Posts Tagged ‘barnyard’
This Mama goose has been patiently waiting on this clutch of eggs for days now. Geese are VERY protective of their eggs and will certainly hiss and bite you if you get too close! So … we will keep our distance and patiently wait for goslings. Hopefully we have a photo of that soon.
Isn’t it amazing how well she blends in with her surroundings? Nature is amazing!
Join us on the farm after the annual 4th of July parade through Byers! We will be hosting live music, car show and food and spirits all day! Lots of fun for the family and definitely something for all ages. Make sure to make BYERS, COLORADO and MAY FARMS your destination for your Independence Day celebration!
We will be hosting the 7th annual Firefighters Muster at May Farms on JULY 13th!
The Muster will begin at 9 am, with a captains meeting at 8:00 am. If your department is interested in participating please contact the office at 303.822.5800 for a registration form.
The first Firefighters’ Muster was held on July 4, 1849 in Bath, Maine. Five teams, using hand drawn pumpers, competed to see which team could shoot a stream of water the longest distance. During the second half of the 19th century firefighers’ musters grew. Modern musters are very different from those early events. Today they are more complex, with serious competition among fire companies and individuals. The goal is to perform the challenge task perfectly, and according to strict rules, and in the fastest time.
These little Chinese Geese arrived today. You can visit these babies or any animals in the barnyard on your next trip to May Farms! These feathered friends were not born here. Their feathers are soft and cuddly and they can not join their older friends in the water yet because they do not produce the oil like a mother goose provides for their young babies and they will get too cold. Until they produce that oil they will have to swim in climate controlled waters. Hope to see you at May Farms soon!
Today we hosted a small field trip for a group of disabled adults from Aurora, Colorado. On their visit they enjoyed feeding the ducks and fish, shucking corn, and were able to feed the goats and donkeys with the shucks! Several of our guests were able to hold a freshly laid (warm) chicken egg and pet the animals.
One of their favorite things about coming to the farm is “the quiet”! “It’s so relaxing when we come to the farm. We don’t have to fight noise or traffic and our group enjoys a day to relax.” said James Wallis who put the group together for the field trip.
Here’s a check up on our bees that we introduced to May Farms a few weeks ago. These bees not only serve the purpose of producing honey but to also pollinate the crops! Our very own Grant took this great video of his first time checking on the bees by himself. Good job Grant!
On a day like today when nothing sounds better than a dip in the pond it only seemed fitting to visit the ducks and geese. As we head over to the pond we spot an egg a duck dropped on their way to the water. The ducks and geese make their way to the edge to greet us from the far side of the pond. The geese make a loud “HONK HONK” noise and the ducks a more reserved “meck meck meck” as if to express their excitement with visitors. “Come in! Sit down! Can we get you some… water?” Or maybe it’s more of a demanding “THROW US SOME BREAD LADY!” We throw in pieces of bread crumbs … The larger geese make it known that they are first to the rations while the ducks just hope something is thrown in their vicinity so they can avoid being “nipped” by George or Gracie – the two large Geese. We throw pieces toward the back so the less aggressive get a few bites too. Even a few fish skim the surface to snag a nibble.
Did you know we have a barnyard you can visit when you come to May Farms? Goats, Donkeys, Sheep, Cats and….We have 16 chickens in our coop! We call them “the girls” as we have no roosters and they cluck around like a bunch of teenage girls with something to say! They range in breed from Americaunas, Rhode Island Reds and Leg Horns. They lay about 8-10 fresh eggs a day and primarily in the afternoons.
The coop is in the process of getting a facelift with new paint and a spring clean! We have to make sure to keep things secure around the coop because often we see the tracks of those looking for chicken dinner or even their eggs, like fox, raccoon or coyote.
Next week we will be sure to show you the updated pictures of the coop!
It’s springtime at May Farms! See this little guy lose a few pounds after a long winter of growing wool. Shearing a sheep in the springtime helps him stay cool through the summer and his wool can be used for clothing and blankets. He seems pretty relaxed while getting it shaved off – I bet it feels good!
Make sure to contact us about other opportunities for you or your family to come out and learn more about country living and life on the farm. It’s always educational and we’d love to have you visit!
We are now booking Spring field trips! Click Here to book yours, and obtain more information! We would love to have your classroom visit our family run farm. We offer a unique farm experience for inquiring minds; including farm animals, tractor rides, and seasonal crops!