Republished from 8/1/11….
Anybody who has a dog or a cat knows that when you have pets it can be hard to get away for a little vacation once a year. Unless it’s a dog that you can take with you, arrangements will have to be made either at a boarding facility or with a friend or family member who can care for your pet until you return.
But imagine how this problem is compounded when you have chickens and a milk goat to find care for. The needs of these animals are a little more complicated. You can’t put them in a boarding facility. And you can’t let your friend take them to their house for a few days. Well, not unless they have a farm of their own and a trailer, and even then it isn’t practical to load up a couple dozen chickens to transport! No. These animals have to stay on location, and they require daily (even twice daily) care.
Finding a farm sitter can be nearly impossible. And if you are blessed with a willing vessel, if you have a milk cow or goat, you’ll still need for that person to know how to properly milk.
I say all of this because this has been our dilemma. We wanted to get away for a weekend, but didn’t know ANYBODY who could farm sit for us. But after I sent out an SOS message on my personal facebook page, I was blessed to have a couple of friends respond with an offer to help. I could hardly believe it! And one of them even has a milk goat of her own, so she knows the deal. How great is that?!
We were so blessed by the willing hearts of our friends to help us out… those willing to learn to milk a goat just to give us a break, and those offering to drive a good distance each day in order to be of some assistance. But in the end, our dear neighbors have offered to care for the homestead while we’re gone. They’ve had milk goats in the past, and they own chickens, so they know how to go about things here.
In exchange, we’re happy to let them keep all of the milk they get for themselves, and the eggs they collect, and any garden produce that comes in while we’re gone. Though I wish it could be more. What a blessing to have people willing to lend a helping hand.
If you know somebody who has farm animals, consider the blessing you would be by offering your help so these people can get away for a couple of days. The work isn’t really that hard, and you’re more than likely to be compensated with delicious, fresh foods.
So, this weekend we’re heading to the beach for a little R&R. It’ll be fun for the kids in particular. My family has a house within walking distance from the beach, and we are blessed to be able to stay there pretty much whenever we want.
I’m gonna be EXTRA busy this week making sure everything is good here before we leave. I’ll be so ready for a break by Friday!
Do you have a faithful farm sitter? How do you get away for a little vacation?
A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.