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This week; one for the books

This week has been a whirlwind. It started with me being at a conference in Dallas, Texas, and as seems to be always the case if I go anywhere in the spring that is when baby animals will be born. On Sunday Caro gave birth to two baby boys. So without further ado, let me be the first to introduce you to Merry…

And Pippin.

That’s right we had twin filthy hobbits.

Then on Monday my dad had knee replacement. A surgery thirty years in the making.

And within a couple hours of being back in his room the physical therapist had him up and walking the halls.

Tuesday I finally caught the first fish of the year out of my pond, not the monster tuna I was looking for but it’s a start.

I then found a life lesson in the koi pond, “be careful to not bite off more than you can chew.”

Poor froggy couldn’t get the other froggy all the way down before he croaked.

Thursday I was at work when I got messaged that one of our backyard residents had decided the front porch might be a nice place to hang out.

Then the Turken rooster decided to travel from the goat pin to the chicken run and pick a fight.

With severe storms headed in tonight, we will have to see what else this week has left in it.

D.

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A house of his own.

I realized that I hadn’t posted any photos of the house I built for Sherlock in his new area.

The frame was made from more of the wood I got from my father-in-laws old deck. The outside is salvaged pallet wood. The only thing I had to buy was the metal roofing and some screws. So far he seems to like it.

D.

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Let spring begin

Well spring is here and it came in with another round of snow.

Thankfully it was beautiful to look at and gone within a day. Hopefully we can start to get night temperatures above forty so we can leave the seedlings out in each night instead of taking them in and out each day.

Yesterday my morning routine was disrupted by a great surprise, Caro, finally gave birth. I opened the door to the goat house and it almost seemed peculiar to see a baby goat laying next to her. My brain took a few seconds to actually comprehend what I was seeing. But there it was. She had done it all on her own. So meet Lulu.

She looks just like here momma don’t you think?

Well off to the yarden to gsd. Have a good one world.

D.

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Get Sh%t done ….. in a little while.

Another blog from my morning view of the world. The chickens and goats are all feed, watered, and ready for the day. Breakfast, spiced ground beef topped by the always present egg, eaten and cleaned up. Now sitting with a cup of coffee waiting for my piece of the world to get a little brighter and warmer.

Yesterday day was new turkey day. Well actually second new turkey day. A couple weeks ago we inherited a female turkey from a neighbor.

She seemed little lonely, so yesterday we drove about an hour up the road and got her a friend.

It’s amazing how big he can make himself look when he wants to.

On today’s agenda is more garden work. The structures we have two hardy kiwis growing on have started to fall apart, so I’m going to use some of the timber I took out of Sherlock’s area to redo a climbing trellis. Then I need to redo the bean teepee. We had tried to have the beans climb garden string in past years with only marginal success. I’m going to put it wood supports with wire mesh between and see if we can’t get a better crop.

Well the sun is now brightened the yard, so I will leave you with a picture of Sidda enjoying yesterday’s sun with her babies.

D.

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A baby filled morning

I know it has been a long time since I last blogged, but I want to make more time to do it and commit to more regular posts.

This morning I am writing on my phone while sitting on a milking stand in my goat barn. I am watching a pair of baby doe Nubian goats who have made their way outside for the second time since their birth on Wednesday. In another stale a pile of three bucklings, born yesterday, sleep quietly with a rhythmic breathing. A rooster crows in the distance and I take another sip of coffee. The morning chores have already been done, my own breakfast consumed and now a little reflection time before starting once again on the list of projects to eventually get to.

“How did you end up here?” I find myself asking very often in the past few weeks. A lot has gone on in a very short period and that seems to be the tempo of life at home now. Frantic effort and change followed by periods of peace. I feel so good about where we are, and am looking forward to so much more.

Yesterday Sidda gave birth to three boys. We knew that was a possibility but hadn’t expected it since she only gave birth to one last year.

Vivi too surprised us Wednesday with a pair of little girls.

And while each mother had one baby that wasn’t quite as strong as the others at birth, this morning everyone seems to be doing just fine.

With one more mother, Caro, still to give birth, we are going to have quite the growing herd.

Last weekend we had just come through a wind storm that knocked down at least 8 trees, including 2 across the drive way and one on top of the goat house.

The tree on the goat house was a particular issue as it was also about to take down the two fences that separate our pen holding our buck from the girls. It also broke a rafter and put several holes in the roof. Needless to say we got the problems repaired quickly as we were sure baby goats were on their way.

We for now I have to get back to work. I leave you with a short video of a happy goat.

D.

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Merry Christmas Everybody

Well Christmas morning has arrived, which for those of us in retail seems like a long time coming. We will shortly make the trek into town to spend Christmas morning with my wife’s family as we do every year. My dad and one of my brothers also live in the area but we have always had flexible celebration time with them. This year we got together Christmas Eve Eve. P made an amazing cake for dessert.

One of our neighbors brought a present for the goats, their first round bale of hay. It’s has been a big hit.

I’m off work for the next week, so it will be back to work on Mr boy goats new shelter.

I’m trying to save as much money as possible and reuse more wood from the deck my father-in-law took down a few months ago.

Well time to go celebrate. Merry Christmas everybody.

D.

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I’m back

It’s been a while but I am back.  My pharmacy partner was out on maternity leave and I got out of sync, but I am back and ready to take on the fall and winter seasons.

We have been working hard cleaning out the garden beds. River the cat had been faithfully keeping an eye out for attacks.

It’s the time of year to get some baby goats baking, so we bought a new boyfriend.


His name is Sherlock and he is a miniature Nubian.  Even though our girls are full size he has gotten the job done.  At least we hope so.  We’ll find out in five months.

I’ll keep the post short for today as we are headed into Charlottesville to hit the farmers market. Have a great day world. 


D.

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Happy Easter 

Happy Easter world.  Sunrise is something I get to enjoy pretty much each morning here. I hope  those who made it out to sunrise services throughout the world had a similar beautiful one. 


We added to our little homestead this week when Vivi gave birth to a buckling.


The other buckling, Shep, is two week old now and even though he was not happy when we disbudded him, has come around to being interested in us.  Or at least interested in my shorts. 


Have a great week world.

D.

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‘Tis the Season

Fall has definitely arrived here at Snuggly Duckling Farm.  How can I be so sure, you ask?  Is it the shorter days? Is it the changing color of the leaves? Is it the sound of migrating geese?   It is a big “No” to all those.  The way in which I can tell fall is here is that I put on a sweater today.

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With fall here it also means it was time to get the goats freshened for next years milk production.  This was our first time going through the breeding process, and for my suburban brain, it is a bit of an odd thing to be a part of.  Caro, our Alpine/Toggenburg mix, we took to spend a week with a buck at Bad Moon Rizn farm, where we had got her from.  So that one was pretty easy, but for Vivi and Sidda, our Nubians,  it was suggested that we bring the buck to them.  So, meet Theo, our girls knight in shining armour.

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Although he definitely does not smell like royalty at all.  I had heard that bucks stink, with all the peeing on themselves and sticking their face in the urine of the female, but holy moly he is one pungent fellow.  I picked him up in the same mini van that I had transported my goats in, but it was suggested that I but up a barrier.  I did that, but a pallet didn’t stand a chance against that smell.

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He will be staying with us for a little while, and I have to get use to having him around.  He is, of course, much larger and much more powerful than our girls, and makes a lot more sounds which at this point is the aspect that is most nerve-wracking.

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Besides the fun of Theo coming to visit, we also have had the excitement of a broken lawn tractor.  I’ve talked about how frequently things seem to breakdown around here, and how I’ve had to learn lots of new repairs, but this one was beyond my new learning.  So on Tuesday, a local garage came and picked it up.  For now we will just have to deal with the sight of leaves gracing the vistas.

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Enjoy the fall, folks, and we will check back in later. D.

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