So a little bit about this farm girl and my busy little lifestyle and day-to-day goings on. I have a son in school that loves all animals and adores listening to music. I work a full-time, 8 hours a day job and I am away from home 11 hours a day. I live in 2 houses. I have a city house that I adore, and I am lucky enough to manage my parents farm and stay there when I want, and need to. The majority of the summer I am at the farm to get chores and big projects completed and help out as there is always something to repair.
I have 2 tame cows that I rescued from a feedlot when they were 3 days old. Doctored them up for a few months and bottle fed them for 5 months as they grew up. The cows now are 3 years old and this is the first year we have a bull in with them and hoping for babies In March. Last year we tried artificial insemination and sadly they did not take, but we are trying again this summer. Updates will be coming as I am pretty sure we have some babies on the way next spring! I currently have 11 hens with one rooster and a group of 7 silkie, polish mix chicks about 4 months old. Not sure on any roosters yet in this motley crew.
Our winters here in Alberta can vary year to year but are generally quite cold with a lot of snow. So wintertime is prepared for on our farm by doing maintenance on the auto heated waterers, buying hay in large round bales, and fixing fence. I try to make chores and general work as easy as possible for myself in winter. I’m the type of person that likes to hunker down and hibernate when winter hits and make sure my animals are happy. Preparing as much in advance as I can to make winter animal care as easy as possible during winter is easiest for me. By buying bags of feed and filling the shed with them by the coop, moving hay to convenient locations etc. makes wintertime chores a bit more tolerable.
Last year I started a small perennial garden with Saskatoon bushes, raspberries, strawberries and rhubarb. This garden has a 10 foot high fence as we have a herd of about 20 mule deer that like to visit weekly. They would decimate this in an hour and I would have nothing left. I don’t have a green thumb, but it’s something I am working on and learning as much as I can. Next spring I have a new garden planned, but it is not fruit or vegetables! I am so excited and sad because I should have started it this year but it’s just too late. keep an eye out for springtime and I’ll be posting all about it!