Sunday, April 6, 2014

April Updates!

Hello, blogsphere! Haven't been around in a while. Life just keeps on going, whether or not you are posting regularly on your blog. Lots of stuff has been happening this spring. Here's the sitch.

Penny, Lucy and Willow continue to expand. I gave them udder trims the other day so I could see any udder changes easily. Closer to their due dates I will give them a more drastic shave, on the legs, tail and around the vulva. (Visit my Kidding page to see due dates and such.)

We got nine Muscovy ducks. Four hens and five drakes. Soon some of the boys will be meeting the business end of a knife and we will see how duck tastes fresh from the farm! I am eager to re-learn butchering. The last time I did, it was a few years ago and a chicken, I've never done a duck before.

 Jellybean has become the sweetest little goat ever. Any time I go into the pen, she's glomming herself all over me. She likes having her cheeks scratched very much and who am I to say no to her? She's the cutest, tiniest goat around.

We have seedlings started. Tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, melons, onions, and probably some other stuff.  

My dad and I started building a cold frame to grow lettuce. It was going to be a surprise for my mom but my loose lipped sister came downstairs to see what we were doing and we told her it was a completely different thing, because we knew she couldn't keep a secret, but then she told our mom anyway and then mom came down and it was a whole big thing. But anyway! Cold frame! Cool stuff.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Lucy the Goofball Goat

I think Lucy is a bit of a goof, don't you?
 In three or so months, she's going to have her babies. I remember last year when Penny had her, she was the cutest baby ever! She even had a trick, you could bend one of your legs and hold your arms out, and then she'd take a running leap, jump onto your leg and the scramble into your arms. It was adorable. She's not that tiny little kid anymore though! She's going to be a mom soon. My baby is growing up :)

Friday, February 28, 2014

A Bit More Then They Can Chew

1). Wow, two blog posts, two days in a row? I feel so accomplished. Maybe I'll finally start blogging more regularly.

2). I've been taking care of my friends horses and goats, and it just so happens, that they are the very same friend I sold Cinnamon and Sugar too! Of course, when they lived here, Sugar's name was Stella, but they changed it to go with Cinnamon and I thought it was such a cute pair of names I wished that I had thought of it. So when I go over today, I'll take some pictures!!


3). Quinoa had a miscarriage, probably caused by being headbutted in the side. I was terribly upset, because it was her first baby and it's just a sad situation all around. Then, the placenta didn't detach, and I had to call a vet to come give her antibiotics so she wouldn't get an infection. He gave her two shots, and gave me a large syringe of Penicillin, so I could give 2ccs everyday for five days. She's doing very well now, you wouldn't even guess that anything had happened.

4). As goaty due dates approach (well, they still have three more months, but that IS closer then it was like, a month ago) I get so excited about baby goats and taking pictures of baby goats and just, you know, BABY GOATS. 

5). It needs to stop being freezing cold. For the last four or five days, it's been hovering around 10F which sucks, to be perfectly honest. My goats are not happy with me for keeping them locked up all day, but they'd be less happy if I put them out in the cold. 
Come on, Spring!


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Obstreperous Geese

Obstreperous, adjective. Unruly, turbulent, noisy. 

I think that fits geese pretty well. Even when they are in midair.

Rurality Blog Hop #52
Black Fox Homestead
Jenny Matlock

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Birds of a Feather

So many birds! They've been flocking to the feeders and in thanks, they let me take pictures of them :)
Female Cardinal

Male Cardinal

Male Hairy Woodpecker

Black Capped Chickadee

Flock of Wrens

Morning Dove

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Darling Junco

There was a Junco fluttering about while I did chores this morning. He was looking for corn scattered about by the chickens, but I don't think they left any for him! Luckily, him and his friends know there are bird feeders in the backyard.

Also, Willow was in heat today. Her and Prince were very enthusiastic and we should have a very busy second week of May! Quinoa is the only doe left to breed (besides Jellybean who is too young), and then we just have a five month wait for babies. Visit the Kidding Schedule page to see the full agenda :)



Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Chilly Weather and Chats on the Farmhouse Porch

It's been freezing here the past couple days... I think we may have gotten up to 20F yesterday, but that's the highest it's been for a while! We got the first substantial snow of the year, around three inches.
I named the buck Prince, after the singer.
Penny deals with the cold by getting super fluffy!
You can't really tell how big Lucy's gotten from this picture, but she is way bigger then Quinoa, who is four months older!
Look at that little fluffy butt! She's such  big sweetie.
Jellybean was born in July, so this was her first snow. She wasn't sure about it at first, but she couldn't care less now :P

Have you baked any Christmas cookies yet?
Yes :) Baking is big in our house. We always make a ton of cookies for my Grandpa's Christmas present.Have you finished your shopping yet? And what did you get me?
I don't really do shopping. My family does Secret Santa so we don't have to buy a present for every single person. I already got the present for my Secret Santa, though. Wendall, I got you carrots of course!If you had reindeer like the story of Santa, what would you name them. (Be creative.) Remember, they were Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolf. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, go on to the next question, please.
Ditsy, Donkey, Poodles, Foxy, Star, Heart, Party, Ritz and Raquel. What was the most memorable Christmas gift you ever gave or received?
Well I'm totally blanking right now, so apparently none! I do like getting myself goats :)Please tell me something new, interesting, or funny. Also, Wendell could use some encouraging words to feel better- just saying. :) 
New... Lucy was bred two days ago and Uhura was bred today, so hopefully we'll have new babies in May! Penny was also bred on Saturday. Babies are the best! Wendall, think of all the carrots you are missing out on! You have to get better so you can eat them :) I hope you feel better.