Monday, March 31, 2014

Jail bird

Watson got rabbit in her blood and decided to take a vacation. After two days on the run, she was captured down at the neighbor's place so now she will need to spend a few weeks in the aviary to reprogram. On the up side, she laid us an egg this morning. #jailbird #peacocks #lookinforlove

Sunday, March 30, 2014

it was sherlock in the greenhouse with a tail-feather

Sherlock loves being in the greenhouse...but he is a disaster.  He knocks things over with his tail and has a habit of slamming himself against the walls.  Trying to help him always ends with claw marks and colorful language.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Little Lambs

Daisy and MooMoo are only a few weeks apart in age and have become fast friends.

Indiana Jones and the Frisbee Crusade

Friday, March 28, 2014


Pretty excited about this... Purple lips, fingers and paws are on the way, the mulberry trees are fruiting! :) #teasweepingmulberry

Thursday, March 27, 2014


Little Daisy is growing quickly and Millie has become a good mom. #stcroixsheep #dorpercross #lambingseason

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Moving a raised bed reveals the devil squirrel cartel's intricate tunnel system. #winning

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


A pupa, perhaps from a sphinx moth. #backyardentomology #whatsbugginmetoday


Our peepranahs first thing in the morning. #backyardchickens #chicksgalore

Monday, March 24, 2014

Double trouble

Double trouble... A pair of Northern Pacific rattlesnakes under the tree next to my trailcam. Ruckus almost stumbled right into them but heard them and stopped short just in time. Sorry, too close to home. These are already stretched on boards and will become hatbands or bow backings. #closecall #ranchlife #vetbillsavoided

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Play time

The boys take time for a little fun on the compost pile. #mininubian #dairygoats #youvegottobekidding

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Grafts update

Here's a little update to those grafts we did a couple of weeks ago. Most of them took so, for example, this dinosaur egg pluot tree will always have a Santa Rosa plum branch to pollinate itself. #frankensteinedfruittrees #makeyourownselffruitful

Chick day!

Oh no, danger danger. Guess where we are just leaving... with several dozen new little mouths to feed! #turkeys #faverolles #speckledsussexes #goldenlakenvelders #sicilianbuttercups #leflech #ohmy

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Going green

Things are greening up around here. #spring #wheredidallthesedogscomefrom

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday to Ruckus and Rizzo! A year ago we barely knew what anatolian shepherds were and now we have these big white monsters running around keeping everyone safe on the ranch (Rizzo) and destroying anything we leave out (Ruckus). #livestockguardiandogs #bestbreedever #happybirthday

Monday, March 17, 2014


Eva helps to push a burm around the new crab apple tree we planted in her enclosure for shade and snacks. #mangalitsa #ranchlife


All the hot chicks hang out in San Miguel. #faverolles #ameraucanas #buckeyes #speckledsussexes #marans #oliveeggers

Sunday, March 16, 2014

It's a girl!

It's a girl! Millie had a little lamb whose fleece was brown as dirt. She looks like a little Jersey cow! 2 week old moomoo is already making fast friends. #sheepthatlooklikecows  #stcroixsheep #dorpercross #lambingseason #ranchlife

Thursday, March 13, 2014

lttle moo-moo

when ruminants are born, they don't actually have a working rumen. it needs to be "built up" and the way it happens is by the wee ones, nibbling on hay and grain in very small amounts.  they continually feed on their mom's milk (we allow for a natural weening),but will enjoy a bit of hay starting fairly young. MooMoo is really starting to get the hang of eating well...and is running to the trough when I bring the hay and grain in for the big kids.

Got milk?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

thank you note

we had some visitors to the ranch last week...a handful of children who romped around the ranch and played with the dogs.    i was grateful for the assistance in collecting eggs.  today we received this thank you note from a little darling named lainey--she really liked the brownies :)


A line of outlaw ducks sneak home from a raid to the south pasture. #freerangers #quack

Monday, March 10, 2014


there are two schools of thought regarding goats and their horns.  some people dis-bud, some people don't.  the first little nigerian dwarfs we brought home, still had their did the next two.  the breeder we bought them from does not disbud goats she sells.
the next goats we purchased (mini-n ubians) didn't have horns. we purchased them from breeders who disbuds all the goats on their farms

which created a bit of a challenge for us
which way should we go?

leaving the horns intact would be less stressful on us (truth be told, disbudding a goat is a little scary the first few times), and more natural for the goats
 in the end, we decided that disbudding was the best way forward for our herd.  furthermore, if any of our goats are to be shown, they will have to have been disbudded.  

disbudding entails using a hot iron to essentially kill the root of the horns.  it is important to do the procedure when you first feel the horns coming in.  typically people disbud anywhere from day 3 to day 10...  for our little guys...we could feel their horns at 2 days old. we asked the vet to come out and disbud our bucklings so we could learn from her experience.
the bucklings squirmed a little and cried just a wee bit.  it took only a few minutes and once over, the boys were back to playing.  the burning causes a little copper ring around the horn, which will fall off in a couple of weeks. hair will grow over the scars and all will be normal again.

Spa day

Goldie enjoying a spa day in one of the holes the dogs made. #backyardchickens #buffcochin

Sunday, March 9, 2014


This cute little guy got caught in the garage window sill. A quick brushing off the cobwebs and off he went. #hummingbirds #nature

Name game

We're looking for help in naming these fellas. The theme for the top little man is the maple leaf or shield mark on his head and the bottom little boy should have a night time or stars theme. Post your suggestions! — at Vicarious Ranch.

Saturday, March 8, 2014


Must be ranch expansion day today. #backyardchickens #oliveegger #hatchyourownchicks

You've got to be kidding

Mom and her boys are doing just fine this morning. #mininubian #dairygoats #youvegottobekidding

Friday, March 7, 2014

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Mud hole

Still enjoying the results of last week's heavy rains. #staycool #mangalitsa #itsahogslife

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Close call

Just a friendly reminder to be sure to check those old planters closely before picking them up to reuse them. #ouch #blackwidow #springplanting #nature

Monday, March 3, 2014

In the barn with Cover Girl

We are very anxious for Cover Girl to kid.  Her little one(s) will be our first baby goat(s) born on the ranch.  Today Christy spent a little time with her to see how she is adjusting to her new space in the barn.  She seems a little lonely (as she is used to the company of 11 other girls), but is eating and drinking well.

We brought Cover Girl home from our trip to Portland.  She is really sweet and well socialized....and should know what she is doing as this is her 5th or 6th freshening.  Today she is 147 days pregnant.  A typical gestation is 150 days....but she has been showing signs for about a week now that she is close. This, combined with the wet weather we have been experiencing, led us to move her into the barn prior to kidding, rather than after.

So now we wait...

Sunday, March 2, 2014


Cover Girl checks out her newly constructed birthing stall in the nursery barn. She is due tomorrow! #mininubian #dairygoats #youvegottobekidding

Saturday, March 1, 2014