Oh, this whole world keeps spinning 'round. It's a wonder tall trees ain't layin' down. There comes a time, comes a time.
Neil Young

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Forever Farmgirl Friday #11 *LATE* + Duckling Update

These are the two ducklings that you haven't seen yet.

This is Oreo. S/he's the darkest, smallest duckling.
Oreo
 This is Goldilocks. S/he's the lightest duckling and the second biggest.
Goldilocks

From left to right, Goldilocks, Oreo and Nicki.
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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Flowers for Leontien


Sending Leontien all the best from everyone at the farm. 

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Ducklings

We have 2 healthy ducklings. One is in the pocket of my hoodie as I type. We have had three others besides the two healthy ones hatch or begin to hatch. During the incubation process, my sister forget to put water in for humidity and by forgetting that, the shells or very hard and the ducklings can't get out very easily. Granted, it's not supposed to be easy for them, they have to build strength to be healthy for life outside the egg. But it is so tough for them, that even the first crack in the shell completely exhausts them so much they are physically incapable of getting all the way out. And it doesn't help that they started 5-6 days early. In some of the ducklings cases, the yolks haven't absorbed fully into their stomachs and when we help them out, they have a stream of egg white and mucus hanging from where the yolk goes in. Also, all three of the ones that didn't make it or won't make it, were Black Swedish. Black Swedish are almost exactly the same as Blue Swedish, the only difference being a subtle change in the gene coding. The Black ducklings have the yolk out and in two cases, legs splayed to the sides instead of down, like usual. We don't know if that has something related to the Black Swedish gene, but we are guessing  it does. We still have 9 eggs to hatch and we are REALLY hoping more of them are healthy.

The duckling pooped in my pocket.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

All I Can Say Is...

This duckling is actually out, but I can't open the incubator again to get a picture, but he's very cute! There is one more hatching RIGHT NOW.

Seven chicks have hatched! They are all very cute.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Forever Farmgirls Friday #10


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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Rest in Peace


The little baby died last night. He had floppy kid syndrome and didn't make it.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

He's Here!

We went to the farm today and when we got there, we were greeted by a very cute, orange kitty. We knocked on the farmhouse door and were told to just go on down the "Big House" where he was still with his mother and about 20 other goats. I climbed into the pen and picked him up. Total adorableness. 
 Look at those ears, he's about to take off down the runway.
 He got latched on the bottle immediately and sucked down three ounces before falling asleep. 

More milk, please?
 This is my favorite picture of him so far.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Visiting a Goat Farm

For our monthly 4-H trip, we went to a goat farm about 20 minutes from our house. They have around 150 goats with a lot of them pregnant. When we were there, a goat went into labor! Our club got to see a little buck be born! And the best part is.....



















I get to take him home tomorrow!




That's right. I get to take the cute little boy home. He is the cutest thing. His mother is a pure white La Mancha (probably part Saanen) and I don't know what his father is, but the Farmer said that he's part Nubian. Here he is being born.

Pushing.

Pulling.

There he is!

Baby on the ground.

I'm probably going to name him Cuatro H. Pronounced Qwa-tro Ah-chay. It's Spanish for 4-H. Almost my whole club was there when he was born, so I'm going to take him to next months meeting for all the other kids to see. Very cool, yeah?

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Candling Egg Pictures




There will be a post later today or tomorrow on how we candled them and what you are seeing.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Obese

A conversation between me and my littlest sister.

Delena: Aren't there people who eat sticks of butter?
Tayet: Yeah. You wanna know what they're called?
Delena: What?
Tayet: Obese.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Forever Farmgirls #9

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Technical Difficulties

If you follow all my blogs, you may have noticed some of my pictures have been replaced with a black triangle with a exclamation point in it. I am trying to figure out the problem, but will probably just have to re-upload all of them. In the mean time, enjoy this cute picture of Uhura eating pineapple.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Tethered

Doesn't Cassie look cute in her new collar?
The babies have been wandering since birth. Their mothers got tethered, and they were free to roam wherever they liked, within reason of course. Until 3 or 4 days ago, we found them across the road. Yeah. As in, on the other side of the road. Now, I live on a road with 3 other houses, we have very little traffic besides the mailman. But I was (of course) not going to even have the smallest possibility of my babies getting hit by a car. So, on to the tethers they went. They screamed. They cried. They whined and pretty much tried anything to be let off the tether. It didn't work. Penny is the worst about it, she screams no matter where she is, or how close she is to her mother. Very tedious and annoying. But, it's better then her being smooshed by a car going over the speed limit. So these babies got a month of freedom, I'd say that's pretty good. But their innocent childhood is coming to an end.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Farm Visit

Last night, I slept over at some of my friends house. They live on a dairy cow farm and their cousins who own goats live right next door! Let me tell you, many pictures were taken.The goats are all Toggenburgs or Togg crosses.



This is Taco the goat. He is one of last years bucks and they really need to sell him, but they don't  have the  heart to do it.

This is Apprentice the kitten. She is the sweetest little thing.







Thursday, April 5, 2012

Forever Farmgirls Friday #8


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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Saturday Centus--My Untied Shoelace

My untied shoelace changed my life. As I leaned down to re-tie it, I kicked away a few leaves. When I turned my head slightly to look where the leaves had been, I was astonished to see a rubber-banded wad of hundred dollar bills nestled in a little indention in the muddy ground. I was going to cry, this was the blessing I'd been waiting for.. This money was exactly what I needed to get the car that would be my ferry across the US. I needed this car to go to college, the most important part of my education. I'd been $300 short of getting the beat-up Civic Wagon that would change my life. And now I had more then $300. Way more. Enough to get me a plane ticket if I wanted. But no. I worked hard for that car. I was going to get it. I was going to college.

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Jenny Matlock

Sunday, April 1, 2012

FOTM--Penny

My little Penny baby is 35 days old today. I can't believe a little bit more then a month ago, she was a tiny, newborn goat baby.
And now she's a tiny little monster. Joking, joking (mostly...)
 She eats grass and leaves and whatever clothes you happen to be wearing.
 My little baby is getting all growed up!

I'll take her to the fair in August and hopefully win something with her. I'm having fun starting to train her and I'll share that with all of you soon!

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