Disclaimer.......this post is long......wanted to fill you in on what my afternoon was like at the Yoder Poultry Auction and what I saw! "Smile!"
"The Sweet Life"
I put this pic up late last night on my fbook. It turned out sweeter then I thought! Little Amish little ones going home from the auction......I live by Yoder, Kansas. You will see women in the back of a tractor in a half pickup bed......sitting in a lawn chair with children around her......the sweet life don't cha think? I would like to do that for a day!
I awoke this morning to birds singing outside... like you would not believe. The fog is low to the ground...the sun is coming up on the horizon...... and roosters are telling us on the farm...that it is time to get up! I am fully awake with a full day ahead of me! I am HOME.......and it is a good thing!
We have some momma cats in safe cages so nothing will get their babies. Some of the bigger ones are leaving the nest.......this was what I found when I went into the milk house this morning.....sweetness to greet my day! The second one to the left had part of his backside behind.....he just couldn't get to the top step!
Before we went to the auction.. this is what the storm looked like to the west of us.......the conditions were bad for tornados. I prayed!!!!!!! It looked like it was going to stay away from where the auction was........when we got there it was fine. The storm just kept moving east.......I was thankful.
Let the auction begin!!!!!!!! Everyone has been waiting for this for a month! It is an exciting time and the thing I love most........is families!!!!!!!! Young and old.......you will find every walk of life.......lots of Asians will be there for the eggs. It is wonderful to see. Lots of bare feet little ones.......mostly Amish! It is a very special time.
Okay....when I go to an auction, before I bid, I walk all the lines and make a mental note of what I want to bid on. When I see something...... I know whether I want it or not right off. Last night was no different! I saw and wanted! I hope I don't sound like I have to have these things, because I don't.......if I get a good bid... I will buy. I set a fair price in "my mind" and won't go over! Oh, and I am cheap! The boys and I saw this pull behind a mower cart! The color was perfect and it would be so fun for them on the farm......one way to get them to clean the coop! I am a "thinkin' Grammie." I was bidding and an older gentleman was standing "right" next to me and kept making my bid go higher on me! I looked at him kindly! I thought he should have been nice, don't you think? We got it......and the boys were ecstatic.... so was I! As I was there I thought of how fun it would have been to have you all there with!
The Auctioneer came to this nester........Vitaliy really wanted to bid......we did, but it went way to high. On to the next thing!
I really wanted to bid on these two Momma Buff Brahmas. There was a daddy and a baby.....they went way to high.......I will be ordering this week from McMurray Hatchery! They were beautiful! I have never seen real ones before that I remember. The rooster was something different.
I saw this precious Momma and her 8 chicks........she was what I had come for! I loved her at first sight. Her babies kept hopping on her back......she tugged at my Momma Heart! I went over my bid amount I had in my mind.......I couldn't help it......I will work some extra hours at work to pay back what I spent.....heehee....it was so so worth it. She is living in my little milk house in her own cage until she gets use to the Cochin family......she will fit right in!
I bid on 5 Araucana laying hens....3 from this cage and....
two from this cage (one was white)......the ladies who buy my eggs like the green eggs. The lady who owned these chickens said that one will have pink eggs.......I will like that! She and I were able to talk a little......she lived not far from our farm and raises baby Araucanas. She gave me her number.
The boys wanted to bid on this Golden Pheasant..........it went for $45. Toooooooo much! They were sad.
We bought some 5 extra cages.......bid on some fertile eggs and got them, 8 dozen to be exact!!!!!!! 2 and a half dozen Araucanas, and 6 suprises! That is fine.....I will be taking them after they hatch all back to the auction this summer and sell them. I will get a good profit for my money and it will be fun to have a bunch of little ones on the farm!
Other things we saw were these adorable baby goats.
I liked the geese also........my farm is not set up for them YET..........maybe some day.
and some more baby geese.......precious! You could find straw bales, some plants, cages, garden tools........anything you would find on a farm. It was such a fun day.
They were pretty proud of our buys! Planting memories into their hearts.......hope they will always want to come to the auctions with their Grammie!
Later I went to a farm store to pick up a new incubator! That was fun.....because they had some baby Barred Rock chicks that we got for Vitaliy to live at his home! He lovesssss chickens... so we are helping start his flock! I have one incubator already filled with some eggs for a farm friend and don't want to disturb them.....so I bought a new one!!!!!!!! That will work for me! The other eggs will be surprises....but I will be off in two weeks!!!!!!!!! Yahoo! Can't wait.....I will love it not having to leave my farm......for 2 and a half months.
Only one thing was missed at the auction......you precious ladies!!!!!
Hugs to you from our farm........trusting the Lord is making His presence known in your lives!!!!!!!