|South of the barn.|
29 November 2015
|East over the barn.|
29 November 2015
|North of the barn.|
29 November 2015
|This is where the mama turkey and her babies sleep at night.|
No, we aren't going to eat our turkey's for Thanksgiving.
|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 dog food.|
Some dogs eat too much food and get too fat! They are not healthy if they are fat.
Our dogs get fed about 1 cup of food for breakfast and 1 cup of food for dinner.
That is all they need to stay strong and healthy, so that is all they get.
|This is called a 'grain blend.' |
If you look closely you can see different types of grain and some pellets in the food.
This is what we feed to the milk goats, Remi, and Echo.
We never feed this type of feed to the bucks (boy goats). It isn't good for them.
We can feed a little bit of this to the chickens, ducks, and turkeys.
|This is wild bird food. |
We have bird feeders on our farm.
Do you remember counting the birds under the tree?
This is what they eat.
|These are alfalfa pellets. |
They are made from alfalfa hay. We feed a little bit of this to the milk goats, Remi, and Echo. We don't feed them very much of this because we also feed them hay.
We don't feed this to the bucks (boy goats) because it will cause problems for them.
|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 called "Calf Manna."|
If you guessed that we give this to the calves, you are right! We give it to any animal that needs more protein. You probably eat meat and beans for protein. Protein helps you grow properly.
Our animals don't eat meat but they need protein just like you do.
We feed Calf Manna to the milk goats, Remi, and Echo. Milk goats need protein and fat to make milk. Remi and Echo need protein to grow.
|These are called lay pellets.|
We feed them to the chickens and the turkeys. Lay pellets have protein, too! Chickens need protein to stay warm and to make eggs. Some people like to feed chickens 'mash.' It is made up of the same things that pellets are made of, but it looks like corn meal. It looks like the chick starter in the next photo, too.
We like pellets because it doesn't get wasted like the mash does. Chickens can make a mess. If their food is small it can get lost in the dirt when they peck it out of their feeder. Then it's wasted!
|This is oat hay and alfalfa hay.|
We feed this to the milk goats, the bucks, Remi, and Echo.
These animals also eat grass in the pasture. In the winter there isn't any good grass on the pasture so we make sure they have plenty of hay to eat.
Can you see the seeds in the hay? Those are oat seeds!
|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.
|I see Chuck all puffed up every morning!|
|No, we don't have donkeys.|
I think donkeys are adorable!
But they are also very, very loud.
Loud donkeys would be fine if we lived in the country,
but our farm is in town so we don't want loud animals.
|Yes, we have cats. No, we don't have kittens.|
|This is Midnight, the barn cat.|
She lives in the barn and has a job to do!
She loves having a treat of goat milk each time I milk the goats.
|This is Cookie, she lives in the house.|
She is very old! She is 17!
She also loves a treat of goat's milk every day.
Cookie won't drink milk right from the cow, or milk from the store.
|No, we don't have rats.|
We have cats and they take care of the rats and the mice.
|How many birds do you count in the photo?|
|Look how the baby turkeys are growing!|
|Look how the chicks are growing!|
|This is Clover. She gets sick in the winter if she doesn't have a coat on.|
Lots of animals grow thick winter coats, but Clover doesn't.
People don't grow winter coats, either!
Clover loves her winter coat because it keeps her nice and warm.
Are you as smart as Clover?
Do you wear your coat in the winter?
|This is Misty, she grows a thick winter coat so she doesn't need to wear one like Clover does,|
or like you and I do!
|We planted a tree this week, but that night there was a big wind storm and it blew down.|
|I had to plant it again the next day, and tie it to the fence so it won't fall down again.|
Do you see someone nibbling on the tree?
|We headed out to visit the animals after we had breakfast.|
|The first stop was to visit the smelly buck|
and the two does that are being bred.
|We stopped to see the chickens and turkeys eating the garden leftovers.|
We watched through the fence because the chickens and turkeys
don't like people close by!
|We visited with Zeek and Stew.|
Zeek is the buck, Stew is the black sheep.
|Stew and Zeek.|
|These kiddos don't live near a farm. |
Sometimes being around animals can be a little scary.
The adults helped the kids pet and touch the animals.
|She's not quite sure what to think about the farm!|
|Everyone asked questions and wanted to know about|
|The last animals we visited were the chickens and turkeys.|
|We all had a fun morning!|