Archive for March, 2012

March 30, 2012

2012 CAE results

Once again the herd has tested CAE negative! A BIG thanks to Biotracking for their quick and professional service, as always!

March 28, 2012

Pigs & chickens

We started on the new chicken coop and pig shelter yesterday. We got as far as the skids and floor for the coop and had to stop because we forgot the reclaimed windows and didn’t know what size to frame for. So, we went to work on the pig shelter. Both are on skids so are (semi-moveable). It’s nice using the shop to build them in instead of on-sight.

The pig shelter is 6’x6′. It’s a simple lean to basically using reclaimed lumber that’s 100+ years old. The skids are new treated 4×4’s and this sits on the dirt. I did not want to be cleaning pig manure up off of flooring! This one, more than likely will be moved more than the chicken coop. We have a chicken tractor for mobile ‘free ranging’ chickens we want at a specific location. The pigs are bound to move as we need them in several different places – i.e. the garden, the barn, etc.

the roofing and siding on the pig shelter will be new, we’ll pick that up today and continue on with it.

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Chicken coop floor on 4x4 'treated' skids with 3/4" plywood

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Rear wall of pig shelter nailed in to place. Flooring below is for the chicken coop. Sid ends are cut at an angle so they do not get bogged down while being moved.

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Normally we'd put the rafters upright and parallel with the side walls but our roof application works better this way and it makes it structurally stronger this way as there is no front wall as regular strictures would have to keep it from shifting. We used brackets, glue and nails to secure the structure, having to use the brackets not totally as intended due to a last minute design change. The excess will be cut off.

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Framing nearly finished!

March 27, 2012

New kid on the block

And I don’t mean goats =). Snow (2 year old Great Pyrenees female), joined the farm yesterday. She’s fabulous and we’re ecstatic! She came to us as a re-home due to bad circumstances involving a neighbor and death threats. Her previous owners were sad to see her go. She’s such a good girl and King is so happy to have a friend! She was with cattle and fowl before but took to the goats well and loves the cat(s) so, I think the guardians are complete!

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Surveying her post. Already working!

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Lover and protector of human kids too!

March 25, 2012

Babies

These babies don’t have time to stand posed nor do I have patient enough helpers to make them stand nicely so candid is what cha get =).

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Toddy’s 1st born boy above (C1). You talk about flashy and fancy! He’s got it all, brown, black, white, roaning, splashes, frosting, splotches, AND spots!!! His sire is Andy our spotted buck and boy did he throw fabulous heads in Toddy’s 2 boys, strong muzzles and those nice Nubian noses!  See those 2 splotches on his hind end? Those will lighten so he’s just all sorts of colorful!

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Toddy’s 2nd born (C2) boy above.

Both of Toddy’s buck kids are for sale. They will be available at weaning, please see “Kids For Sale” page for further info.

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Apricot’s 3rd born (c5), “Dale” short for Clydesdale! He’s a brute of a boy weighing in at nearly 12 lbs. at birth (and his sisters were good size too!) and with his fuzzy huge feet, Clydesdale was only fitting, we thought. Wow, this boy…he’s just handsome! He looks like he’s going to be one powerful buck & LOOK at his neck!  He’s a little squished up in this photo but he’s quite long too and a real nice top line! Just a real nice kid and with his mama’s udder, or dearly me! Moon has been so consistent with his level top lines!
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Apricot’s 2nd born doe kid (C4) – Marmalade Coconut Meringue, “Coconut” for short. Such a sweet thing!

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Apricot’s 1st born (C3) Marmalade Butterscotch Puddin’- “Puddin” for short.

March 13, 2012

C 1 & 2

Toddy’s buck kids.