Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Bed and Breakfast at Eight!

The goal of life is living in agreement with Nature.
                                     Zeno of Citium


I sit here looking out the kitchen window watching My Hero repairing the boards on the back of the drive shed, I know it had to be repaired but I loved the way the old weathered boards popped out and curled like a beautiful piece of art abandoned. I will miss that unique character, now replaced with new non-weathered boards. I know it had to be done but it will be missed nonetheless.

Well I had an exciting find while meandering through the bush the other day with “Leo” wrapped around my neck, I had seen where the Cows had bedded down for the night in the thickest part of the Cedar bush during the snowstorm last week. They had been all huddled in the same area nice and comfortable and warm, sheltered by the Cedar canopy above their heads. The shapes of their bodies now melted and exposing the grass below. They knew that in the morning I would be delivering nice fresh hay for breakfast and they had nothing to worry about. Always waiting out the storm knowing room service with a smile would be there at 8 AM regardless of the weather. I could see some imprints on the other side of the rail fence. NDF's fence, I had to climb over and see what it was.


Just as I suspected about four Deer had bedded down for the night. I could see how their warm little bodies had melted the snow down about a foot, to the little bits of dried brown grass. I could see how they had curled up and kept warm in the storm that passed through and left more snow for them to struggle through. There was a huddle of three and then one just off to the side by itself. I like to think of that one as the lookout. I had seen the lone Coyote tracks coming from the barnyard and roaming through the bush. Deer always have one that is watching while the others sleep or eat. I have noticed this over the years. I am sure that is for protection.



The Deer had probably not gone to the ridge to sleep as they usually do because it was very windy and branches from those Century Maple trees have been falling to the ground. Imagine how much sleep you would be getting back there. The noise not to mention the danger of one falling on them would be high. I have come to the conclusion that Deer are very intelligent and we could learn a lot from them. It is warm and sheltered from the wind here in the Pines. The perfect place to wait out the storm, somewhere I would not mind sleeping if I had too.


 Unlike our Cows with that room service coming at 8 the Deer have to find their own breakfast and this has been difficult with all the deep snow. I can see where they have been nibbling on the brown grass that was exposed after their bodies melted the snow while they slept in the night. Deer do not eat hay unless they are desperate. 

One year when the snow was very deep we watched them nibble at the bales of hay with our cows. You know that it is very bad when you see this. There is usually too many Deer, too much snow and the Deer are starving. You will see the Cedars usually with the bark chewed high on the tree. This is unfortunately when we find Deer carcass scattered and the ground covered with blood always near a fence corner. The Coyotes or Wolves who are also finding it hard to survive and are opportunists will run that starving Deer through the deep snow until it collapses from exhaustion and cannot jump that last fence. I have only come upon two of these scenes in my time here on the farm, and it is something you will never forget. Nature is its own regulator and it is a cruel world sometimes.


I followed the Deer tracks heading over to a melted patch of ground under a Pine grove, I am pretty sure this is where the Deer found their breakfast. Too bad the Deer do not have room service at 8 AM. Lucky Cows.

Later.

38 comments:

  1. Your last line and last picture really made me smile. Those deer are survivors and I especially hope the three you speak of make it through to the spring.

    That first picture is amazing~

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  2. Beautifully thoughtful Buttons...and a reminder that Nature is red in tooth and claw.

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  3. Oh I do love your weathered and curled fence too. Glad you have a snapshot of it.

    Deer really are amazing. My daughter and I just watched two of them yesterday.

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  4. Now our horses are gone retired to a friends, the Deer coming closer up to the barn in the Spring. Love seeing them out there.

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  5. How neat that you found the deer resting place. Horses do the same thing - one stands watch while the others rest.

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  6. Nature is not a warm and fuzzy friend. Lucky cows indeed. Then again, the deer don't end up in a slaughter house.

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  7. oh b, i always worry about the deer in winter, where they sleep, if they get enough food!!

    really nice pictures today, looks like leo is preforming nicely!!

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  8. Room service with a smile...I like that! Lucky cows!

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  9. Great pic of the drive shed, but if/since it is a working shed, it's far better and safer to have it fixed up. Now the trick will be for you to use the old wood that was removed, to make something with...picture frames, furniture...etc.

    And deer are TASTY!

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  10. We do see where the deer had bedded down in our woods from time to time too. I love the wood but I'm glad it's being repaired.

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  11. The deer near here seem to be doing very well this year...but they don't have room service either. Your cows are indeed lucky!

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  12. Lucky cows... Love the last photo. I too think you should use the old boards to make something. A planter box maybe? Or a shelf?

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  13. last winter we found a deer "settle" just 50 feet from our barn! We had a lot of field corn the harvester had left behind very close by- they just ate and decided to stay the night!
    Your Herefords look very healthy.

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  14. Thanks for this truthful look into your world.

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  15. Lucky Cows Indeed!
    We keep a deer feeder full of corn for the deer, doves, squirrels, racoons and other "varmits" that come along. We have a camera facing it and we get the funniest pictures! One racoon had his face so close to the camera we could only see his eyes.
    Great post as usual!
    Stay warm! xo Cindy

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  16. and - lucky all of us to know we can learn about these things from you - a terrific post - I thank you. love & love, -g-

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  17. I agree with you about the weathered boards!! At least you know there are more weathered boards on one of the other buildings...
    I am doing all right. Good days and bad. Right now, I am waiting for the wind to die down a bit so I can go to the library and Farm Boy - what do you need, other than more books and some veggies???

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  18. Lucky cows indeed! I didn't know deers wouldn't eat hay.

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  19. your cows are very lucky, indeed. :)

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  20. Nature can be very cruel sometimes. It makes me sad, but there has to be the order to things I suppose. Love the photos :) Your new header is really nice, too!

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  21. Lovely post and photos ! Yes nature can be both cruel and kind !I saw a Nature Of Things program just this past week that in Ontario they have discovered there are Coywolve's , part wolf and part Coyote . Have a good day !

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  22. B-when we lived in Western NY the deer would bed down in our backyard-right in the middle of flower beds. Knowing our yard was a sanctuary was much more rewarding than trying to get anything to grow in the less than hospitable ground. The deer were one of my favorite things about living there:)

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  23. This is a beautiful essay on the ways of nature. You give such a thoughtful description of what you saw and what it meant to you. I just followed along with you!

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  24. Very lucky cows..maybe the'll leave a bit for the deer next time

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  25. makes me feel sad for the deer..poor things!

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  26. We threw some hay out for the deer a couple of years ago when they were so poor looking you could count their ribs. They never touched it, thanks for the explanation. What a neat thing for you to find where they had bedded down and, hopefully, found a little breakfast! :)

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  27. What time did you say breakfast was? 8am? Sounds like a good BB&B to me.
    (Buttons Bed and Breakfast) Hugs Sue

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  28. the cows are very lucky indeed to have a room service breakfast like that:)

    I love deer, and have always worried about them freezing/being too cold in a snow. It's too bad that there isn't such a thing as a 'deer barn' for them that they would feel safe in, but I know better.

    Nature is glorious, and yes, survival is hard, and being the prey hard too.

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  29. You always have such sweet things to say...and so many fans who love to read your words.

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  30. Sounds like the cows have it good!

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  31. I'm afraid our deer do get room service at 5:00 pm every evening. It is a cold world out there.

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  32. I'm afraid I'd be tempted to put food out for the deer. Probably not the best thing to do in the long run, but still...

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  33. Just reading your blog makes me miss living in the country so much. It's where I grew up..
    I don't think you can take the country out of the girl..they are right about that.

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  34. Ohhhh…I'd love to be where there was snow..and deer.

    Beautiful.

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  35. I LOVE your cow, and your fence is charming. Love weathered wood.

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  36. It is sad to think of the weak, starving deer being chased by wolves or coyotes. Can you put out corn or something for them? Just wondering. Your cows are very fortunate to have you feeding them so consistently.

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  37. Yes, very lucky cows. Nature is often about survival of the fittest.

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