Howdy, everyone! Welcome back for the second day of Healthy Hearts, Hooves, and Hocks camp. This morning started with the flag ceremony, lead by the yellow peppers. Next, it was time for animal chores.
The orange peppers went to the lower barn to milk the goats, and replace their food and water. They also shoveled pens and swept the barn floor. The goats really appreciate having a clean home!
The red peppers harvested so many golden tomatoes in the garden today! These along with other fresh produce will be for sale on Friday at our camp farmstand. The peppers also helped gardener Danyal move mulch.
The green peppers spent time with the baby chicks. They held each chick and watched them interact with each other. They also said hello to Clover, the rabbit!
Natalie, the vet, stopped by to talk to campers about the importance of choosing the right food for an animal. Campers discussed nutritional needs and how they vary from animal to animal. Lastly, the peppers began making treats for the chickens to eat. The ingredients included oats, corn, mealworms, and molasses. The peppers will feed these to the chickens later this week!
In Garden Kitchen, campers made oat bites and zucchini pizzas. They used fresh zucchini from the garden in this recipe, which made it even tastier! If you want to make either of these at home, follow the recipe card below.
Campers learned that cows have a stomach with four chambers called a ruminant. During the ruminant bucket activity, they experienced what each chamber feels like. After they reached inside each bucket, the peppers tried to put them in the correct digestive order.
Campers listened to Cowgirl the horse's resting heart rate. Then they watched as she trotted and cantered around the arena. After she exercised, they retook her heart rate. The peppers noticed that her heart rate was higher after exercise than when she was at rest. They discussed why this might be and why it is important to know!
That's a wrap on day two of Healthy Hearts, Hooves, and Hocks camp! Thanks for joining us and we can't wait to see you back here tomorrow.