Friday, April 30, 2010

Sisters...Sissy's Twins

Sometimes I watch the animals and a song goes through my head.
Watch and listen....and if you cannot get that song out of your head
for the rest of the day, I apologize...but, you are not alone.
I have been singing it since yesterday afternoon.......



Have a wonderful weekend!!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Waiting for Friends

Poor, dear Methuselah....
paddles around on the pond
all by himself....
day after day.
He is entertained only by a pair of decoy ducks
and a random stranger who happens to visit...
ducks or herons.

In May, however, 12 new Cayuga ducklings are coming
When fully mature, they will look like this....
green ducks....although they look black outdoors.

We are also hoping to adopt this beautiful teenage swan
and his mate.
His name is Meadow.
You can read about him HERE.
For now he is living in suburbia...
recovering from a snapping turtle injury.
His owners are looking for a suitable pond.
They are also looking for a suitable girlfriend.

Meanwhile, we are keeping our fingers crossed.

We are hoping our pond will be just what they are looking for!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Toddler Play

Mama, don't let your toddlers play on the roof!

Here are our newest kids...Sally and Fred
and Sissy's twin girls
(who remain nameless, as they are sold)
having a ball on the roof. 
 They grow up too fast!


And look how big our first batch of babies has gotten.  They are teenagers now.  Myrtle's twin girls have already left for their new homes.  Here's Missy's handsome buckling.  He and Myrtle's buckling are awaiting new homes.

 Nettie B. is also staying here at Bee Haven Acres....along with O'Malley's Sally and Fred.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

My Hero

Each spring we go through a period of time when the local foxes are hunting for their kits.  During that time our chickens are in great peril and free ranging has to stop for a couple of weeks.  This year that time came a bit early.

The other evening Hubbs saw a fox chasing one of our free ranging turkens (Transylvanian Naked Neck Chickens).  He quickly sent one of the dogs out to chase the fox.  Luckily the turken got away.  Unbeknownst to us though, that sly fox circled back and chased the chickens again.  This time both turkens were gone.  Gone!

Yesterday afternoon Becky called and said that a fellow stopped by her place asking if we had any of "those naked turkeys".  Apparently, he had seen something like that down by our pond.  So, when Hubbs got home from work we headed down to the pond for a look.  Low and behold there was one of our lost turkens, Ivanka, wandering up the road.

Now, the task was to catch Ivanka and safely return her to the henhouse.  She looked bedraggled and bloodstained...after two days of being lost in the woods.

Hubbs stalked her through the woods and through poison ivy, dove, grabbing for her.....missed....several times over.  The last time, he managed to catch her and the two of them tumbled down a hill.  Thank goodness she was finally safe.  Hubbs pulled himself from the mud... victorious....Ivanka's and my hero!!!
Wet and muddy....but quite pleased with himself.
A grateful Ivanka gives Hubbs a chicken hug.
A few days sequestered in her own henhouse will
help her heal and recover.
Then Ivanka will move into the big henhouse
with the rest of the flock.
She is one lucky chicken!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Why Is This Horse Smiling?

No, it's not because he is under anesthesia (which he is).
No, it's not because he is getting rid of that nasty
Testosterone (which he is!).
Red and Ollie had their castration surgeries on Saturday.
Ouch.
But that should cut down on the amount of wild stallion behavior
we have been witnessing of late.

So, he is smiling because........
It's because Oakley came for a visit!

Oakley is our rescue lab that has been fostered by our friend
Tonda and the Furry Friends Network.

By the end of this week he should officially be a
permanent member of our family.
We can hardly wait.

Maddie and Sadie are excited to get a new brother.
Do you know how hard it is to get three dogs to stay
still long enough to get a picture.

At least one is always blurry.  
We will have to work on the group shot a bit!!

Oops, now I am blurry.....oh well, we will try again!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Missing

Have you seen this chicken?
Babs McCluck was last seen heading out of the
henhouse around 3 PM the other afternoon.
It was an afternoon like any other.
She pecked around in the grass,
explored the edge of the wood...
and then she was gone...
without a trace.

AWOL...she never returned to the henhouse that night.
Although I am writing this with a touch of humor,
you must understand that I am truly saddened.
Babs was my favorite chicken...
ever.
She wasn't really a chicken,
but a kindred spirit in the body of a bird.
We had a connection.
We talked, we cackled, we bonded.

No more.
Babs is gone.
The henhouse will never be the same.

****************************

On another note, 
let's discuss Hank.
Hank the "*#@**!!"
Yesterday morning I had to sequester Hank.
In the guinea pen.

He is a menace...
a flogging menace.
I am scared silly.
See that menacing look in his eye?
It's the stuff of nightmares.

Hubbs says no chicken soup for Hank.
He wants to try rehabilitation...
behavior modification.
Bad behavior will have consequences...
negative reinforcement.

Enter.......

the Super Soaker!

Look out Hank....it's war!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Welcome Syd!

Meet Sydney, Syd for short.

Syd is Becky's new horse...
a five year old thoroughbred
retired from racing.
Syd has been through a lot recently.  
He was gelded last week and
is recovering from a leg injury.

Rest and relaxation and lots of grazing 
are a new way of life for Syd.

After this period of rehab as well as putting some 
meat on his bones, he should be in great shape
to begin his new life....as an eventing horse 
and a fox hunter.

Besides being quite handsome,
Syd is gentle and quiet.

What fun Becky and Syd are going to have...
I can hardly wait to watch the training.



Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Call Me Chicken!

Hank's days are numbered.
He has become so aggressive...
more so since we are home from Haiti.

For the past two days he has flogged me several times each afternoon.
Have you ever been flogged by a rooster?

It is an amazingly scary event.
First Hank comes running towards me,
then he puffs up the feathers on his neck,
flaps his wings....

lift-off.....

and his talons and spurs are headed for my legs.

At this point I am screaming...

like a little girl...
and running

backwards....
still screaming.
This picture was taken as I was running backwards...
terrified!


So, what to do with Hank?
Anybody want a rooster???

Free!!!!
(Free delivery and a year's worth of food)

Oh, here comes Hubbs through the door....
"What's for dinner Honey?", he asks....

"Chicken!".....I say, slyly....(feathers hanging from my hair)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Isn't It Early?

It seems to me to be a bit early.
Don't you think?
If memory serves me, I think our asparagus
usually doesn't emerge until May.

Not so this year.
It is up in full force...
offering its bounty daily.

You might notice that the dandelions behind it are also out 
in full force.
(Yesterday I just bought myself a new weed digger.
I think I'll be needing it!)

Also emerging are the sugar snap peas...

lettuce....

spinach...

onions...


Very soon we will be consuming this wonderful bounty.
Then the freezing and preserving begins...
and continues through the rest of the summer.
The end result should be a pantry and freezer full
of luscious home grown food to get us through the winter.

Today I think I may try to create a leek and asparagus soup.
If it turns out, I will write the recipe and post it on my other blog.

Otherwise, you'll find me here.....weeding away!

Monday, April 19, 2010

New Arrivals

Oh, how happy we are to be home!
Look who was waiting for us on our arrival....
O'Malley had her babies...one doeling, one buckling.
This first time Mommy is doing a good job of taking
care of her kids.
She and Sissy butted heads once to establish dominance,
but now they are best friends again. 
Their babies all nap together in one of the warming huts.
Soooooooo sweet!
I think they look just like stuffed toys!
And oh how they love to cuddle!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Dear Friends

Dearest Friends and Family,
We have returned safely from our Haiti Mission.
Many of you are interested in our tale....
And we are eager to share it with you.

I will be writing our memories of this life changing experience
on a separate blog page.  

I will share the link with you as soon as I have written some.
We need some time to process what we have seen.

As for the farm....much happened while we were away.
I will update this farm blog ASAP
to share more tales from Bee Haven Acres.

Thanks to all of you who sent your blessings, prayers, and
good wishes with us on our journey.

We are blessed in many ways.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Keep Us In Your Thoughts.....

Hubbs and I will be away from the farm for the next week.
We are part of a team of physicians and nurses who will travel to Haiti
to help treat the chronic medical problems resulting from the earthquake....

(pictures courtesy of J. Spence Reid, MD)

January 12th 2010
4:53 PM
A magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit Haiti.
52 aftershocks rocked the country for the next 16 days.

The poorest country in the Western Hemisphere was absolutely devastated.
(Before the quake, Haiti was the 4th hungriest country in the world)
After the quake......hunger is just one of many problems these
gentle people face.

Immediately following the quake, the world responded
with humanitarian aid.
The first wave of medical responders dealt with the multitude of trauma cases.
Sadly, many of those patients died.  

Those that lived are still dealing with chronic medical problems....
open wounds, chronic infections, mal-union of fractures, amputations,
head injuries, and so much more. 

This trip is the first of many made possible
by a partnering of two humanitarian medical mission groups:
and 
Cure International

Hubbs and I will be working in a hospital in Carrafour,
a suburb of Port-au-Prince, a densely populated area
that was hard hit by the quake.

Please send your thoughts and prayers with us as we
offer our time and skills to those who so desperately need both.

And join us again here at Bee Haven Acres
when we return April 17th with more
Tales From the Farm!
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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Baby Picture

New camera = great picture!!!
 And I liked my last camera (til it died)...
But this one, oh my....I'm in love.
But not as in love as I am with these two little
munchkins!
Teeny tiny balls of soft, furry sweetness...
Ok, so tell me...the quality of this picture is great, right?
Samsung digital....Costco....good price.
Compact...just like these two little doelings!

It's A Girl....X2

What a surprise we had yesterday afternoon.  Sissy goat delivered twin girls!
 Months ago when we did an ultrasound, we only saw one fetus.  Lately, Sissy has looked very very pregnant.  We were worried that her kid was a big one....but instead it was two.  The girls are adorable, tricolored, with blue eyes.  Their daddy is our dear departed MoJo.
I arrived at the delivery room right after she finished delivering #2.  After helping Sissy get her girls cleaned up, I took each of them and introduced them to Sissy's udders. 

They latched right on and started to nurse.  After filling their tummies, they settled down and slept.  Being born is hard work!!
Many thanks to Anna for catching these pictures with her phone.  Unfortunately, my camera has died.  Don't worry, I will be replacing it today....it is definitely something I cannot function without!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Happy Hank

I am writing this post for those of you who worried that a bachelor's life would be too stressful for Hank, the rooster.  Ever since he has been banished from the fancy chicken's henhouse (you don't bite the hand that feeds you!), he has been living in the hayloft of the barn.  Each night he returns there to roost, and each morning I open the door and out he comes to galavant around the farm.

In the beginning, he seemed a bit frustrated by the fact that all of the ladies were on the other side of the fence.

That was before he discovered the 45 chickens that live in the upper two henhouses...across the pastures.  Sometime in the past several weeks he has started to hang out around the upper houses.  What he knows is this.....these chickens get to leave their yard and free range all afternoon and evening.  That means lots of ladies for Hank.  

He has been enjoying his afternoon "dates".  Amazingly, Brad and Elvis don't seem to mind Hank's presence.

Meanwhile, down in the fancy pen, Rod Stewart has his own harem.  He stands very tall and proud these days...strutting his stuff for the girls.

All's well that ends well.  It seems that at least amongst the chickens, everybody is happy!
Hank....smiling...

Rod, doing the happy dance.....

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

She's Back




After spending months at a Caribbean Spa,
Minerva Mae Honeycut
has returned to supervise gardening at
Bee Haven Acres.
Minerva Mae spent the summer, last year, tending garden.
She had a rough summer...too much rain in the Spring...
too many weeds to keep up with.

This year she is happy to be supervising the new garden boxes.
And because the garden has had a makeover, so has she.
They did wonders at that spa.
Here is what she looked like last year:
After following a good diet and getting plenty of exercise,
not to mention letting her hair go back to its natural shade,
(no more bottle blond for Minerva)
 and a new dress and apron...

She looks marvelous, don't you think?
Her cheeks are rosey, her eyes are bright.
She's ready for a summer in the sun,
beneath the shade of her new sunbonnet.

PS:  Sissy and O'Malley are due to kid any day now.  We are so excited for the birth of their little goats....the first for each of them.  We will let you know as soon as the big event happens!

Monday, April 5, 2010

In the Heat of the Day

What a splendid week of beautiful weather we have had....
sunny days, warm temperatures, balmy nights.
The warm temperatures have given my garden boxes a jump start.
The onions are up about 4 inches.
The radishes and sugar snap peas are up.
I have spent the past several days getting the soil ready
in the rest of the garden boxes.
The beets are planted, as are the lettuce and spinach boxes.

There is much activity in the greenhouse also.
The cucumbers, tomatoes, broccoli, and peppers have germinated.
The flowers, cabbage, brussels sprouts, pumpkins 
and squash have not yet emerged.
They remain on warming pads in anticipation.
As with each project that we do around the farm,
we can always count on plenty of great supervision.
Ella Bella makes sure everything is just right in the garden.
TomTom, on the other hand, is no help at all!
PS:  Check back tomorrow as someone special is returning to Bee Haven Acres for the summer.  She has had a major make-over and tomorrow will be the big reveal!

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