Everyone on our hill is trying to stay busy and stay safe and well. I do chores in the morning and my daughter does chores in the evening. Her beautiful Golden Retrievers Seamus and Kassie go to the barn with her. Declan, Rowan or Todd go out when they can to help with the barn chores. Declan turned 13 years old on Sunday, April 5th. No party but he had a good day! Then on April 8th Declan crashed his mountain bike going off a jump and broke his ankle. He now is in a knee-high walking cast and crutches, so he can not be his Mom's helper in the barn for a while!
On Saturday I did chores and then around mid-morning we noticed that most of Darcy's chickens out of the backyard running around. There was one little red biddy down by the road, others running towards my brother's house, and then Darcy spots a fox in the back yard! Rowan goes chasing after biddies headed towards my brothers and I'm chasing one by the pear tree. Todd gets his gun and Darcy is trying to save some of the other biddies still trapped in the backyard with the fox. Todd takes a shot but just misses and the fox gets away. The fox killed two in the backyard, injured two, one with a broken leg and the other with some minor bite marks on it's back. Darcy put the injured chickens in small animals crates on her back porch for some extra TLC - hopefully they will both make it. There are now only 13 hens in the chicken's house, with one still missing. After lunch Todd spots the one last missing little red biddy in the front yard. Darcy and Rowan catch her and get everyone is shut in the hen house. It’s so sad to lose little friends! They were not planning on getting more chicks this year - but have since called River Bend Farm Supply and have ordered a variety of chicks that will be arriving at the beginning of May.
The rest of the weekend was quiet. Rowan and Declan made a nice Easter dinner for their parents. I fixed Chicken Cordon Bleu, baked potato, and fresh asparagus. Most of the week has been stormy, with rain and wind! And now we are even supposed to get more snow tonight. We are very lucky when we see what has happened down South with the storms and tornadoes that have had this past week. I'll take snow over a tornado any day!
That is it for this week from Maybelle Mama - check back next time to see what else has happened on the farm.