10 Things I Learned About Country Living, The Hard Way

| 8/22/2013 9:36:00 AM

Tags: New Farm, Farm Lesson, Poultry Farm, Nina,

NinaLife is full of clichés! “Life turns on a dime” is one of them. It will always turn sharpest when you least expect it, and if you are not holding on tight, it is guaranteed you will end up in a pile of horse puckey! The good news is that soap and water will get things back to normal … or at least acceptable.

Wonderful neighbors can help, but some lessons of country living must be learned the hard way. Here are just a few I have learned in less than a year:

1. Do not back into an electric fence while working on the siding of a garage. The resulting "ZAP" to the backside will propel you head first into the solid wall with amazing force. They do not call it seeing stars for nothing.   

2. Speaking of electric fences, are you aware the human body is a perfect conductor of electricity? DO NOT lean over the electric fence to try and feed your horse a piece of apple. When you connect with the fence, just as she is taking the apple from your hand, she gets a jolt too. The end result: a 16-hand-high mare that runs like crazy when she sees an apple.  

 3. Broody hens are well known, but cannot hold a candle to a broody 18-pound hen turkey. My suggestion, unless you feel like facing a right down angry 23-pound tom to boot: Let her be.

Blue Slate Tom Turkey
Blue Slate tom turkey

3/29/2016 2:49:12 PM

I hear ya on your points made. I learned about the horses from Girl Scouts, so I have 9 to go. I don't intend to raise turkeys but was go FYI. Go luck with the back scratching, my dogs are the same way, just do not drag me around, yet. Learned something about pullets great to know, husband also does not like roosters. Thanks for the lessons and the laughs

8/23/2013 7:45:44 AM

Nina, welcome to the Capper blogging community. You have had quite the experiences, haven't you. I grew up with old style electric fences that were not as powerful as the current ones. We (my uncle and I) used to hang on to the fences just for fun. The weeds would constantly short out the fence and my task was to walk the fence and find the weed that was causing the problem. Then he bought a new electric fence box that was supposed to burn through the weeds. Imagine our surprise when we tried to hold on to that fence. Have a great homestead day.

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