Saturday, January 31, 2009

Changes being made around the Homestead

Busy, busy, busy!!! Semester grades are due in the computer by close of school tomorrow and because I have a habit of waiting 'till the last minute, I have been working on them. Last night I got most of them in the computer while watching the dog show.....

Pembroke Corgis should have won!!!

But anyways, back to the olde' homestead. Had to make a change in living arrangements this week because Johnny, the POA punk, was/is being a jerk about letting TJ, my Black Cotswold ram in the lean-to and Wednesday when we had that huge snow storm, TJ was covered in snow and ice because he was outside without shelter. So, my moved TJ up with the ram lambs, bucks, and Jed. TJ is so laid back that I knew there would be no issues.

And after the initial smelling and a bump here or there, everyone is just fine. Even Jed. had no issues with it........I really think that the polled rams are less aggressive. Or maybe its just the breeds that I have and the polled genetics on top of that. Either way, I am very pleased with my boys and their temperments.

Check out Sassy, the Nigerian Dwarf goat on the right. She is looking pretty pregnant!! She kinda popped out this week so she will be the first on the farm to have babies this year. I am pretty excited because I have not bred the Nigerians as I finally got a buck from Flat Rocks in Texas this past April. I am hoping for twin does....fingers crossed:)

Not sure about the rest of the farm people out there, but my animals are just going through the loose minerals like crazy. (I find the minerals blocks to be a waste) Which is good because I want everyone drinking and urinating just fine, esp. the wethers and rams/bucks. I had one blocked wether a few years back and it just broke my heart. Actually I am going to start adding Hydrangea Root to the bucks and rams grain to help ward off any blockage issues that could potential creep up. My friend Lisa is an herbalist and she uses it with her bucks and with good results.

I picked up this magazine the other day at TSC because I am hoping to have a very productive garden this year.......great ideas in these magazine esp. this chicken/turkey coop idea.

And then I love this Nature's Garden magazine too! Beautiful ideas for gardening in it!! I have an "issue" with gardening magazines......its like a coffee addicition for someone people (FYI...I hate coffee). So after all these grades are done, I have plenty of magazines to to read, think, and plan for this spring...........
for example this picture below of the frozen tundra in my back yard !
This is the future site for my sweet corn, broom corn, and gourds. I am determined to have a nice crop of sweet corn this year. If anyone has a suggestion on first year planning tips for the ground prep, please let me know:)
Okay, off to make chocolate chip cookies and then finish those grades!!!


Tracey said...

I cant wait to see the goat babies!!
How long is their gestation?
Eat a chocolate chip cookie for me please!
Tracey :)

Rayna said...

I got the same garden magazine! :) I saw it and had to have it :)

Kara said...

If she has a buck then maybe I could sneak a buckling and a polled ram lamb in here with out DH noticing this summer. LOL, do you think I could get away with it?

Susan said...

I wanna come visit when you have babyees. I'll bring Ivy to play with Ms. Dixie

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

Your Sassy looks like my Clara. Can't wait to see her babies.

I was watching the dog show last night too. Both Corgi's did real well. The Irish Terrier got third, in the terrier group. I've got a pair fo IT's.

ae1501 said...

I'll swing by tomorrow for some cookies!

kristi said...

I had 2 for you:) Goats are 5 mos and I am giving her maybe 3 weeks???

great minds think alike:)

I think you need to get tough!! The little buck I got is really nice....he flew in on a plane from TX.

Dixie is always game for playing and people coming to visit!

I am very excited about the babies!!!! Your Sweet Pea is too cute:)

I'll think about it:)

Christy said...

I'm going to have to go get that magazine. I'm planning a big garden this year.