By the end of April, 2014, the barn progress was moving along nicely! The chicks and ducklings exploded in size and were enjoying Spring in Michigan. Our lifelong dream was truly becoming a reality!
The chickens and ducks were settling in nicely, so it was time for a few more new friends…goats! Most assumed we would milk our goats, but this was not the case. Our goats are all castrated males, saved from becoming “goat sticks”. Some might see this as a waste and ask what is their purpose on the farm!? That answer is easy…comic relief! Spend 5 minutes with a goat and you will be head over heals in love, for all eternity!
During all of the excitement, about 18 weeks from the day the chicks arrived, we were given the gift of our first egg! It felt like we had done ok as chicken mamas! Keep in mind, neither of us had any farming experience. Wifey and I loved to garden and had years of experience growing anything and everything, but other than cats and dogs, farm animals were a new addition to our life! Thank goodness we both loved to research!
Goats were not the only new addition! If we were going to have a barn, we would need a few barn cats! Meet Leo, Bartholomew, Buddy and Pumpkin! (Can you tell the kiddos helped with the naming of the kittens?!)
As the goats and kittens were exploring their new home, it was time to prepare for our next big addition…horses. This meant we needed pasture fencing.
Our goal was to have the horses delivered by 4th of July weekend. Although the barn looked almost ready to go, we still had stall mats, bucket hooks and hay feeders to purchase and install.
Everything was falling into place. In just a few short weeks, two beautiful creatures would enter my life and change it forever…
“I’ve heard it said, that people come into our lives for a reason, bringing something we must learn and we are led, to those, who help us most to GROW if we let them and we help them in return…”
~Wicked the Musical
Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…