A while ago a homeschool mom about 1-1/2 hours away asked Jonathan if he could provide her with 2 dozen fertilized chicken eggs. He agreed, and when the time was close to pick up the eggs she sent an email and asked if she could bring along some friends to tour the farm.
Last Thursday 59 people drove over for a farm tour!
The weekend before we had a storm that dumped about 10 inches of very wet snow on top of very muddy conditions. The tour day was very warm -- probably in the 50's (we still don't have an outside thermometer!), and created very sloppy road conditions.
All the vehicles parked on the gravel road and Jim drove them up in the back of the pickup truck which was filled with straw.
At least the children enjoyed the sloppy, slippery ride! Some people opted instead to walk up the quarter mile driveway.
Jonathan converted the front of our old semi trailer to a brooder for his 100 Rhode Island Red chicks which arrived by mail a week earlier, and that was everyone's first stop.
It took a while to get the tour going, since the younger children thought it great fun to play in the snow and mud! I guess I've forgotten what it's like to live with concrete sidewalks and paved roadways and no mud to be found.
I've never seen lines forming on our farm to check out the animals!
The chicken coop was another stop. Peter picked up a hen and let anyone that wanted to give it a pat. I don't think the chicken was too thrilled.
Down in the main barn the children (have to be careful not to call them kids, since we have some of those as well!) were introduced to Sandy and Della, our dairy cows. Milkah the calf got her bottle while some of them were checking out the cows.
It was great fun to hold one of our new goat kids.