It has been a while since we posted on the website. We have been super busy and don’t get time to sit down at the computer. So rather than spend a bunch of time writing it all up, here are some pictures and video of what has been going on. We post more regularly on Facebook since it is easier to do out in the field.
This is One of our newest additions Nelly the Nubian. She doesn’t think she is a goat. More like a dog that follows Wee everywhere, even in the house.
Wee got chickens aka The Chickadees that will help keep parasites down in the pasture, spread manure, and give us eggs. She has taken care of them ALL BY HERSELF since they came to the farm.
She also digs worms for and with them.
It must be the WAY you say it. Apparently I don’t say it the right way. Calling in the ewes and lambs.
We were sent this picture of Jack from when he was a puppy.
Getting people food.
We sheared the sheep (1st time for either of us) 23 total
This was a ram I did all alone. I was very proud how it turned out for no training, and 1st season doing it.
We have had 6 baby goats thus far and 2 lambs to date
4 more goats left to kid, and 14 ewes left to lamb.
Lisa surprised us and gave birth in the group stall. We usually like to pull mommies out and have individual areas for them to give birth.
In addition to literally miles of fencing installed we have also been working on earthworks and structure by putting in swales.
Piggies have been busy clearing overgrown pasture and getting it ready for us.
Gytha had spa day where she got hair and nails done.
Now that spring is here we are busy splitting and planting herbs and plants.
Clearing wooded area to make new pastures and collecting locust fence posts and poles for new barns.
All this hard work sometimes wears you you as Jr Farm Boss
It has been two whole weeks since we added any new animals, and we just had to break the streak. This last weekend we got 4 new goats. They are all in the goat palace quarantine area for at least 30 days. We picked up four milking does; two were reported to be pregnant. If the girls were pregnant we will start milking them later this summer.
Our trial period is over for Jack. Jack came to freedom from the communist state next door. He roamed and protected his animals and was loved. His family is downsizing and moving to the city. He is not a city dog. We were on a trial basis until he decided he liked it here. We think he does, and now a new member to the farm. Notice we didn’t say previous family? That is because he came from one of the Aunties and they come and visit. If you don’t follow Rick on Facebook the Aunties are a group of women we have adopted as part of our family. Some near to us geographically, some across the country.
Lastly, I will be picking up some guinea keets this week. They will be truly free range and patrol the property for ticks. We may have some losses due to predators, but maybe not. We haven’t seen too many predator birds or other animals. With 2 farms dogs, kids, and us on the property we wanted an organic way to control ticks. This will be our first year ever having them. Before we start tours, we would like the tick population reduced.
Check out our “Our Animals” page for more information on all of our animals on the farm.