Promise Acre: Our Journey

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We had an abundance of rat snakes, until they started in on the chickens and eggs. I need to build my permanent big chicken coop, rat and snake proof that I’ve been planning on since we moved here. I have a pile of salvaged used lumber now and need to build it this summer.
Paris, our female Great Pyrenees, hates snakes and kills them.
 

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No offense, definitely not a brown snake. I am not familiar with all the different species in your area... just know some different ones off the top of my head because I used to like to study snakes, reptiles and amphibians. I will have to find a pictorial of Indiana snakes and see if I have any other thoughts. But as much as I like snakes and respect their place, a poisonous one really needs to be eliminated from areas where you and your family are.
 

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No offense, definitely not a brown snake. I am not familiar with all the different species in your area... just know some different ones off the top of my head because I used to like to study snakes, reptiles and amphibians. I will have to find a pictorial of Indiana snakes and see if I have any other thoughts. But as much as I like snakes and respect their place, a poisonous one really needs to be eliminated from areas where you and your family are.
If you can figure it out, let me know. I sent it to a friend who's knowledgeable who sent it on. The ONLY sign it might be poisonous is the head shape, eye's were not slits and absolutely no sign of rattles or pits.
 

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Rattlesnakes grow their rattles as they age - the babies do NOT have a rattle. My brother got bit by a baby rattlesnake when we were little because he thought it was a gopher snake as it had no rattles. He's ok, but spent 1-2 weeks in the hospital when it happened.
 

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So we did get 2 of the small fields baled and put up last Sunday. 40 bales to get us started for the the season. The fields we planted are growing. IMG_6379.JPGIMG_6378.JPGIMG_6377.JPG
Garden is all planted except a couple of zucchini a friend gave us, pumpkins and the 2nd group of sweet corn. Kids were a big help IMG_6327.JPGIMG_6329.JPG
Horse lessons are going well though we're struggling to ride much beyond them. 4H horse &pony practices start next week. IMG_6342.JPG
Saddled Lightning last week. He's doing great. Haven't ridden again but he's ready. Not going to rush it and it may be after the fair... IMG_6324.JPG
Softball for dd1 is going well, they've played 6 games already. She tried catcher position last night and did well. IMG_E6391.JPGIMG_6397.JPG'
Another litter of Velveteen lops... the doe's 2nd litter but she had them on the wire... and they ALL fell out (yes I need BABY SAVER WIRE)... but she seems to be resuming her duties after we collected them (8), made them a nest in the box. This is our 6th VL litter, 13th litter total for us this year.
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Some photos from the last couple of weeks. We just got 240 bales for first cut, down from last year. IMG_6434.JPG DH fertilized the fields and they're looking good. DD1 got to put up the hay wagon. IMG_6446.JPG
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DD1 playing catcher for the first time. She loves it!
IMG_6523.JPGIMG_6520.JPGLots of bunnies were born over the weekend. Up to 74 rabbits total!
Camping over the weekend. IMG_6472.JPGIMG_6509.JPGIMG_6469.JPGRanger did very well.
DD1 learning the zero turn for 4H tractor drivingIMG_6530.JPG
Dog 4H show is this Saturday. The two older kids have been having fun with that. And our youngest had a tball game last night. 4H horse and pony practices started last week too, our prep work has paid off and the ponies have done great for DD1. IMG_E6451.JPG
 

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