Down On the Farm

PigsOne should be so lucky to live on a farm!  Surrounded by animals of all kinds and handling the challenges each day that go along with them!

Getting up at 3:00 am, getting dressed and going to  the barn, in the pouring down rain on a very cold, dark December night to “nurse” the new, ten little piglets, is really a chore to be reckoned with.  But, you can do it, and do it you must if you are raising pigs on a farm.

Other chores are not so bad or distasteful.  Actually most are down-right enjoyable to do in the sunny, warm weather on a pretty day.  Feeding is the biggest thing and  EVERYBODY wants to eat, of course.  Fortunately, we have a good bit of pasture for the  cattle, sheep, goats and horses, but, come winter time it takes a lot of hay and grain to supplement.

The chickens, turkeys and ducks kinda free roam around the farm and aside from their daily corn and laying mash are pretty much on their own.  There are also two pet, wondering pigs, one big “Honey” and one small “Tiny,” which have the run of the barn yard.  Then there are the rabbits, which are kept in hutches and little yards.  The donkeys, “Jackie” and “Ashley,” protect the sheep against coyotes and other predators, like fox, wild dogs and predator birds, such as owls and hawks.

Then there are the two dogs, which are guard dogs. One Great Pyrenees, Commadore, Labra-Doodle sorta mix named “Kiba” (Hebrew for Protector) and a smaller Australian Cattle Dog, named Jilly Bug.  They do a great job around the farm and we couldn’t do without them.

Then there are the four cats, who all have names and individual personalities.  Barnsy, who never goes to the barn, Little Bit, Yellow Bell, and Cherrio.  They are all a delight, most of the time, good mousers and add a lot of charm to the old farm.

The horses are Ginger, our buggy horse, (a Bay), Dixie,( good rider, her fold), Taffey, (our throw you off Palomino), Lady,(beautiful chestnut) good Quarter Horse,  and one-eyed Harley  beautiful Paint,(charity case), and Charlie (deceased Shetland pony) and Touch of Class (loaned out race horse). Each one has their own story and they don’t mind telling you!  The kids and grand-kids can tell you all about them!

In the last few weeks  of this winter, counting the pigs in November, we have had about 30 new babies on the farm; pigs, goats and sheep! Almost a thousand bales of hay to come in and put up, winter rye seed to sow, fencing to repair and build, and feeding and water care daily.  Even when it freezes!  And, I forgot to tell you about the Alpacas and the Milk Goat and her twins!

All in all, it is one exciting place.  My wife really loves it and says it is “Her” farm and I think it really is.  She does most of the feeding on the week-ends and just can’t get enough of it all!  She really loves it!  Thank goodness, we have some very good farm helpers, full time during the week!  We couldn’t do it all without them and I say “Thank You ” to them every day!

So, you think you might like to live on a farm?  It is really great in so many ways, having fresh farm eggs every day, a big vegetable garden, farm grown meat, and demonstrating to the extended family, how a moderate little” North Georgia Farm,” can really enhance your quality of living!  It ain’t no picnic, but it sure is a lot of fun!

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