Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Chick update

Here are some pics of the chicks at one and a half weeks old. They are growing wing and tail feathers.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Pics of Gretchen's kid

Oh, yeah, the eggs started hatching on Saturday, and I have 13 baby Ameracauna chicks so far. More eggs are pipped and may hatch today or tonight.

Last baby goat born yesterday

Megan decided to have her baby while we were gone yesterday. Deb took her daughter to see the baby goats and baby chicks and called me to tell me about the new kid. Luna (our Great Pyr LGD) decided with Gretchen's kid that she needed to protect the kids from their mothers, and that's exactly what she did with Megan's. Deb moved Megan and kid to the small pen away from Luna and the others so they could settle down and get to know each other. It didn't take long before the kid was nursing and everything was fine.

BTW, it's another buckling...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Second baby goat!

Gretchen had her baby yesterday, and I can almost guarantee that Megan will be having her's TODAY. Of course, it's another buckling...hoping that Megan has a doeling! No pics yet, I'll take some tonight. I think that Luna decided to protect the baby from his own mother, so I moved Gretchen and son into the small pen so they could bond and he could figure out how to nurse from that GIGANTIC udder. This is Gretchen's third kid, and her udder is out of control. He did figure it out and seems fine. Updates to follow...

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Finally, a baby goat!!! Yay!!!

This week was spring break for Katie, so she and I took a trip to Huntington Beach State Park in SC with Jennifer and Corrie. I just KNEW at least one baby would come while we were gone! Martha had a beautiful buckling on Wednesday 4/6/2011. We've decided to name him "Phantom" because he reminds me of Phantom of the Opera!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Our newest goat

We have acquired a new goat! Thanks to Ashleigh in Comer! Her name is Willow and she is a Nigerian Dwarf. Hopefully Ben can take care of business so we will have babies and milk in August, but it's awfully late in the breeding season. We'll have to wait and see. Our plans are to hand milk her for family milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, and maybe even some butter. She's such a super friendly goat, she actually prefers to hang out with people over her fainting goat pasture mates. She's a fun goat to have around, and we're really enjoying having her.

Luna is growing up. She doesn't look like a puppy anymore! She'll be a year old in April. She likes to put her front paws up on the gate to say hi to me and she's eye level with me now. And talk about fluff! She is one furry dog. She enjoys guarding her goats, and she does a good job at it.
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Yet another rabbit!

I let the dogs out this morning on my way to Katie's room to wake her for school. As I walked through the house, I could hear Lucy the dachshund's high pitched hunting bark. I thought to myself, please let that NOT be a skunk... Katie was not feeling like waking up, so I decided to go let the dogs in to help me. I got to the back door and there was Alex the Greyhound proudly displaying his brand new bunny! He was so proud of himself and REALLY wanted to bring it in the house. The poor thing was still alive, and I wasn't going to have a repeat of the last rabbit (running through the house and hiding behind the toilet --- yikes!), so I put on some shoes and slipped out the door. Alex wasn't TOO offended when I grabbed the thing by it's hind legs and made him spit it out. I opened the gate and set it on the ground, and it raced off before I had the gate latched back. Poor Alex ran up and down the fence line watching his bunny run away.
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