Trials on the Farm

by Monica on June 30, 2014

Saturday started well. A casual stroll around the yard with a cup of coffee in hand. Trim up the ‘Rose of Sharon’ hedges. Prune the low branches on a few trees. Pull weeds out in the flower beds. Just as I was going to grab a trowel and some veggie starts to transplant I hear Griff yelling from the back ’40′.
Morgan and I race down there. Waco had tangled up one of his back legs and was laid out in the berry vines…..#*%@……. It took 3 of us to pick him up, untangle his leg and carry him 15′ to a shady spot to do a first-aid check. Griff ran to the house for Arnica and scissors so Morgan & I could cut the fleece back and I could assess the damage. Waco had broken his back leg just above and below the pastern…………sigh……….
We got him in a wheelbarrow and transported him up to the house and I went to get supplies. Unexpected butcherings are definitely a sad time on the farm. Waco was a very big buck. Lifting him up to get him hung was quite the chore and dressing him out took forever. Griff was very squeamish but Morgan handled himself extremely well. There was still a couple lbs of meat left when Morgan and I quit. It was getting dark and we still had the rest of the farm chores to get done. My hands, arms and shoulders are still sore today.

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Dogs meet baby chicks…

by Monica on May 15, 2014

Bear could care less about the little peepers as she has seen many in her long life. The poodle boys though were very intrigued at the noise makers on the other side of the fence that “mom” was tending. Tazzy got to be introduced first. He took it all in stride but they made too much noise for him. Taz had a similar reaction. Pharoah……. He’s 11 months old so still in a puppy play stage. He wasn’t sure what to think while they were on the ground but once I picked one up of course it became a squeeker toy for him to stick in his mouth. I flicked his ear and he took his mouth off but gave a lick anyways.

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Happy days on the farm….

May 14, 2014

CD&T shots for everyone this afternoon. I also ear tagged Sammy, Rook, Roger, Bailey, Bunny and Damiana. I was worried about giving Gaspar and Attila their CD&T but they were a breeze!! While I was in town I succumbed to the lure of chickens and came home with 5 White Crested Polish, 2 Americaunas, 2 [...]

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More farm critters.

April 18, 2014
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Goat Baby Pics

April 18, 2014

Close ups of little Sammy.Roger is twice as big as his sister Bailey.Roger taking a break from frolicking.

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Baby for Bunny.

April 15, 2014

Took Bailey in to Headstart for show and tell. Kids in both classes had a great time. Came home to find Bunny had just delivered a little black boy with blue eyes. Hmmmm, since he was born on tax day should his name be Sam??

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Babies for Rabbit

March 31, 2014

Rabbit had her babies on March 25, 2014. The white male is Roger and the brown girl is Bailey.

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More shearing.

November 12, 2013

Saturday I finally got Margarita sheared. I gave her a 2″ long rough cut. Patron got a pizzle and butt trim. His and Damiana’s fleece is so very very soft. Hoof trims on all didn’t take too long. Damiana will need a butt trim as soon as I can get to it. Cleaned out the [...]

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Bear.

October 29, 2013

Someone picked up Bear in Williams and dropped her off in Merlin. A woman found her this morning at the Merlin exit and brought her in. The staff at the shelter say she is very scared but uninjured. My boyfriend Steve, bless his wonderful heart, went and rescued Bear from the shelter. She is now safe [...]

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Missing Males…..

September 17, 2013

Last night I came home from work to find Waco absent from the field. Woolfred came up to the fence all happy friendly to enjoy a treat of ripe bananas but no Waco…. I got changed into farm clothes and headed off toward the back field. There I found Waco lying down with his right [...]

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