Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A sad day on the farm!!!

Good morning sweets..........sad day on the farm!! This last weekend we went to stay with a friend on her sweet little hobby farm.......it was wonderful!!! Morning came and she was in the kitchen......smells permeating her beautiful home......and she was fixing us breakfast. Spoiling us......which she does often!!! She loves Jesus with her whole heart.....and loves people!!! She wants to build tiny houses.......like me......that will be fun if it ever happens!


She made us Swiss Eggs.....oh num!!!! She gave "us" the recipe.........

"Ladies: my grandfather was born in Switzerland and his mom used to make these eggs on special occasions. It is eggs poached in cream with grated Swiss cheese on top. You heat the cream, turn down the heat, and break the eggs into the cream. Put on the lid and let it cook for a bit, depending on how soft you like your eggs. Take the lid off and add the grated Swiss cheese. Put lid back on long enough to melt the cheese. It is served on toast with the leftover goodness spooned over the top. Salt and pepper to taste. ENJOY!" Suzanne 

She forgot to say she put in crumbly bacon in the cream, also.....that made it sooooo good!!



So on with my story.......we left the chickens in their coop......something got in which now we think was a "Herd of Raccoons"!!!!!!!!! Our big coop had a window where I had patched it with a small piece of fine mesh piece of screen. Something opened it and so the size of a window pane was big enough to get in........all my big older chickens (about 20 plus) my 3 ducks and 4 Guineas and about 3 roos.......all gone......except for two of the Guineas......literaly allllll gone! Like they had vanished!! I had noticed outside some Guinea feathers......and then saw the window pane....opened the door.....and this is what I found. JUST FEATHERS! No bones.....bodies.....nothing. I was sick to my stomach. We couldn't believe they were all gone.....just like that!!!! 


We checked the new chickens and they were fine the other night. We didn't think that anything could get in.......well last night they climbed over the chicken wire that we had put on the gate area and  they got in.....whatever it was got 10 of my newwwww hens........ugh!!!!! Couldn't believe it. The way we built the doorway we had to put chicken wire on a certain way because it was the sheep's shed not a coop. From the gate up to way high we put on chicken wire......we should have secured it at the very top......tonight we will when we get home from the coffeehouse!! Thinking maybe to build the gate with new wood all the way to the top.....if I can do that I will. Whoever is getting them got my pet Chicky Girl.......sad.......3 of the Wyandotte's .....some Olive Eggers.......so thankful they didn't get the Mr. Roo Wyandotte. So hard on a farm sometimes.....but that is farm life!!!!!

That is my woo today! I think it is time to get my get my chicken catalog and order me some new chickens........that would make a sweet day!!! 

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes
refuge in HIM Psalm 34:8


Hugs to your day!!!
me

8 comments:

  1. This is such sad news, Linda! My daughter has chickens and some of them have been "gotten" by various creatures over the years. Always a sad time when that happens.

    The Swiss eggs look wonderful and I do not even really like poached eggs. But how could one go wrong with those fabulous flavors?

    So nice to see you posting again!

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  2. Oh no!!! I sure hate that for you all.

    BLESSINGS!
    Charlotte Moore

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  3. Hi Linda, I am so sorry about your feathered friends! Those raccoons are extremely vicious critters! Foxes and coyote too! So sad but the wildlife seem to be everywhere today. When Nick's cat Rose was ill three years ago I met a lady at the vet office. She was recently widowed and had the cutest puppy. It was attacked in her yard by a raccoon! That lil sweetheart fought off the raccoon but she was torn up badly. She did survived! Rose has been under the weather again 3 years to the date and the Vet told us there are more and more wildlife everywhere in the city. My goodness, my cousin, the Pastor told us his wife was picking up the kids from school and a bear was walking down Highway 50! Lisa said he walked a really long way but the wildlife officials came and tranquilzed the bear and tagged him so they could monitor him. It is sad people are pushing wildlife out of their homes and they are getting into the cities and everywhere. I know you deal with it more so on the farm but it is so so sad. Poor sweet friends! My friend lives on a farm across the road from million dollar homes in a new development. She has farm animals, they have designer furniture and clothes. It is so odd to see her sweet old farm house that her hubby remodeled one room at a time and it looks great but they have pigs and cows and goats and chickens. I feel badly for all the farm animals. People here are forcing farmers out for their expensive homes! Our world is going upside down! Wait for the Lord: be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord! Psalm 27:14 HUGS

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  4. I'm so sorry. That is so sad. I believe raccoons killed my sweet cat years ago. Hugs!

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  5. Oh, so sad to read this Linda! We have had predator problems in the past when we lived in the country. Our city chickens seem to fare better although last night my sweetie and I headed out for a walk and spotted a coyote - although the edges, it was right in town. Blessings! Those swiss eggs look amazing. I often make shirred egss. Will have to add some swiss cheese.

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  7. So sorry to hear about your ducks and chickens, I have ducks and have learned that hardware cloth (raccoons can reach through the chicken wire mesh) attached with washers and screws is the best thing to deter predators-also sink it into the ground about a foot to deter the digging predators.

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