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Hi everyone, I wanted to start this blog as a fun way to document our beginning adventures of farming and starting our family. My name is Nikki and I am engaged to my high school sweetheart Kenny. We have recently purchased a home with 31 acres and both have always dreamed of starting our own family farm. I wanted to share our experiences with others who may be thinking about starting a small farm or homestead. So, I will be sharing our ups and downs, heartache and happiness and things that we've learned to do and not to do. I hope you all enjoy our story.
In my first post I would just like to introduce you all to our farm family. Enjoy the cuteness.
I would like to introduce you all to our farm family. This is Oliver and Finley, this is the first photo I took of them when we brought them home.
This is Oliver and Finley now, they have grown so much!
Cooper and Emmy. My little helpers, I love these two more than anything. They love to run down to the barn with me and Emmy likes to herd the lambs into their stall.
This is Pepper, he is our rescue kitty. A friend found him along the road with his sister. I immediately fell in love with him. I am so happy to say that we have given him a happy and loving home.
All up in my business! lol This is one of 17 chickens that we have. Sadly we have lost 1 chicken so far, I came down to the barn and her neck was broken. I have no idea what happened, this is one of the heart breaks I've encountered so far.
This is Duck and Quack (The names they came with) We adopted these two after their owner decided they did not want them any longer. It was an adjustment for the other ducks, but after a little time and introducing them, they all get along great.
These are the 3 original ducks that we had since they were ducklings. Sadly, my daisy girl has passed. This was a tough one for me. We did everything that we could to help her, the vet told us she had septic arthritis, so we started a course of antibiotics for 2 weeks. She seemed to be happier and had more energy, but she could barely walk. We had her in our spare bathroom and I would turn on the tub for her to swim and we tried to nurse her back to health. I took her back into the vet and they suggested possible joint fusion. All I really wanted was to get her back outside with her brother and sister and to live a normal life again. We decided to try the joint fusion, I was very optimistic about it. I am a huge animal lover, so I wanted to try anything that I could to help her. My phone rang, I was so excited to hear how she was doing. When I answered the phone, I heard "I'm sorry, but I have bad news." I immediately burst into tears, she said that Daisy did not make it through surgery, they had finished the procedure and were suturing her incision and her poor little heart stopped. I was so heart broken. Daisy didn't want to fight any longer, she wanted to go peacefully and swim in the ponds of heaven. I cry just writing this. I will say this has been the hardest part of farming so far.
Daisy and I - "If love alone could have kept you here, you would have lived forever."
My last picture I'm going to post is Charlie. This is a before and after picture. This is how we found him in the first picture, he lived on a different farm. I could not leave him! We brought him home and just like Daisy, we were told he was suffering from septic arthritis. (The vet told us that this is a very common disease found in ducks) We started him on a course of antibiotics and I tried to baby him back to health. Sadly, he did not make it. Kenny came home and Charlie was not breathing. We have both Charlie and Daisy buried beside each other. I plan on planting flowers on top of their graves. I will say the hardest part of all of this is that along with the good times, you will encounter heartache too. It has been tough, but I will say I know that I have given the best care possible to each of our animals.