Are you an animal lover? I am. And I’m not talking cats and dogs in this case. I’m talking farm animals! Did you know that we have hens, 2 roosters, 6 goats, 4 sheep, 2 donkeys and 1 bunny at our farm? And now we have a new barn to house them in! This is particularly exciting for me because my daughters and I, alongside Grandpa Bob, are the ones who get to dirty our hands by keeping the barn clean and the animals fed, watered and groomed.
Here are a few fun facts about our barn and animals:
- The wood used to build the barn is all salvaged from the 2015 Rock Creek forest fire. This was a devastating fire that burned 4400 hectares of forest.
- A local rancher milled the logs a few months after the fire. If he would have waited too long the wood would not have been usable.
- Over 18,000 board feet of lumber were used to build the barn, all of it from salvaged wood.
- One of our donkeys, Salsa, is 32 years old!
- Our newest goat, Cookie, is pregnant! She should be kidding (giving birth) within the next few days.
- Our animals are useful to us in different ways. We eat the eggs that the chickens lay, we use the wool from the sheep to make felting crafts and my daughters love to ride our younger donkey, Tilly! Click the photo of the girls to see a video of them with Tilly.
As a mother of young children, I feel very blessed to be able to live on a farm and work alongside different generations of family members. It makes me proud to see my three-year-old and two-year-old singing while shovelling manure, and asking if we could please go brush the donkeys. To see them working right alongside their Great-Grandpa and Nana, their Papa and Grandma, their Uncles and Aunts and their Dad is the biggest blessing of all.
We would love to share with you the true farm experience of being face-to-face with these amazing animals. Come on down, check out the barn and meet the critter crew!
The Younger Farmer’s Wife,
Time-lapse video of the barn construction. What took months can be viewed in less than 2 minutes!