Red Hens

I often give an update on my hens, but haven’t been very good about sharing pictures of them. I enjoy watching the girls peck around and waddle across the yard. It’s relaxing to watch them be chickens. Here are a few shots I captured of my red hens.

February 23

On February 20, 2011 after much consideration I published my first two blog posts. The first an introduction of myself and the other called “Footprints in the Snow.”

Over the last four years of blogging I have shared many aspects of life on our South Dakota cattle ranch. I have shared “My Life” from recipes, to books, to Ag issues, and my personal photography. I have tried to share “Everything In Between” from places I’ve visited, events I have attended and my attempt to be creative. Thank You to all for being dedicated followers and for sharing your thoughts in the comments section. I appreciate your support.

February 23

This week one of my favorite people celebrates a birthday. “That Cowboy Lady” I call Mom is one in a million. She is much more than my Mom, she is my friend, a mentor and someone who I admire in many ways.

February 23

J and I got everything moved around so the heifers are in the calving pasture. We are watching the girls close, especially since cold temps have returned. I have the 5:00 am check and am adjusting to going to be earlier and getting up at five. I love the quiet time in the morning to think and prepare for the day.

February 23

One of my favorite winter things is sales. J takes in many sales via internet and television; it’s fun to catch sales that we can’t attend in person. J watches bull sales and tunes in to sale barn feeder calf sales. On cold afternoons I hear the chant of two or three auctioneers and see J taking it all in. Technology is a wonderful way to stay on top of the markets.

How was your weekend?

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12 Responses to Red Hens

  1. Buttons says:

    Oh I love your hens. I am so happy I found you four years ago, you rock. Oh calving in this cold is a big challenge I know:) Take care back to work for me bbbbburrrrrr. Hug B

  2. Loretta says:

    I enjoy reading about your life.
    It is relief from the stress of mine and helps me wait on new dreams for my life that I hope will intersect with the ranch life.

  3. Cheri says:

    Love your hens. The cold weather shows up, the babies hit the ground. Good luck out there and be safe.
    Only 10 heifers left to go. We opened the gates and let the cows go. It seems every cow has 3 babies! Lol! They are everywhere! I just love little baby cows. 🙂
    Cheri

    • Robyn says:

      Yea for winding down on calving, Cheri. I hope you share some pictures of pretty white faces. Our “official due date” for the heifers is March 1st, gotta love short gestation Angus. The only problem is it seems like the last week of Feb us usually very cold.

      Here is one for you, we had a bred heifer get hurt last summer and has restricted use of her rear legs. She does pretty good when she is not in a hurry. The heifer got really thin last summer, so we sorted her off to giver her TLC. She has a slow steer for a compainion. Last week I told J she looks like she’s starting to spring. He looked at me funny and checked his ultrasound data. Sure enough she ultrasounded the first week of March. Time will tell.

  4. Darcy says:

    Your hens look like they are in great shape! We’re just down to the tail end of calving here – a handful of heifers and about 20-30 cows or so to go and we’ll wrap up the 2015 season. I hope your calving goes well and that the weather cooperates.

  5. Nita says:

    Not being a chicken person I never expected to hear myself say this, but your red hens are beautiful!
    Happy Birthday to your Mom! I hope you all have a wonderful week!

  6. lisa says:

    They look great robin…mine are laying awesome now!! Good luck calving..we won’t start until the end of march.

    • Robyn says:

      Lisa,
      I’m getting over a dozen eggs a day and up to 17. I have 18 hens. I love it.
      Our cows will start the end of March too. Maybe we will be over these cold snaps by then.

  7. Kim says:

    Congratulations on your blogging anniversary! I’m so thankful we’ve connected as friends across the miles through our blogging endeavors.

    When I saw your title, I immediately thought of the childhood story, “The Little Red Hen.” It’s a favorite, and I enjoyed seeing the photos of your girls.

    Good luck with calving. We are down to 4 heifers and have calved out about half of the cows. So far, so good!

  8. We are down to just three hens this winter, but they’re doing swell! We had a weasel in the coop that was caught stealing eggs and keeping the girls on their toes, roosting in their outdoor enclosure rather than in the coop, even on very sub-zero nights. Luckily, all is well again (and we have eggs again!)
    My local farm friend Alaina was over to visit this week, they have begun calving with about 20 newborns so far.. we had -35 a week or so ago, with -50 windchill.. they hope for warmer temps for calving. Sounds like better temps are on their way.
    Always nice catching up with you, Robyn!

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