Wednesday, March 28, 2012

That's My Girl

Now that's an udder!!
I Love my goats. Individually they are all special. Just some are more special than others. My milking does command my attention. But they return all of it and more.

Choe is Mary's daughter. We purchased Mary and Chloe from a family in Vass, NC. Chloe is a 3rd freshener. Which means that this is her 3rd pregnancy. This year she had triplets. (2 bucks and a doe)

Every morning she hops up on the milk stand and waits for her breakfast.

I am not really surprised by the size of Chloe's udder - after all she is Mary's (my #1 milker) daughter.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Life is Good

Ol Timey ready to throw some dirt!!
I know that my husband and I are a source of amusement for the farmers around here. Seems we don't do things quite by the book.

Who in their right mind would purchase a 1939 Ford Tractor.

We would!! We bought our tractor from a little old farmer in Burlington, North Carolina.

He used it everyday to run around his fields.

Chloe's doeling Velvet relaxing in the warm sun.

When my husband dies he says that he wants to come back as one of my pets.

I agree!!

One of the Barred Rock/White Leghorn mix chickens. 

Monday, March 19, 2012

And I Thought I Saw It All!

My husband and I burn our pastures in preparation for Summer. We get rid of all the leftover grasses (now 3 feet tall and very dry). Grass grows almost overnight in the field.

Today when I was out walking I noticed something sinister in the middle pasture.

2 feet of razor sharp spines running the length of the leaves with a yellow thistle like flower atop - nearly the size of a softball.

Seems it's called (of all things) Yellow Thistle.

Too dangerous for the goats.

It's gone tomorrow - today I am amazed.

Feed me Seymour!!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Kids Gone Wild

This kidding season has been very fruitful. Mary had triplets (2 bucks and a doe), Chloe had triplets (2 bucks and a doe), Fiesty had twins (2 does) and little Frosty had a single (buck). Since the weather has been quite nice, all the momma goats have left the babies on their own. I think the mom's really needed to catch a break.

Flowering (5 finger) crab apple
and Ol' Timey in the background
Hey John - this ones for you

Friday, March 16, 2012

Chicken Trivia

Amerucana eggs in the incubator.
Did you know that Mama Chickens turn the eggs their sittin' on at least 50 times in one day so that the embryo doesn't stick to the shell.

I am WAY TOO busy to even attempt that! But I do turn them every morning and again in the evening.

I love the olive colored eggs. Those are 1/2 Amerucana
This batch was started on Sunday March 11th. It takes 21 days for them to hatch. So that means on April 1st they should start to hatch.

Amerucana chickens also called "Easter Eggers" since they lay a blue tinged and pale pink egg.
For real!!