The chicks are in a box until they are big enough to go out with the rest of the flock. They have a special light on them and they get special food.
When a mama hen takes care of the chicks she pecks the food until it is small enough for them to eat. Since they don't have a hen to take care of them we give them food that is already ground into small pieces.
I'll show you the box and the light when you come back from Thanksgiving.
Most of your guesses were wrong! Some of your guesses were right! I didn't send bugs that the chickens eat. I didn't send grass from the pasture.
You will have many different types of food for Thanksgiving Dinner. The animals on our farm will have the same food they eat every day.
That may sound mean to you, but it is what is best for the animals. We like to do what will keep our animals healthy and strong!
|This is cat food. |
You might know what cat food looks like if you have a cat.
Cats need to have the same food every day or they may get sick.
|This is wild bird food. |
We have bird feeders on our farm. One day I will show you some pictures of the birds that visit our feeders.
|These are Timothy hay pellets. |
This is what we feed to the bucks! They don't get very much of this because we also give them hay.
|This is chick starter. |
It has the right nutrition for chicks to grow into chickens. It also is small enough for the chicks to eat. They can't eat pellets like adult chickens can because their beaks aren't big enough yet.