So whats new at Glory Downs?
a sweet baby girl for one:) <3
Some quick updates while our little one sleeps......(which hasn't been much since entering the world- she is living up to her name that Mommy and Daddy gave her!)
Chickens and chicks-
No chicks yet- They were "due," today but we have since learned that due dates are questionable. We started off with seventeen fertilized eggs and have now got five missing....yikes.
Even though I had drew lines on the eggs- the broody blonde kicked them out of her hen box, or moved to another box. It was tough keeping up with her antics and while doing so- she smudge the markings off her eggs. It is now a guessing game every time we crack one open.
Not only did the one broody hen inspire birth in the hen house- but she also inspired another blonde to go broody!!! Oh Whoopee! And who else joined the activities? A sweet little RI Red! So yes folks, three broody hens. It wasn't until this week that I got to see them for myself. Normally a smart farmer would tell you to break up the brood party and only allow one or two to sit on some eggs. But with caring for the brood of our own, and recovering from surgery, I said "let em brood."
So far all is well- except for the missing five eggs....
All three hives are looking good with the exception of one of them being a bit "weaker." They are still doing good work but in comparison of the other two hives, they are just a bit quieter when it comes to work. One hive though is our gem.....we have 80 pounds of honey already sitting in stores waiting until harvest time:)
He's looking little and littler as his winter coat sheds. He's taken on a more of a brown color, with grey specks. But his face is still full of sweet inquisitive looks, and expressions that make us laugh. Just the other night he was laying down in the driveway waiting for his handout.
The one thing that had us a bit concerned is that he showed up with a wound on his hindquarters last Thursday. It was a fresh open abrasion that looks like he licked and licked until the fur fell off and it was left bloody and sore looking. He wasn't limping or favoring it, but knowing how animals act when it comes to cleaning their wounds (incessant licking until its fully open down to the bone and infected) we thought about what to do.
Awhile ago Indie had a spot on her leg that she had licked open. The medicine that the vet gave us was Bactine. Simple yet effective. Spray it on a couple times a day, and walllah! No more gross skin thingy infection. Why and How you ask? - Cause when doggy goes to lick, they get a mouthful of "taste bad," and by the law of Pavlov.... They stop licking.
So, when Ash showed up to get his hotdogs, David was geared with the Bactine spray. Ash grabbed his food and David sprayed the wound with the medicine.
As of Monday night, his wound was scabbing up!
Parenthood has been (as Rev's great grandparents said) "exhausting, scary and absolutely wonderful." We are up all night, and sleeping during the day. We are left hungry, tired, gross looking, sore, and at a loss at how to soothe a sweet infant who is having a hard time falling asleep. And while we feel all those things we marvel at the little beauty whose job is ten times harder than ours. What a world she has to learn! From eating, to sleeping, to expressing her "concerns," she is amazingly smart and utterly impressive. We prayed for a strong and healthy baby and we got her.
We are in love.
She grows more beautiful to us by the second.
Her cries, at times that seem inconsolable, is the most beautiful noise we could ask for.
He sweet hands that hold onto my finger while she eats can make me cry. I pray that she never lets go of my hand.
To see her with David is a sight I never thought, or could have imagined, happening six years ago (yesterday) when I first met David.
The nine months of waiting for this beauty was so long ago, and just yesterday at the same time.
She is a gift from God, and watching her dream is to see her conversate with the Father above.
Thank you for her.....