What Do You Want To Know About Us?

I’m going to attempt to get you caught up on what happened on the farm during the second year of the pandemic and do it before the end of 2021.

These things may not be in chronological order but will have happened this year! Some stories may not have the correct photo with them but will pertain to that subject.

In hopes of doing a better job in 2022 please let me know what you are interested in and include all aspects of farming and running a home. We live on a 500+ acre farm raising beef cattle and at least half of the farm in timbered.

At the moment we have 65 head of cattle with 50 to calve in March through May. We only have six chickens at the moment with deaths due to old age and varmints. The farm keeps four bulls to sire each group of cows I only have one crippled duck at the moment, and she was crippled when we got her and her name is Daisy. There are three dogs on the farm including Sadie, and two coon hounds, Butch and Mischief.

This is my Daisy! We got her a couple years ago along with five others, but varmints got all but her!!!
Mischief when we first got her, she is now complete gray/white on her face and really showing her age but still loves to hunt. She is Eddie’s training dog and keeps Sadie and Butch on their toes when hunting.

My plan for the coming year is to build a varmint proof fence around the hen house, introduce 10-12 new pullets and raise 10-12 young chicks. The current henhouse is made of concrete block and quite winter proof for the hens.

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I want to introduce Bourbon Red turkeys which I will raise from chicks. If I raise them myself and spoil them then I shouldn’t have to worry about them leaving the farm with wild turkeys. We will have to build them a safe place from the varmints and night hawks and owls. That will probably be a one day project and I have to do some pondering as to where it will be located. I want to try to keep all of the fowl in one location.

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Daisy, my crippled duck, is lonely and I think adding 4-6 ducklings to her house will give her company and hopefully she will teach them how to forage. I want to try to keep them close to the duck house, so they’ll leave me beautiful white eggs (for baking) in the duck house, and I won’t have to search for them daily. Once ducks start laying eggs, they’ll lay every day for a year if not traumatized. This will entail a new duck house because the weather is deteriorating the present duck house immensely but should take care of Daisy through the winter.

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Our dogs, the hounds, have warm igloo houses in the big barn. It shelters them from all weather and is quite cool in the summertime. Their beds are filled with hay in the wintertime for extra warmth. My elkhound is also a hunter and porch dog. She sleeps by my bed every night except in the summer and then she’s on the porch guarding us!!!

She’s grown into a beautiful adult Norwegian Elkhound!!

Enough about the plans for the animals, next post will be the start of the catchup for 2021.

Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

11 thoughts on “What Do You Want To Know About Us?”

  1. I love your descriptions, Rita. And I love your plans. You always have new plans, like with your greenhouse. I’m in awe of your plan to raise Red Bourbon turkeys from chicks. Aren’t turkeys harder to raise than chickens? And are your varmints mostly rats? Weasels? 50 calves is a lot of calves!!! You and Eddie know how to stay busy! Happy New Year!

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    1. I’ve raised turkey chicks in the past with good luck and have missed having them on the farm. The varmints we have are fox, coyote, raccoon and hawks. The rats are bad at the moment eating the food for the chickens because the chickens are foraging still since we have no snow yet.

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      1. Yikes, those are impressive varmints, worthy of the name! One year we brought in 50 baby chicks and the rats ate most of them in a few days. Our neighbour said that when they came for the pigs he was moving! 😏

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        1. I can’t say I would blame the neighbor for moving. Eddie goes out to the chicken house after dark with his pistol and bird shot and gets a couple each time. It’s amazing how many there are and the different sizes. We’re working on some sealing in the roof rafters tomorrow.

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