Sunday, March 28, 2010

Cold Again

Spring seems to have slipped away from us again. We got a bit of snow on Friday and temps have been cold. I guess I took the electric water buckets out of the barn a little to soon. The pups are settling in though we did have some problems with Luna and the electric fence. She was still small enough to fit through the netting, getting zapped each time. She did it for about 3 days before she quit trying to go through. She is not as interested in the goats as Terra is, but I think she will do fine in the end.

The goats are getting used to having the dogs around, though Sage seems to dislike them the most. He is more afraid of them than the others. But he seems to be getting a bit more aggressive with the other goats as well. A problem that we may have to deal with at some point.

I got the outside feeder built this week, Bryan came home and helped me with the finishing touches. Of course Sage wanted to help also. He offered to hold the boards down by standing on them and also assisted by getting the screws out of the boxes for us.

I am still working on the chicken tractors. For something relatively simple they are taking me awhile to finish. But the chickens can't go in them until they have more feathers and the weather is warmer. I have 2 for the roosters and 1 for the teen age hens. Of course then we have to prepare for Ducks and Turkeys. But that's another story.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

New Additions

We now have 2 LGD's. I lucked out and found Great Pyrenees puppies that were pure bred but not papered and they were close. Mom, Sarah, Maggie and I drove 2 1/2 hours south and picked up Luna and Terra. The ride home took a bit longer because they pooped and threw up all the way home. They were not happy pups. It is very hard to accept that these are not pet because they are so incredible cute. Big fluffy balls of love, but we shall adjust.
We put them in with Pearl, our lone Doe. She wasn't too thrilled, but hopefully she will be the easiest to bond with. Tomorrow they will go out with the herd under supervision.
I was able to start on one of the Chicken Tractor's before the dog interruption, I will have more work to do next week. I have 3 to build 2 for our meat birds and 1 for the young hens before they are ready to be introduced to the flock. We are also expecting Narragansett Turkey's in late May. They will need accommodations as well. So much to be done, I am glad Spring is here.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Spring is coming (really)

So it has been about a month since I blogged. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and was in pretty bad shape for awhile. For now I am a bit more balanced and functioning better. So on with Spring.
We have gotten our first batch of chicks for the year and are planning where to put everyone. I am still planning for Turkey's and Ducks as well. I am also hoping to get some Lambs this year as well.
Bryan also tapped our Maple trees this spring. We are making professional syrup, but it's a fun experiment. So he tapped trees last weekend when he was home and then off he went. Mom and I (both temporary fully functioning) circled the yard gathering over 45 gallons of sap.

When Bryan got home this weekend, he set up a sugar "tent" and began to boil down. We live and learn, by the end of the weekend, he had a better plan and was looking forward to next year. Of course we still have to finish this years. More work for next weekend. Also on the ever growing list of things to do is an outside bread oven.
The goats are well, they loved their week out but I had to lock them back in with all the rain we had this weekend, I think I am raising fair weather goats.