Friday, November 16, 2012

The Full Farm Experience


John returned from the feed store yesterday afternoon to find that Silverbell had calved -- a husky good-looking bull calf ...

Silverbell is a veteran mother and we hadn't anticipated any problems . . .

Still, it's always nice when things go smoothly . . .

The calfie is getting his first drink here . . .

And, as you can see, Marigold is all excited about the blessed event. . . 
 
And on Wednesday, we dispatched 25 chickens . . .
the other side of the farm experience . . . 
 
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15 comments:

Ms. A said...

He's beautiful and I wish I had those lashes! The chicken dispatching... la la la la la... I'm not going to think about that, even if I DO love chicken.

Martin said...

Nothing quite like farming for putting the cycle of life under the microscope. Handsome calf, by-the-way.

Jinksy said...

Birth and death - and so the story goes on...

Thérèse said...

I do remember your last year's dispatching! :-)

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Wow, I can't believe you caught this with your camera. Good going Silverbell.
Sam

Brian Miller said...

life and death...lovely new bull....love the color of its coat....

NCmountainwoman said...

The beauty of life on the farm. Life as it was meant to be.

B. Rogers, Alchemy of Clay said...

well, I share the beauty of new life. Guess there wasn't that much to photograph of the well earned deaths, for which you will probably be thankful many times over. You can take pics after frying...

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

A beautiful bull it is! -- barbara

Star said...

Beautiful photos Vicki. Congratulations to Marigold.

Poor chickens. Did you do that to save them from the cold? (wink) November is that (emphasis) time of the year unfortunately.

Vicki Lane said...

Justin has just told me that the calfie's name is Toblerone -- to be called Toby. (Previous bull calves from the Jersey Girls were Milk Dud (Dudley) and Herschel.

jennyfreckles said...

Mum and baby look extremely healthy. I won't think about the chickens!

dannie said...

A real beautiful baby!

June said...

What a cute little brand new boy!
The chickens look as if they died gracefully. I well remember that stink of hot wet feathers. Ick.
What's with the mannequin with the damaged cranium?

katy gilmore said...

Now THAT is a baby!