Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Fencing Day

Throughout April my Worker Boy seemed to be given the task of pulling me out of the mud. I got stuck going through the pasture, stuck on one of the grid roads that I didn't realize would be so muddy, stuck with the quad when I got too close to the slough. He'd get home and ask what was new and I would say "nothing, same old same old...I'm stuck again."

So you can imagine my delight when we were fencing and he got the tractor stuck. Well, not really delight be it was nice to know that I wasn't the only person who could get stuck in the mud. At least I'm not a stick in the mud as my Auntie Stel used to say.

Worker Boy had to call on our neighbour to bring over his big Alice Chamers (not sure if the spelling is correct) to lend some aid to the situation. Thanks Cal.

After the fence work was done I got into our truck to head back to the house and guess what...I got stuck.

Joshua and Fiona

Today we had three extra worker boys at the farm to help with fencing and other farm chores. Here Joshua was feeding little Fiona. Fiona is a Suffolk/Clun Forest cross. Her mother doesn't have enough milk for Fiona's big brother and herself so she lets me help out with a bottle a day. Fiona must be getting enough to eat because she doesn't finish all of her bottle now. Joshua was quite perturbed that Fiona didn't want to finish her bottle. He enjoyed helping feed her.

After he finished feeding Fiona Joshua headed for the hen building and collected the eggs. I think he counted twenty-seven eggs. We have Auracana hens and other breeds and Joshua seemed to enjoy picking up the green/blue eggs the best.

We had two fellows here from Bethany College, following a fabulous concert, and before I took them to town to get on the bus I fed them....green eggs and ham. Great thing is one of the boy's name is Sam and the other boy, Benjamin seemed quite happy to recite the Dr. Suess book Green Eggs and Ham as they ate. It was quite fun.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

It's always nice to get the barn yard all cleaned up and mowed and what better way to get this done than hiring some help. We have several Clun Forest ewes with their lambs meandering around getting those hard to reach places the mower just can't get at. In no time they will have it all neat and tidy and we'll move them on to another spot that needs mowing.
We will also set up fencing around the house so the sheep can mow the grass down. Saves on fuel and also helps the grass with nature's Weed and Feed.


Mother Muscovey Duck hatched our her babies starting Monday May 10 and by Tuesday evening she felt she was done with it. She left three eggs un hatched so she must know they are duds. She took her seven babies around to the fenced in area on a little walk-about / farm yard orientation tour. She was smart enough to move them to an area that is fenced off from dogs, sheep, goats, where they will be safe.

Sunday, April 25, 2010


April 25th, 2010

I have no comment.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

What is it Maamaa

This little hen decided to hop into the lambs area and check things out as you can see the Suffolk lamb is quite interested in what it is. His sister didn't care to investigate and opted to stay napping.
The little hen checked out a few other lamb pens and then decided that she'd had enough and when back to her own area.

Count Your Chickens

I ordered some Red Rock pullet chicks from Rochester Hatchery. They arrived this morning and I put them with a little banty hen who was sitting on "dud" eggs. She seemed so pleased with herself. She kept looking around as I placed the chicks near her. She must wonder how she could be sitting on seven eggs but end up with 26 baby chicks.
I checked on them a while ago and they are all happy and were jumping up on their new mother and she was clucking away telling them how wonderful they are.
I guess spring is here. We're even considering planting potatoes on the weekend. That's a good sign.

Friday, April 16, 2010


Lambing has begun here at Wind 'n' Woolly Acres. Here is a Clun Forest ewe with her just born twin lambs. They are barely ten minutes old and already following their mother's directions.

We had some rain last week and things have greened up nicely. Getting to the point where we can start to rototill the garden and think about what we want to plant. I have already started a lot of seeds indoors. I just pray that we continue to get rain each week so things will grow nicely.

Monday, March 29, 2010

We called this Rambouillet ewe "wide load" last year and as you can see she's keeping up to her nick-name. She isn't actually due for another ten days. Several of the ewes look like they are going to lamb right on the first due date.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Shearing Day

Woke up to fog and poor visability but soon the sun was out and turned into a beautiful day. Good day for shearing.

Maria and Cliff

Val was in a stall at the back skirting and bagging the fleeces we want to keep for sale or our own use. Val knows so much more about wool than either Worker Boy or I and she was able to tell which ones were the best quality. So helpful too.

In a few hours we were all done and in the house eating supper. The sheep were all fed and bedded down in nice thick straw and seemed happy with their new wool-do's.

Now the next thing to get ready for is lambing that should start on or around April 9th.