Spring has finally arrived this year, a little delayed, but nonetheless it is here and our whole family is excited and ready. I'm not sure who is more excited, My Farmer so he can start planting corn and soybeans, or the kids so they can do all of their favorite spring time things:
Get Bottle Lambs
For the last few years we have gotten our kids some bottle lambs or bottle goats to take care of as their own spring and summer projects on the farm. While we do raise pigs on our farm, the pig barns are a mile away, so the kids aren't able to help with the pigs always. Having the bottle lambs or goats here on our acreage allows the kids to take care of them daily, be active caregivers, and gives them responsibility. If you follow me on Instagram you saw that we got this year's bottle lambs, Connor and Chance last week!
|Miss A with Connor and Mr. K with Chance|
Before we picked up the lambs though, we headed to Theisen's to pick up some supplies! Theisen's is a family-owned home, farm and auto retail business located in Iowa and Wisconsin, and lucky for us, we have one just a half-hour away that we use regularly to pick up everything from livestock supplies, to clothes and boots, to gardening tools, seeds and plants. It is also our go to place to pick up everything we need for the county fair. Being that one-stop spot is important to Theisen's too. Their tagline is "More for You" as they are always thinking about how to give their customers more both in their stores and online. I also appreciate how Theisen's gives back and supports groups like 4-H, FFA, County Fairs, educational programs, local parishes, Toys for Tots, The Boys & Girls Club and United Way.
|Mr. K was a great helper shopping|
At Theisen's we were able to pick up all of the essentials for bottle lambs: lamb milk replacer, heat lamps and bulbs, and bottle nipples. If you are going to have bottle lambs or goats, I highly recommend getting some Pritchard Futter Valves. They are the perfect size for bottle lambs and goats and they fit perfect onto a pop bottle. The pop bottles are easy for both the lamb and the kids to handle, verses the giant 1/2 gallon bottles. We were also able to pick up lamb feed and a mineral block for when they get older. Theisen's has a great selection of feeders and buckets for feed, hay and water. I love our feeder that uses chains and hooks to secure to the fence, this way we can easily move the feeder higher as the lambs get bigger.
|Left: Feeder and Bucket Aisle|
Top Right: Pritchard Flutter Valves
Bottom Right: Lamb Milk Replacer, Heat Lamp and Bulbs
Ride in the Tractor
Another favorite thing about Spring for our farm kids is riding in the tractor! I am happy to report that we started spring planting today! I was out doing some tillage work and both Miss A and Miss R rode along with me. The kids enjoy being out in the field and being apart of the action during planting, and if you ask them the best seat in the field is in the buddy seat next to their Dad, Grandpa or myself.
|My buddy seat companions - Miss A and Miss R|
And of course the other great thing about spring on the farm is being able to play outside (without snow gear on). The kids love exploring around the farm and getting a little dirty along the way. Every member of our family has a pair of "farm boots" that they wear in and out of the barn and that never leave home. They are perfect for the kids to slip on and not have to worry about getting them dirty.
|Mr. K, Miss A, Miss L and Miss R in their farm boots|