Movies like Bambi can give folks lots of misunderstandings–and I’m not talking about hunting either. Except maybe in a really roundabout way.
I’m talking about being twitterpatted.
For Flower (the skunk) and Thumper (the rabbit) and even for stodgy old Owl, Valentine’s Day in February makes sense. But for Bambi and Feline? Eh…not so much. Deer, like other ruminants, (like sheep!) fall in “love” in the Fall. This means they have their young in the spring–right when the most nutrients and resources are becoming available. And then those young have the whole rich spring, summer, and fall to grow, put on weight, and get ready to face their first winter–their first season of struggle.
Movie drama aside, this actually makes a lot more sense than “love” in the spring, babies at the end of summer, and trying to care for little ones through the winter.
Which is all to say that it’s breeding season here at The Lowe Farm!
Our big ram, Tiberius, is out there manning his post. Taking care of business. Earning his keep. Doing his once-a-year duty. He’s not as…um…enthusiastic as our old ram, Ozzie, was. (We still have holes in the fence from his mindless devotion to duty!) But he gets his job done.
It’s a beautiful time of year to visit the farm. The weather is lovely. The animals are all fat and healthy. (Some of them quite fat!) Everyone’s a little friendlier from getting grain treats now and then.
I just wanted to let you know that if you come out to visit–YES, they are doing what you think they’re doing. You might want to lay any necessary groundwork with your family before you get here. Some things just can’t be explained by talking about birds and bees.
And if you don’t explain it first, believe me, one of our crew will!