Saturday, February 11, 2012

Lake Effect Snow at its Finest

Lake Effect Snow:  snow squalls resulting from cold acrctic air traveling over a relatively warm body of water.  The cold, dry air picks of the lake moisture and deposits it in the form of snow over land.

Lake Effect snow bands coming from Lake Erie which is about 38 miles North of me, and coming across the farm with average gusts between 25 & 35 mph.

Lake Effect snow on Chelsea's face..............

Lake Effect Snow burying Chelsea as she insists on laying outside the 3 sided-lean-to. 

Danby wondering why his sister Chelsea is not under the overhang of the barn.......

Ethan taking Lake Effect Snow in stride as Danby admires his calm, cool, collective attitude during the snow squalls.

Seasoned sheep enjoying the snow which has been very, very minimal this winter.

Chelsea trying to decide if she should come in out of the blowing snow......

And Chelsea deciding that she likes doing what sheep do best......hanging out in a snow storm in February. 

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Crazy Daisy's Twin Kids!

There is always seems to be one animal on the farm that the thought of them being pregnant, let alone being a mother, brings a feeling of dread.  Such was the case with Crazy Daisy who jumped the fence and then jumped the other fence to get in with the bucks....that would be 3 bucks she was with in September.  She was NOT Mother of the Year last year.  In fact, she made me so mad that she didn't want to nurse her kid that I felt like having a mad crying fit and selling her off, but since a paid $400 for her, I rethought my moment of anger.  Last Wednesday night, after feeding, and showing no signs of being in labor, Daisy gave birth to twins.  Of course I did not know this because at 6 o'clock I went into the house for dinner and as I walked to the barn at 8 that evening to shut the light off I heard a piercing cry of a baby as I walked back to the barn.

And as I came tearing into the barn, I noticed my miniature horse Speedy with a hoof on a newborn goat,  the one pictured above. She was in the first stall in the barn. And where the hell was Daisy?  Oh, in the other corner of the barn with another newborn!  Mother of the Year at it again!  With one baby cradled in my arm, I moved Speedy out of the stall, layed the baby down, grabbed the other baby and put it in the stall and ushered Mother of the Year into the stall.  Of course, Speedy was right there being her nosy self as I closed the gate.  By now my heart was caught somewhere in my throat, praying both babies were okay.  Both were still pretty wet so I took my sweatshirt off to clean them up. I climbed over the stall to steal Sassy's babies heat lamp for the time being and got the new babies under the lamp. 

Once I felt things were relatively under control, I got fresh straw layed down and flipped out on Daisy who was very much involved in eating the fresh straw.  I made sure her milk was flowing and moved the babies to start nursing.  I was not in the mood for anything stupid from her and was prepared for the worse case scenerio, as a matter of fact, I had already purchased bottles and nipples for bottle babies.  She was hesitant at first but then she became the mother she was suppose to be!!

Above is Daisy's chocolate and white buckling........

..............this is Daisy doing what she did not do last year!

And again, nursing without me having to have major fits of frustration like last year! 
And her little doe kid is almost marked exactly like her!  

The little buckling is very nicely marked..........

......and lil' doe daughter, gotta love those spots!

So my chaotic Wednesday night has resolved itself and Daisy is being a good mom and the babies are doing very well on day 4! Never, ever dull around here.  Sweet Pea is due in about 2 weeks, she was a good first year mom last year so I am keeping my fingers crossed.  Hopefully, this week will be a little calmer!