Sunday, December 29, 2013

Indiana Jones and the Lost Sheep.

Indiana Jones earns his keep. Last night just before dark I walked by the bedroom window and much to my surprise what did I see on the hillside outside the fence but our 4 wild pregnant sheep! Apparently, I left the gate unlatched when I let Nella out for dinner and the ewes decided to make a break for it. After 20 minutes of hopelessly trying to guide them back, I brought an eager young Jones out and just said "go get 'em. " Incredibly, he ran a wide circle out to the far side of them and walked them straight back into their pen! I couldn't believe how his natural instincts kicked in and he did exactly what was asked of him. At 7 months, he is still quite young for official training but I think he will definitely be ready when the time comes. #herdingdogs #bordercollies #priceless

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Friday, December 27, 2013

Frankie Blue Eyes

Clarice has some competition for favorite goat! We brought Frankie home Tuesday and she is as sweet as a puppy dog. Very social, leash trained and pretty as a peach. Eyewitness reports that she may be preggers too. #nigeriandwarf #ranchlife

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Gimme shelter

The goats were eager to test out the new pallet shelter/gym. #dyi #reclaimed #multipurpose

Wednesday, December 25, 2013


Merry Christmas! Looks like we are ready for some serious star gazing here at the ranch. #nonoisepollution #astronomy

Tuesday, December 24, 2013


Meet Roger, our new nigerian dwarf buck. He's already making the girls swoon with those baby blues! #herecomesthestork #babygoats

Monday, December 23, 2013

Fancy rooster

Here's a young rooster with some fancy coloring. He was thrown in with our maran order but I'm not sure exactly what he is with those white legs. Probably a cross. #backyardchickens #ranchlife

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Ruckused again

Ruckus likes to remind me that I should always put my tools away at the end of the day. #destructivecriticism #raisingaruckus #destroyerofworlds

Saturday, December 21, 2013


Somewhere in this barnyard walks a very sore chicken...  #backyardchickens #whobroughttheostrichhome

Friday, December 20, 2013


We are up to approximately 500 chill hours already! Even the apple trees are going dormant. #backyardorchard #promisingharvest #nature

Monday, December 16, 2013

9 months

9 months old day after tomorrow and over 100 lbs already. #raisingaruckus #sweetrizzo #Anatolianshepherds

Friday, December 13, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


This young black copper maran rooster is really starting to get some nice coloring. #backyardchickens #ranchlife

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Unlikely companions

Scout has a BFF (best feathered friend) that she hangs out with and grooms on occasion. #unlikelycompanions #shelties #jerseygiants

Morning chores

With temps in the teens, it's nice to come in from chores to a nice hot bahh-tte mocha.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Food plot

It's actually supposed to rain tonight so I thought I should take advantage and get my food plot in the ground. First I lowered the rippers on the box scraper and sod busted. Then I hooked up the rotohog (a little undersized but will work for now) and tilled it under. Next i filled the hopper with barley set the spreader to the right drop rate. Last, I lowered the culti-packer attachment and tamped the soil for better germination. Now if the weather cooperates there will be plenty of munchies for the deer and hogs right under the deluxe tree stand I plan to build in that tree. #foodplots #farming #johndeere

Thursday, December 5, 2013


21 degrees here at the ranch this morning. That's california cold. The leaves on the mulberry trees turned black overnight. Just about everything else is already dormant with nice fuzzy buds ready for spring like this Double Delight nectarine.#backyardorchard #stonefruit #thisbudsforyou

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


Mike's new invention... A cage to haul our livestock auction treasures that breaks down flat when not in use. The liftgate even comes down to make a step.#ingenuity #ranchlife #ifionlyhadawelder — atVicarious Ranch.

First frost

The hens had to break ice to get a drink this morning. #winterishere #frostonthepumpkin #ranchlife

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Ruckus actually earned his keep today. #dairygoats #livestockguardiandogs #Anatolianshepherds #ranchlife

Monday, December 2, 2013


A housewarming horseshoe above every door catches good luck for us. #pleasebringrain #thanksmo

Tempie and Fifi

We try and make it to the local animal auction on the first Sunday of each month.   There is a lot of livestock that comes through, but we mostly watch and seldom buy.  Buying at auction isn't always the bargain it seems. Many times people use the auction to sell off sick, old, lame or infertile animals.  Many are to be purchased for slaughter. 
When we arrived we immediately noticed these two ewes.  They looked really healthy, clear eyes, clean noses and trimmed hooves.  The fellow who brought then to auction was there and told us that he had purchased them for slaughter with a large herd and soon realized they were bred. So for obvious reasons, he pulled them and brought them to auction instead. 
We had a maximum price in mind and thankfully the bidding didn't go above it.  So, short story long, we have two new pregnant ewes, bringing our herd to four.

Sunday, December 1, 2013


Our sheep are settling in but are still a bit skittish.  Millie is the braver of the two but still has her panic moments.  Yesterday I brought some beets, roasted pumpkin and pear trimmings to the chickens and Millie was gobbling them up. Apparently she enjoys the occasional treat.  I'm hoping to get her confident enough to eat from my hand without fear.

We've got plenty of time!