Sunday, April 17, 2011
This Week's Happenings
The top of the driveway is the worst. Needless to say, wearing rubber boots is a must.
Our little pig friend has done very well. I was thankful when he was brought back to the barn to his mom and siblings, since I no longer had to be up twice a night to feed him a bottle.
As you can see, the piglet's left front knee is enlarged. I guess he isn't walking on it much, but sure keeps up with the rest of the crew. Jim said he is the best eater when it comes to the feed they are giving them in the weaning process.
And no, we didn't let him out of his box in the house on a regular basis, it was done only to see how well he could walk before getting him back to the barn.
I think the above photo was taken on Friday. Yes, we still have quite a bit of snow. The latest forecast is for another storm to hit Monday night and could last until some time Wednesday. May can't come soon enough for me!
The area surrounding Jonathan's chicken hoop house is fairly clear of snow, and the laying hens enjoyed getting outside once again. However, the chickens drifted closer and closer to the house, so Jonathan set up his electric poultry netting around the opening of the hoop house so they could be out but away from the house.
We are in a flyway of sorts, and it is always enjoyable to watch the Canadian geese returning.
One day last week David came running up to the house to let us know that Ebony had just had triplets! We knew she was huge, and suspected she would have a bunch. Last year she also had a set of triplets, but one died.
Jonathan and Peter held Ebony while the triplets had their first taste of colostrum. The last 2 born were on the weak side, so the day involved helping them to nurse every 4 hours. Everybody was doing very well by the end of the day. Goats only have 2 teats but all 3 seem to be getting enough milk.
While all the hoopla was happening, Samson was checking out Leah's kids.
Leah's kids were born almost 2 weeks ago, but they are the same size as the newly born triplets. We think Leah had her twins prematurely. Thankfully, all went well.
Jonathan's Rhode Island Red chicks are doing very well in the brooder. Every day he lowers the temperature so they will be acclimated to cooler weather when they go out of the brooder. I think Jonathan is scheduled to receive his first batch of broilers around May 1.
This is Milkah, Della's heifer calf. She sure is cute! We have her in with the goats. A lady we know from the area came over one day to burn off Milkah's horns, and showed Jim and Peter how to do it.
David needed something to help him climb onto Darla's back, so he and Peter constructed a stand to do the job. Darla is doing very well during her daily training sessions by Peter and David.
Posted by Lynn Bartlett at 8:38 PM