right now :: hello & goodbye

IMG_6341 IMG_6342 IMG_6343 IMG_6344I guess it wouldn’t be spring without saying hello to some newly hatched chicks. This very determined (albeit very small) broody hen sat for a whopping 48 days (at least) before achieving the satisfaction of successfully hatching her peeps. She sat for one full incubation period (and then some) for a hatch of zero. Poor thing. Then Ira relocated her from where she had been sitting (up at Jesse and Hannah’s) to a little cage and stuck some fresh eggs under her. Well, that broody little hen sat and sat and do you know what? She proudly hatched all six of her eggs. 100% for mama hen! Hello sweet chicks!

Later in the day, we said a somewhat sad goodbye to our bull, Reuben. With so many of his offspring grazing the pastures now, it was time he became sire of a new herd. It was pretty hard to see him loaded in a trailer and headed away from the farm, though. He was kind of like the centerpiece of the livestock scene. And a table can look so boring without a good centerpiece, if you know what I mean. What a grand chap he was. Goodbye, old buddy…IMG_6346 IMG_6347 IMG_6348

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