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Last Week’s Egg Letter 10/10/19

October 16, 2019

It is Thursday afternoon. I have finished my farm work and “Work” work…oh how I love my “Work” work!
Anyway, I thought I would holler at y’all now because I have a number of appointments and interviews tomorrow… I love my life! I love my farm! I love my not-farm business!

Eggs are for Sale! Who needs eggs to be delivered on Sunday at church?

Walter & Sweetie sneaked some feed from inside the pasture.

Walter and Sweetie trying to get feed from the wrong side of the fence.

The rain last weekend, the overcast days of late, the lower temperatures – praise the Lord God Almighty! He has given us relief! He alone made all things and He alone has rained His mercy upon us! (We almost didn’t come to church last Sunday, so enthralled with the falling rain, the smell, the sound…)

The sort-of tarp covering DH and I hung for the goats on Saturday was full of water and half-fallen-down when I went to the pasture this morning. The goats looked no worse for wear. Fat, sassy, some wanting to be petted… They all love feed, though they no longer receive it regularly.
DH is researching the best shelters (smallish) that we can put into the central pasture when we – take a deep breath – move the younger nannies to the front pasture again. Time for my cardio again! Pam? Pam? Where are you, my goat-herding friend?

Does & their kids.

Heidi, Dot, GG, Jumper, Barb and Joy – too cool for school.

The hens are great! They are being fed Scratch again now that the temp has dropped. While filling my Scratch bucket, one of the young pullets flew up to stand on my wrist. Silly bird. She stayed there while I walked out of the coop until I dropped my arm and scattered Scratch for everyone!

The big dogs were bathed last weekend ahead of the cold front. They immediately rolled in the grass and Dixon, bad dog, scratched up mulch to roll in! Not longer White Great Pyrenees. They are filthy, cocklebur-encrusted, spoiled rotten farm dogs!

Walter has the most beautiful coat! Looking forward to seeing his offspring!

Let me know if you want farm fresh eggs!

Tammi Hollis

RODAN+FIELDS Independent Consultant
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Egg Customer Letter 4/4/2020

April 7, 2020

Good Saturday morning! I miss seeing you and getting hugs from you! I hope you are well and staying a safe distance from everyone in your immediate circle. Self-imposed isolation is a discipline, and I don’t know about you, but I need some practice of discipline in my life!

I have dozens and dozens of eggs! Spring has spring and the hens are back up to full speed laying. However, we are all isolated from one another…so, none available for purchase until the travel and gathering restrictions are lifted.

I’m thinking Isla is papa’s girl…

We added a Cairn Terrier puppy to the farm last weekend. Her name is Isla (eye-lah) and she is black & brindle. Full of personality! Independent!
Crazy fast, especially when she is getting into something she is not supposed to, of course! Four pounds of trouble running and nipping!
Dixon has allowed her to be a pest but Mason refuses to get near her. He barks and growls when she tries then runs off. Moxie Kitty finally hissed and slapped her to calm her down.

Isla did watch Pastor Jim on FB Live last week!

We still have only 4 kids born of 3 Mamas: Sweetie 3/23, Barb (2) 3/26 and Sissie 3/27. The remaining 6 does look like they are going to pop if kids don’t come soon! Once all the kids come (could be 15+) it would be worth driving out here and watching them play…from the road, of course! (But I could sneak down with some eggs! Shh!)
Walter has been moved to the central pasture where he will see his nannies and talk to them but not breed until sometime in the fall. I have to reinforce the gate chicken wire this morning…

The hens are great, glad for the fresh weeds and bugs and the abundance of worms.

I am planning and planting a serious garden this year with the guys here to help. (I hope.) We will reinforce the “puppy garden” fence this morning to hopefully keep the rabbits out! Rabbits ate the cabbage and lettuce that I planted last month, but didn’t bother the red onions. I have a few plants and lots of seed to get in the ground today.

Judy and Peg, Barb’s kids, with little Sandy in the background.

Our oldest son, John David, has fully recovered from his bout of COVID-19. We did not get him tested but he had all the symptoms and was quarantined in his bedroom for 14 days. It took that long for his fever to return to normal for 3 days in a row.
Dear Husband, Jeffrey nor I ever had a symptom, but we self-isolated for the 2 weeks as not to be carriers.

That’s about it. Lots of work to do. Lots of critters to care for.
I wish you could join us out here in the fresh air and sunshine the Lord has graciously sent. It would make you feel less isolated just to walk around and breathe the fresh air, and maybe haul a bag or 2 of feed for me!

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday! This time last year we were in Israel! We walked Christ’s path from the Mount of Olives to the gates of the Temple Mount!
Nothing quite so earth-shaking this year, though we will decorate our front door and gate with green trimmings (some palms!) in recognition.
Jesus’ triumphal entry should be celebrated as we prepare our hearts for this coming week of His passion.

The Lord bless you and keep you!
This, too, shall pass.

Tammi Hollis

RODAN+FIELDS Executive Consultant
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Friday Egg Customer Letter 3/20/2020

March 21, 2020

Springtime has sprung…until Sunday morning which is supposed to be cold again…do I still have the water fount heaters on?…what was I saying? Oh yes, Spring has sprung and most of the hens are laying eggs daily. (Still need to butcher about 9…before the weather gets hot…)
However, like all of you, we are isolating ourselves. Hope y’all are healthy and well and strong, resting in the everlasting arms of our Savior!

We have an extra reason for our isolation: Our oldest son who arrived from NYCity last Friday, came with a cough that deteriorated to include a fever. He has been quarantined in his bedroom upstairs since Monday morning with fevers ranging from 102.6 to 99.2, and they vary all day long. We have him eating an excellent diet, hydrating with water, hot lemonade, hot tea, an occasional cup of coffee and stuffing him full of my homemade Elderberry Cough Syrup, vitamin C, vitamin D (he is deficient; so many reasons to live down South!) and colloidal silver. The virus, whichever variety it is, doesn’t have a chance!
JD will not be allowed out of his room until he is 3 full days without a fever, not taking aspirin. Nurse Mom and Doctor Dad have spoken!

Enjoying the abundance of earthworms!

Dear Husband, Jeffrey and I are strong and active and refuse to get sick! But we are staying away from the rest of the world as not to be a carrier of whichever virus JD has.

#2 son Jeffrey dribbling his imaginary basketball. He has done this since he was about 4 years old and started playing basketball. #3 son James is just as bad except his imaginary ball is a soccer ball.


Muddy feet!

The hens are loving all the worms surfacing to escape the rain water. I actually saw a 12” long earthworm – even made DH come outside to see it!
The hens do have muddy feet which means dirty eggs in the nests.
I laid in a good supply of feed before the isolation so the girls will continue to be supplemented with feed and scratch.

The goats are getting rounder and rounder! Except Walter, he is getting bigger and thicker.
Yesterday one or more of the silly goats turned over one of the cans where I store their feed. They were eating to their heart’s content…until I drove into the wet pasture, slid really, and admonished them for their hijinks! Sissie was too busy trying to maa with a mouthful of feed to run!

To the top of the Need To Buy list: a rack for the galvanized feed cans!

Last September taking Walter to the vet for his check-up.

Walter was introduced to the nannies on September 25th. Kid gestation is 5 months or 150 days. They could start dropping kids anytime. If all goes as planned, and it rarely does, when kidding is finished there should be 15 little jumping baby goats doing acrobatic moves around the front pasture.
Once the 1st is born, Walter will be confined (I hope) to the central pasture until time to breed again. I may have to move him up top and let him eat brambles and briars near the house.

Mason and Dixon are enjoying Jeffrey and he them.

If anyone is looking for me, I’m in the kitchen! Ribs and baked beans. Beef (and goat, shh!) Stew with carrots and potatoes. Grilled Steak and boiled potatoes. Baked Chicken and wild rice salad. On and on. Now that I have prepared JD’s bacon and eggs, I am making Tuna Salad and Chicken Gumbo with rice for lunch. I haven’t cooked like this in years!

Continue in prayer on behalf of our church, our nation, our world. Stay strong – this too shall pass.

Tammi Hollis

RODAN+FIELDS Executive Consultant
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Egg Customer Letter 2/15/2020

February 17, 2020

Arrow’s Keep eggs for sale! Who needs eggs?
The hens evidently liked the rain and laid lots of eggs this week.

Snow in the pasture. I blame our pastor, Jim Bachmann. That man loves snow and at the first mention started praying…and being a preacher of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ who God loves very much, God listened to him! Thank You, Lord, for Pastor Jim and for the beautiful snow…and that the snow did not stay on the ground very long!

The hens survived all the rain and didn’t develop webbed feet, though I checked daily just in case.

It appears to me that all the young goats have been bred and maybe Joy and Dot. Heidi and GG are more difficult to discern. I’m thinking we should expect kids toward the end of May. Yippety-skippety! I love baby goats! They make me smile!

The big dogs are hunkered down in the doghouse this cold morning. Cocklebur-encrusted and dirty from all the mud around lately, they are warm and well-fed.

Jeffrey actually awakened at 7am our time this morning! WooHoo! Maybe he is finally adapting back to US time!

A fire in the fireplace. Sunshine coming through the windows with blue skies overhead. A warm cup of coffee in my hands. Time to finish my Bible study daily work!
Have a wonderful Saturday!

DH has given me a Caribbean Cruise for my upcoming birthday, so we will not be at church next week. If you want extra eggs, you might want to get them this week!


Tammi Hollis

RODAN+FIELDS Executive Consultant
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Egg Customer Letter 2/6/2020

February 7, 2020

Get them while you can! Jeffrey, otherwise known as #2 son, eats 6 every morning! He is tall and slender, proving that eggs are good for a body! Are you eating your farm-fresh eggs daily?
Who needs eggs this week?

Jeffrey saw us in the airport before we saw him, because when I finally caught a glimpse of this guy, he was smiling! I hugged and held and patted and hugged him again. I have not punched him in the nose…it’s such a pretty nose, looks like his Dad’s. I even remember when Jeffrey’s beautiful nose was broken – in a high school basketball game by a Brentwood Academy player caught him with an elbow, then the ref called a foul on Jeffrey! I was so mad! Don’t even get me started!

Oh, farm news… It’s wet and chilly and muddy and cruddy. The hens liked the warmer weather and produced a few extra eggs this week. I also increase their protein with top-dressing yeast powder. They love that! The hens were feasting on worms yesterday since the rain and warm weather forced them to the surface.

The goats are fat and sassy and always wanting to be petted, but mostly want to be fed!
I am still not sure which does have been bred. Other farms are already enjoying newborn kids. I’m thinking we won’t have any until sometime in late April. At least the kids won’t freeze when Mama Goat delivers them without my interference if they deliver in April.

Jeffrey met the big dogs when he exited the car Tuesday night. He was surprised by their calm gentleness and not pleased at the wet fur and cockleburs. He loves on Moxie Kitty many times a day. He named Moxie before she was born 15 years ago. He saw the goats and hens yesterday on a walk in the rain and is still adjusting to travel fatigue.

Let me know if you want eggs!

Tammi Hollis

RODAN+FIELDS Executive Consultant
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Not Playing Possum!

January 31, 2020

Monday evening, when I returned from Maury County Chorale rehearsal, a big possum was trying to enter the chicken coop, but ran under the barn before I could run over it with my Prius & I didn’t have a gun with me. Glad I didn’t slam the car into the barn! DH would not have been pleased.

I used the heavy rake to carry it to the house for disposal. I would leave it out for the buzzards, but the pups would get it, drag it back to the house & ugh!

I locked the coop up tight on Tuesday evening & saw no evidence of the possum, but made sure the doors were locked & the electric fence on.
Wednesday I had to leave the farm earlier than usual for errands ahead of choir practice. I locked the coop when I returned, about 9:30 at night after hearing the hens breathing & ‘purring’, thinking all was well.

Weird back paws.

When I opened the coop Thursday morning, there was a pile of scat in the coop: not chicken poop, some other animal’s poop. Quietly, slowly I peeked into the nesting boxes & oh my goodness! A possum was sleeping with evidence of its egg-stealing in all the nesting boxes!

Front paws more normal looking.

I ran to the house for a gun, ran back to the coop… Ever see a woman run as fast as she can in big muck boots? I was a sight to behold. The dogs thought I was playing & ran with me. Thanks, guys. At least I got my cardio in for the day!
…stepped back inside the coop & sent that possum to eternity! My ears are still ringing! When I grabbed my 9mm, I was in such a hurry I did not put on my ear-protectors. Oops!
By the way, I love my Sig!

Not a gentle wild creature that only eats ticks, thus providing a service to mankind! Yes, they do provide a service, but when they come into my territory to threaten my critters, curtains!

He was a good-size possum. See those teeth? Glad he ate eggs but not chickens!
Now for the question – WHERE WERE THE DOGS? Their job is to protect farm critters!
I called the pups once I parked the car in the garage Wednesday night, but they were ranging the property & nowhere to be found. Hmm… They are shirking their duty & it cost me a bunch of eggs!

It is time for me to get a Terrier! I have missed my Lucy since she went to sleep & it’s time for the big dogs to learn what home/farm security looks like!
So, if you know anyone with small Terrier pups due in the next month, please let me know!
Lu was a Cairn Terrier, but I will consider all smaller Terriers.

Email To Our Farm-Keeper

January 17, 2020

Another gray day, Em, but at least it isn’t cold!
I am going to leave the chicken coop open so you don’t need to rush over tomorrow.
I cleaned the roost this morning, my least favorite job on the farm. Ugh! Stinky! Core work for me! Good fertilizer for the coming Spring.
Beware – I opened the door into the coop and thought all the hens were dead…with all the rain they had decided to dirt-bathe inside. Holes under the straw!
There are 2 bags of feed in the 1st can. There are scratch and meal worms – yum! in the 2nd can. Just a few meal worms if you want or forget the worms and just toss the scratch, which they love and need if the temps are really going to drop. I dug up some of the spent feed in the run near the feed can. Stinky mess but interesting watching them attack the fermented grain residue.
Please be sure the water founts and outside bucket are full. They are eating high protein , which seems to have finally solved the molt problem, and crave the water. (Take care turning the toggle at the faucet – one toggle broke off and left raw metal.)
The rubber hammer is just inside the little barn on the floor in case the hen fence goes down. “Fence off. Hammer at the base of the fence post. Fence on.”
Goatses are fat and sassy! You may have issues getting into and out of the pasture in the pick-up due to the rain. I slip/slid into and out yesterday. They don’t have to be fed. I left 2 bales of fresh hay with them on Monday.
The red bucket is inside one of the cans. It kept blowing off and getting wet.
I will put a box of raisins inside the truck for you. They haven’t had any lately…BEWARE! They LOVE their raisins, especially Joy, and Jolly, and Dot, and Sweetie, and … you get the picture. (If you don’t drive in, the goats will come up to you at the swing – raisin them there… No getting the pick-up stuck, which is good. They won’t starve.)
Big guys celebrated their 4th birthday yesterday. They are covered with cockleburs. . I am filling their heated water bowls and outside food pans when I finish this email. The coming cold will prevent the garage door from being propped open for them, but they know where to go to stay warm and dry.
Moxie is a sweet kitty as always. She has a new bag of dry food atop the egg frig. With the garage doors closed, she will be able to eat without the dogs stealing her food! Whoopie! If you will, give her 2 or 3 scoops of dry and half a can of wet food. That should keep her satisfied.
That’s about it!
Thanks so much!