And we soldier on. Since Pumpkin died on Monday, I have been discombobulated, to say the least. I am looking for the good in life and of course I find it because good is everywhere. But there is a little hole in my heart in the shape of a small white goat.
The barnyard is definitely…different. Sambuca is especially confused. He wanders around, looking behind the lean-to, sticking his head into the chicken coop…he’s looking for his buddy. He continues to stand by himself in the morning, waiting solo for breakfast. Breaks my heart. I give him extra hugs, extra treats. And I worry. The first sign of the disease that killed Pumpkin is difficulty peeing. So I stare at Sambuca, waiting for him to pee. I never imagined I would be so interested in making sure a goat pees long and hard. Is this healthy? (For me, I mean. For the goat, of course it’s healthy.)
One thing I can’t miss when I go in the barnyard is it’s that chicken molting time of year. We’ve got feathers EVERYWHERE. I rake morning and afternoon, but they keep coming. I’ve never understood why they molt in the fall. It’s been cold already. Why do they lose their feathers when it gets cold? Why not in the summer?
Anyway, Scarlett, Sarah, Maude and Cindy Lou are getting the worst of it this year.
With the molt comes a plummeting egg count. If I get three a day now, I’m lucky. Hard on them, hard on me!
Even though I’m sad, here’s always something to make me smile in the barnyard. Doink is usually in the middle of it, and yesterday was no different. The chickens spill a lot of the food out of the chicken feeder in the new shed and some of it gets scratched out the pop door. Doink takes advantage of the tasty tidbits, creating a bit of a traffic jam in the process.
As summer turns to fall, here at Happy Mama Acre we are healing a little, working a little, smiling a little. And constantly, always, looking for the good in life. Have a great weekend!
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