Meet the Animals (Country Living)

We’ve been living in the country for a little over a year now.  My in laws purchased 23 acres last year and we moved shortly there after.  Kenan and I love the country.  We enjoy the peace and quiet.  Waking up with whitetail deer at the feeder, Listening to the rooster crow. We like it. It’s what we love.  You should see the sky at night.  Reminds me of a song. “The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas.”

Let me introduce you to some of our “family members”.  They are furry and feathered.  We love them just the same.

Cats… Cat’s are essential to the farm life we are building.  They hunt rodents and keep the snakes away.  Even though most of the time they are asleep somewhere in the house.  We’ve only seen a couple of snakes since I was bit last April by a Copperhead.  I’ll have to post about that one day. Not fun!  I think the cats, for the most part are doing their job.

Meet the feline team…

WP_20131022_029    This is Sam or Sammy as we call him.  He’s the cat that thinks I need to wake up when the sun comes up every morning.  Yeah, he’s one of those.

WP_20131022_016    Dean is our black “Halloween” cat.

Ringo is our fat, lazy cat.  I’m sure he hunts when I’m not looking though.

WP_20130720_030   Meet our mighty warrior, Cass.  He is defender of the chickens.  Super cat among his friends.

So now that you have met the cats..

Let me introduce you to THE DOG.  Yeah, we call Ruger the dog because he’s the last man standing.  We recently had to give away 3 of our other dogs because they would not stop killing our chickens.  And yes we tried every trick and tip in the book.  Didn’t help.  When an animal keeps killing a source of your food and costing you money.  Time to make other arrangements.  Some dogs can be trained to keep away from the chickens, Ruger was.

Here’s what Ruger does 90% of the day.

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Ruger will be 5 on October 29th.  He’s been a great dog and he is very loyal to me.  I’ve never seen a dog play fetch like this one does.  One day I’m going to have to measure how high he can jump.  He’s my first Border Collie and I adore him.

On to the ladies of the farm.

WP_20130720_033   We have 10 free range chickens.  8 are hens.  These ladies product 40 delicious beautiful large eggs every week.

They are hilarious to watch when they are chasing bugs.  My 4 year old son gets a big kick out of it.

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It’s hard to believe they were ever this small.  I know, you just went awww.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll have to snap some better shots of our two roosters.  On the left we have Cujo. He just came of age and is showing signs of being a great leader.

On our right we have Ferb (my son named him) Ferb has little man syndrome.  He really, really, likes to crow.  And as you can see, he checks my car for bugs on a regular basis.

 

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I’ve always wanted chickens.  We have a lot to still learn about them but they have been so beneficial to our family.  The health benefits of fresh farm eggs vs store bought eggs are amazing.

 

You can check out my friend, Angi, over at Schneider Peeps.  She has taught me so much about chickens!

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I’ve posted before about our rescue horse, Honey.  We’ve had her about 6 weeks now.   She’s looking a lot better although she needs a little more exercise in her routine.

WP_20131022_007  She’s starting to get her winter coat.  And it’s about time for her worming.  Y’all pray for me. She does not like to take her medicine.  I gave her some vitamins with B-12.  I think I more ended up on me than in her mouth.  Mares…

WP_20131022_013  She’s such a sweet girl!  And her hair is hilarious! I tried to make her into a unicorn one day. My husband didn’t think it was funny.

And my husband’s favorite part of living out in the country would be….HUNTING!

Last year was my oldest daughters and my first year to “officially” hunt.  We’ve gone with my husband before but that was about it.

First deer of the season.  We had this guy cleaned and in the ice chest before Kenan had to leave for work that morning.

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Next up! My first buck ever! Yay me!  If you know anything about hunting, then you know about spikes.  He needed to be taken out of the gene pool.  My husband tells me I did great! Although the guys later asked if I was going to use his spikes for toothpicks.. Men!  And for you pro hunters out there, yes I had to throw out one of the front quarters.  I didn’t realize how much damage a 30-30  can actually do.

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After lots of practice and training.  Hailee proved that she knew her way around a rifle and was a consistent shot. During youth season, Hailee took out her first deer ever.  Let me tell you, she was HEAVY!

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I can’t wait until we make sausage again after hunting season this year.  We missed out on it earlier this year due to my mom’s passing.  So we should have quite a bit of sausage this year.

And I have my eyes open for this guy.   We named him Flicka.  He wasn’t legal last year but he has a beautiful rack.  We’ve seen him a time or two earlier this year while he was still in velvet.  Gave me “buck fever” just seeing him with his bachelor group.

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Here’s a pic of our “backyard”. I’ll post more later.

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Blessings!

emily

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Until next time.. Watch out for evil kittens!

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About Sprinkles of Faith

I am wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. I have 5 kids who are amazing. I enjoy home schooling, gardening, and living my simple farm life. My mother went home to be with Jesus in 2013. Through pain and heartache my husband and I started on a new adventure that is changing our lives. Pink Zebra. After less than 4 short months with the company, I promoted 3 times. I am now an Executive Manager and Kenan is a Manager! Kenan and I love working for such a great company and meeting so many new people. Sprinkles of Faith is dedicated in loving memory of my mother. Check out my website to learn more about Pink Zebra. sprinklesoffaith.com "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as for the Lord, not for men." Colossians 3:23

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