Monday, July 25, 2016

Chicks

Another batch of free rangers followed their momma out in public this afternoon.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Warty Pumpkin

We had a bit of a challenge with marking the plants this year...but this chiogga is unique enough to be unmistakeable.  I find it quite beautiful..especially its pre-rioe coloring

Monday, July 18, 2016

Empty nesters

Tiffany's last day was yesterday so we are back to doing everything ourselves for the next month or so until the next interns come it. We thank her for all the help and wish her good luck finishing her degree! #livevicariously

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Freedom

Independence Day for the pea fowl! We finally turned Watson and her 4 chicks loose from the brooder cage. They've been flying all over the place enjoying their newfound freedom. #peacocks #growyourown

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Owl

We lost a half dozen hens over the last heat wave that saw temps in the hundred and teens and we even found this poor fellow in the back 40. We didn't touch him for fear of bringing some sickness back to our chickens and/or the $10,000 fine for possessing any part of a bird of prey but some coyote probably got a nice meal. #owl #heatwave

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Adoption

So we have a first-freshening doe named Ginger  who was due on the 22nd. On the 25th after showing no signs of labor she started bleeding and had unsuccessful contractions for a couple hours. Then she stopped again. A few hours later we decided to help her along and found a stillborn girl pretzelled up inside her. Christy did an expert job of manipulating the fetus and getting it out. We're talking elbow deep here. Anyway, as we said, it was already gone so another lost girl, it's always a girl it seems.

Then Mike had the idea of grabbing the week-old abandoned sheep we had been bottle feeding and trying to make the best of the situation. He rubbed the birthing goo from the stillborn all over the little sheep and the doe's nose. Wouldn't you know it, they took to each other like ducks to water!

Ginger passed another stillborn girl shortly after (of course another girl) so it was a day of significant loss to the herd but at least she gets to learn to be a mother and we no longer have to bottle feed the little sheep. The two are inseparable now and both seem to be healthy. #mininubian #hairsheep #fromanuthamutha #silverlinings

Monday, June 27, 2016

Shed

There's a Ruckus under there somewhere. #Anatolianshepherds #livestockguardiandogs