February 25, 2017

Just Kidding | On the Farm

 We have some new arrivals on the farm!  Here are a few of them...

Hank discovered these four cuties (3 cream, 1 brown) about 2 weeks ago on Sunday evening.  Both our Nubian does had their babies at pretty much the same time and since we weren't there to witness it, we didn't know which babies belonged to which doe.  One of the mothers wasn't very interested in any of them and, since it was cold, we decided to bring them all inside for the night. Two of them in particular were in dire need of some TLC.


Of course, Ivy thought having 4 goat kids in the living room was the best. :)


They are now sleeping in the hay barn at night and gleefully jumping around the goat pen during the day.
 We're bottle feeding three of them - one of the moms took the brown doeling back.

These two are Peaches and Bucky, and the other two are Cinnamon and Rowdy.

Harriet had her lamb the morning after the goats were born.  A strong, single, ram lamb whom Hank named Bumphrey.  So now we have Humphrey and Bumphrey. :)



More recently, we've had another goat buckling born (the last of the kidding for this year), and a new lamb this morning. Another single, but a beautiful pure white ewe lamb this time. All three lambs have the same dad, our Columbia/Hampshire ram Gunnar.  Happy to have healthy lambs, but hoping we get some twins, too!

 Humphrey is doing really well and is very happy to have a friend to play with.  He still enjoyed chasing the chickens, though. *grin*

These chickens were some of the chicks that our momma hens hatched out last summer.  They just started laying.

Gus is learning to be a good guardian dog.  We don't leave him in with the sheep all the time - he gets too playful still - but they aren't as hostile towards him now.  He can jump the fence and likes to roam the neighborhood the minute our back is turned, so that has been interesting.  He always comes back though.

We still have mountains of snow and ice, but it feels like spring here.  
 Any signs of spring where you live?  I want to know!

17 comments:

  1. What a busy farm you have going these days!! My daughter's goats are kidding right now too and they are so adorable. Are these the first goat babies for your farm? Their milk makes the best cheese!! It definitely looks like Winter out your way with all the snow. We are in the thick of Spring right now with flowering trees and bushes blooming and lots and lots of pollen!! Did I mention POLLEN?? LOL!! So good to hear from you. Hope all is going great as you move ever closer to the next Little arrival!!

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    1. They are indeed the first goat babies on our farm! Hank has helped with his mom's kids a lot, but it's a first for me!
      We've been looking in to making cheese! There's certainly plenty of milk right now.
      Oh dear, the pollen doesn't sound fun for allergies. Definitely no pollen issues here at the moment ;)

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  2. What fun to have so many new fur-babies about!

    Our crocuses started blooming a couple weeks ago (or was it last month...?), so there are little patches of purple here and there in the front, and I discovered a clump in the back yard, too. We also have one lone clump of golden crocus in the herb bed out front, and the daffodils are budding! I also spotted pussy-willow buds on one of our trees this morning. *Sigh* I do love Spring!

    Here's to more healthy lambs this year, and more Spring weather up your way. :-D

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    1. For sure! I enjoy watching them play with each other:)

      How beautiful! I love crocuses. Definitely ready for spring here, but I think we've got a ways to go. Just got some more snow last night. ;)

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  3. Your kids are adorable!! I love the picture of Ivy enjoying the little kid, so sweet! : )

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  4. Cute kids and lambs. We sadly just had to sell two of our ewes with their lambs at side, due to upcoming changes.

    We are finally seeing signs of Spring! Some green grass is popping up. We have had flooding rains this Winters, so Spring will be very welcome here.

    Kimberly

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    1. That's too bad :( Do you still have your goats?

      Yay for spring! I can't wait for green grass! We've had a very wet winter here, too. Some minor flooding in town due to the drains being covered with snow, but nothing at our place.

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    2. We will be selling most all of the goats too. My mom is going to keep a few of our favorites. We will miss them, but its for the best, since there's going to be big changes in the future.

      Kimberly

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    3. I'm so sad to hear that! But glad that you will be keeping a few favorites.

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  5. Oh Natasha, those baby goats are SO CUTE!

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    1. I knew you'd like them, Maribeth :) They are so cute when they play, especially with their long ears flapping about!

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  6. Your title "Just Kidding" was very catchy and cute. Made me smile after I realized what it was about, guess I should have caught that. Also, Bumphrey and Humphrey! haha I enjoyed your pictures, thanks for sharing. :) PS still mountains of snow and ice here. no sign of spring, but the back is clear! Well, mostly. :)

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    1. Haha thank you! ;) Yeah...aside from the baby animals, it doesn't really feel like spring here anymore, especially now that we have more snow! ;D

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  7. They are so sweet! Baby kids are some of the sweetest! Most of our snow was melted, but then it started snowing again Saturday night, so.....

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    1. Except when they are bottle fed and obnoxious! They chased me all the way to the house (since they can go through the fence) even though I was waddling as fast as I could! lol.
      Same here! Winter isn't over yet!

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  8. So cute! I love that picture of Ivy and the goat!

    -Vicki
    www.basicallybeautifulblog.com

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