Winter at the Farm, 2013-2014 (Photos)

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It’s been an exciting winter for us so far. 

We managed to get our pole barn up at the last minute this past fall, and it’s a good thing since Mother Nature decided it was time to give us one heck of a winter.  Between the cold, snow, and wind we haven’t gotten much else done, just trying to keep everyone warm, their water dishes from freezing, and not getting frost bite ourselves.

We started lambing and kidding the end of January, beginning February and so far so good.  We’ve had five lambs, six goats, and six litters of rabbits born.

 

The Kids are colorful:
Daisy and her Kids, a doe and a buck, (Boer crosses)
Daisy and her Kids, a doe and a buck, (Boer crosses)
Vera and her kids, two bucks  (Boer, Tog, Nubian crosses)
Vera and her kids, two bucks (Boer, Tog, Nubian crosses)
David holding one of the kids
David holding one of the kids
Tinkey and her two bucks (Boer, Nubian Crosses)
Tinkey and her two bucks (Boer, Nubian Crosses)
They like to sleep in their grain bucket
They like to sleep in their grain bucket
...but want to sleep in the feed buckets which is a problem when we try to feed the moms
They love their bucket
Sleepy goats...already missing the bucket.
…already missing the bucket.
Our chocolate ram lamb
Our chocolate ram lamb
Lambs and Moms
Lambs and Moms

The lambs are mischievous; the chocolate lamb keeps jumping up on top of the backs of the ewes in with him.

The Katahdin Ewe, and her Ewe lamb, the red colors are my favorite
The Katahdin Ewe, and her Ewe lamb, the red colors are my favorite
Little Hugoat (no your eyes didn’t deceive you he is a lamb, with a goats name) had to be bottle fed
Little Hugoat (no your eyes didn’t deceive you he is a lamb, with a goats name) had to be bottle fed

 

The rabbits are cute, but little piggies
Lionhead rabbits
Lionhead rabbits
That crème color is gorgeous! Crème de Argent crosses with New Zealand/Flemish
That crème color is gorgeous! Crème de Argent crosses with New Zealand/Flemish
Our Giant Chinchilla Cross babies
Our Giant Chinchilla Cross babies

 

 

We’ve also made some additions to our flock, a trio of LaManchas
A trio of LaManchas
A trio of LaManchas
Kisses!
Kisses!

 

 

And a few young Boer/Keiko crosses that are built like little tanks
Boer/Keiko crosses
Boer/Keiko crosses
Boer/Keiko crosses
Boer/Keiko crosses

 

People have been moved to new pens due to weather, new additions, a hungry fox problem, and the fact that some just don’t like the pens they were in.

Such as our female rabbit, who decided to escape her pen to run around the garage.  Perhaps we should pen her back up but she’s been cleaning up spills, terrorizing the boys, and being just to funny to want to lock her up.

Mr. Badger on the other hand didn’t’ like the fact that we removed him from his girls, so he decided to jump his fence, and then jump the girls fence, and with the fact his legs could get tangled, or he could hurt himself on the ice we just left him.

Sheep
Mr.Badger
Mr. Badger
Loosey-Goosey

 

 

It’s been an interesting winter so far, filled with many learning experiences, and some adventures.  We are sure it’s just going to keep getting crazier, but we can’t wait.

 

One Response

  1. Vive Hugoat! I think his name is pretty funny and the rest of these pictures are just great! Looking forward to seeing and reading more 🙂

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