The start of February is always made brighter for us with Farmer Nick’s Birthday. It may not be a significant one this year, that’s my prerogative this autumn, but it is still a time to celebrate. With my eldest away at University and Guy and Clio in France on a school trip we were down numbers this year. Hey ho that’s more cake for the rest of us!
Farm work continues birthday or not
Despite a lovely family evening a farmer’s chores must continue even on a birthday. There is no explaining to the animals that it is Farmer Nick’s Birthday and please could they just wait an hour or so for their breakfast today! That said it was a few days ahead of our half term guests arriving so we were a little later than the scheduled 9am fed run.
I am delighted to say that the new chicken coup we built has made all the difference to our chickens. I’ve never seen them looking so healthy. The ample space, good ventilation and a variety of levels to explore makes for happy sweet smelling chickens even at the end of the week. That said they still crowd together over the breakfast table.
All our ducks are now indoors too, however the wild birds that stay with us like the guinea fowl are not ours to trap, and he still follows round the fed run stealing a little food from the other animals at every chance.
Hay is the mainstay of the winter food for most of the animals. Carrying it is heavy work and something I struggle with, Farmer Nick manages to make it look easy and fills up the troughs in a fraction of the time it takes me.
Celebrate your birthday at the farm
This coming week will be quite different on the farm as we are busy with little helpers for half term. If you have a birthday during your stay with us do talk to me about making you a cake to celebrate, and unlike Farmer Nick, farm chores are optional on your birthday!
“Tales from the farmers wife” shares the funny and interesting happenings on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. A behind the scenes look on balancing family, farming, the holiday business and cooking for all.
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