Things you learn when you're a farm kid April 04, 2016 22:25

Pheasant Plucker & Son's blog - 7 things you know if you're a farm kid. Photo of a small boy in dungarees

Spending your childhood on a farm is a really special education and the knowledge and skills you learn stay with you for the rest of your life.

You're not at all fussy about getting caked from head to toe in mud but you know how to sterilise calves' milk (this comes in handy years later when making up baby formula in the middle of the night); you can count a field of moving sheep and you can open a bale of straw so that the bale-a-band pulls through easily.

There are rules that on the face of it aren't rules at all - they're just a way of life. If you're going to swing on a five bar gate, do it properly. To avoid a bollocking, make sure you swing on it by its hinges where it's strongest. And whilst we're on the subject of getting told off - always, always, always take your wellies off at the back door. Don't even think about tramping straw and dirt in.

Farm kids can build a campfire in two shakes of a lamb's tail. This comes in handy in the teenage years as it provides perfect cover for when you start smoking. Just don't do it near a haystack on a hot summer's day. (YES, YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE).
Pheasant Plucker and Son's blog on 7 things you know if you're a farm kid. A photo of a small boy filling a car up with petrol

You can confidently drive a car by the time you're 10. But you realise when you're 17 that actually driving one on the road is a whole different ball game.

Photo of a boy feeding a lamb

It's awesome to have loads of pets - dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, sheep, goats, ponies, ferrets, mice, chickens - they all make great friends.... but be careful. Sometimes animals die for seemingly no good reason at all and you have to learn to deal with it. 

Falling off a haystack really, really hurts.

And finally, nature is amazing and if you can tear yourself away from driving round fields or lighting fires and learn to sit quietly and patiently, you sometimes get to see incredible things. Fox cubs playing at dusk, barn owls hunting, lambs being born, a foal's first steps. There's nothing like it.