Monday, 30 December 2013
Varla - March 8, 2014 or March 26, 2014
Laura- March 22, 2014
Matilda - March 29, 2014
Faye - April 2, 2014
Elesméra - April 11, 2014
Pippi - April 16, 2014 or April 21, 2014
And Leipchen is hopefully pregnant, and if she is she's due any time between March and May!
While I'm here I want to post all my goats birthdays. It's nice to know how old they are.
Pippi's Birthday is December 12, 2010
Matilda is February 18, 2011
Faye's is March 9, 2012
Leipchen is April 5, 2012
Elesméra's Birthday is March 9, 2013
Laura's is April 24, 2013
And I actually don't know Varla's Birthday
Thursday, 19 December 2013
Sunday, 24 November 2013
From left to right: Rain E Day, Lila Mae, and Alexis Louise (Rain, Lila, and Lexie)
I think Rain and Lila will actually end up good friends. Lexies a lot more hyper, and makes Lila nervous.
But there's hope, lila hasn't even been down stairs since we got the puppies, but this past week she's been down on the couch nearly every day.
Saturday, 16 November 2013
The breeding season is near to closing. Most all of my girls are bred, (fingers crossed) a couple of them are sneaky and don't let us know when they are in heat...
I'll have goats kidding in the spring in March and April, As will Larissa at Tiny Hill Farm. We are each breeding a good number more does than last year; it will be crazy :)
Only Varla ended up being bred to Joshua James (pictured in previous post), my six other girls are bred to Sting N Ned L- An adorable young chocolate buck. I will try and get a picture.
Tuesday, 5 November 2013
Tuesday, 22 October 2013
So we have six kittens...and I just got two Silkies for my sister for her birthday. The chickens right now are to small to go in the coop and the kittens are in the kidding stall. We didn't know what to do with the chickens so I decided I'd try them with the kittens. They love each other! They snuggled up and everything! We do have to lock momma kitty out though cause she thinks the chickens look like dinner. But that's ok, they are really eating on their own anyway.
They are adorable together!
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
This is Joshua James. Two or three of my does will be bred to him this year. Varla is already bred to him, she will be due around march 15th. And so starts the long season of waiting and hoping; as well as the calm before the storm of many increased chores.
Friday, 11 October 2013
My mom showed me this on her facebook. I think its just awesome! A must see for any Christian girl. If you've never heard One Direction's That's What Makes You Beautiful pull that up on YouTube first and pay attention to the words. Then watch this link. It's great.
Sunday, 29 September 2013
I had my graduation party just a couple weeks ago. I graduated late in the season, true, but I actually did high school in three years. I'm rather proud of my self for that...
The party was a lot of fun but I do feel it was more for my mom than for me. Which is totally cool, she deserved it! The one question everybody asked- the one question I didn't want to be asked- was "what's next?" Honestly I don't know for sure. I have a couple different courses I'm doing this year and other than that I know want to farm. I love farming and I love my goats! But really I'm not worried about it. I'm not worried about having a "career" I don't feel like that's what God Wants for me, not right now anyway. If I'm learning to grow food and can soups and make jellies I think that's enough for now. I'm excited for my future, and yet I don't want to grow up, I never have. I want to be spontaneous and fun and daring for the rest of my life. And what's stopping me? I'll be 18 in a couple months (dreading that) and I'm waiting for God to show me his plan for the next chapter of my life. I hope its a fun chapter!
Just babbling again... Heres a picture my brother Forest took. I was being a bit uncooperative for the pictures... I thought "graduating from home school will be great, no cap and gown needed" I was wrong.
Friday, 20 September 2013
Friday, 26 July 2013
Thursday, 25 July 2013
|Molly and Grace|
|Goose and chicks|
Pippi was my first to kid. She had twins, a girl and a boy. Apollo and Pixie. Pixie came out one leg first then Apollo decided to come out backwards! Silly boy, he was just fine though. I have been wanting a girl from Pippi for about two years now, but sadly pixie was a bit of a disappointment in the fact that she actually had four teets, thats pretty rare, I've seen goats born with three, but never four, teets. oh well though, not much you can do. Pippi not only didn't want her babies...she wanted them dead. I am convinced if left alone with them she would have killed them. She immediately started to stomp them so we took them away from her and they were fine.
The next was Annika, a boy I named him Robin but sold him right away I also sold Annika, sorry to say this is the best picture I have of him:
|Laura and my new chick "helping" me milk Leibchen|
|Pixie, about ten minutes old|
|London, Pixie, and Ellesmera|
P.S. I also sold Leipchen's sister Leia.
We couldn't find the charger to our camera so all the pictures I've gotten for here were on my phone, I didn't know how to transfer them and of course my dad shows me how easy it is just today... We haven't really had a computer for me to use. We have my mom's but she's always on it. and I've been VERY busy. but, excuses excuses...will you ever forgive me?
I'm hopefully going to do like a million and one posts tonight updating you on all that you've missed. baby goats, puppies, new birds, camels, paintings, you know...the usual. Better get to work!
Thursday, 28 February 2013
A Prolapsed vent is where the oviduct (where the eggs are made) comes out of the vent. This prevents the chicken from pooping and laying eggs. There is often chicken poop oozing out and all over the feathers around it. There may also be blood present. The hen will most likely be calm.
The area around the vent needs to be cleaned with warm water and the tissue coming out has to be disinfected. (We used Dial disinfectant soap)
Next you can put something on it to help with pain and swelling. I have read many different suggestions for this, we used antibiotic cream and Vaseline because that's what was available. You can also use Preparation H cream or honey.
Then (the fun part) You need to use your finger to push the oviduct tissue back into the bird. Gloves come in handy here! Once it's in you might want to hold in there for a minute until she stops trying to push it back out (you can tell by feeling it against your finger), Put more cream on the outside once its in.
If it wont stay in place (we had this problem) you can diaper her over night. and that should cure it; although is is common for the issue to arise again later so keep an eye out for it.
Only bandage/diaper the bird over night! if it's on during the day she wont be able to lay her eggs making the problem worse. Here's a link on how to bandage the prolapse: http://www.littlehenrescue.co.uk/Pages/Medicaladvice.aspx
A Prolapsed vent may be caused by a number of different things; it could be because the hen started laying when she was too young, or maybe the chicken laid an egg to big, soft or weird in shape, if the chicken is old and over weight it can also cause it. Or there might be an egg stuck. If you think the last is the case you can gently massage around her tail and vent to see if you can feel and egg.
Another possibility is the chicken is deficient in calcium.
After the treatment add vitamins, electrolytes and/or liquid calcium to her food or water; and keep her away from the flock until the issue has cleared up completely.
If the other chickens are able to pick at her vent they could make it worse infecting it and possibly causing her death.
Your chicken may also need antibiotics if it's really bad.
Pipi's due date was the 26th, n she looks like shes going to pop! Tilly is due on the 5th of March. She and Pipi could kid anytime . I'm very Excited. Annika and Faye are also pregnant but not due till the end of March and the Beginning of April. I'll will keep you posted.