Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Storm pictures!

As requested, here are some pictures from the recent rain storms. Yesterday we had a break from the rain, but it's back again today.

These first 2 pictures are the bridge that we cross just about 2 miles from our house, it was at least a few feet deep. Normally this creek is dry.

This is my Grandma's driveway. . .

 Yup, that is road. You can't see it but to the left there is a creek and swimming hole that you usually have to walk about 6 feet down to get to the water. The whole thing is a creek now, even the entire road!

The next 2 photos are at Farmer's Coop. Again, this is normally completely dry. In the first picture, we'd usually drive down right where all that water is to get our bulk grain - there was no getting bulk grain this day :).

Hope you enjoyed ;)!


Monday, April 25, 2011

Aruba & Journey kidded... huge kids!

Wednesday morning Aruba (Bar-Jon Hershey's Aruba, PB Alpine doe) kidded to a huge single buckling out of our LaMancha buck Ranger. . . wish I could have bred the Alpine does Alpine, but the Alpine buckling was being rather lame. Anyway, she didn't have much trouble with the kidding and the buckling is gorgeous (although he looks LaMancha, haha!). He was 9 1/2 pounds at birth.

And yes, he was a single. The small kid with him in the 2 pictures below is Tic-Tac, the 2 lb baby goat! 9 1/2 lbs is a WHOLE lot bigger than 2 lbs. But, in the photos, Tic-Tac, at a week and a half old, was almost 5 lbs ;).

Early Saturday afternoon Journey went into labor, and after a rough delivery - the kid (another huge kid) was trying to come out upside down. If she was smaller it sure would've been easier! Thankfully we finally got her out and all was well. I didn't weigh her but she had to have been about 10 lbs. And yup, she was a single also and out of the LaMancha buck. . . never again (although they are b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l kids), simply because the crossbreds are big and hard on the does and because... I prefer ears :).

And while I'm at it, how could I not put up a recent picture of Mr. Tic-Tac? He's so sweet!

I also haven't put up a picture of Roxy, my dog, lately either. She's recovered so well from being rescued and really looks like a different dog. She listens so well and is so sweet.

We've been getting so much RAIN lately it's quite crazy. Northeast Oklahoma has turned into a big lake! It's great for the ground though and makes everything so green... great! I went out today with some of my family and shopped, everything was flowing! We got out the normal way, but on the way home the bridge had overflowed and was going pretty good! So since we had the livestock trailer we decided to go around the long way and no risk getting pushed down stream :). We got lots of great pictures and videos. It was a blast!

Have a good night y'all!


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Blueberry kidded...

... to 2 beautiful blue eyed doelings on Friday! Super easy birth, all went really well... especially since she had doe kids ;).

Peppy, the baby llama, is getting so big! His color is turning more brown than black like it was.

Have a good day everyone!


p.s. - the "tiny goat" (the 2 lb kid) is doing great and his name is Tic-Tac ;)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

the "Tiny Goat" and clippers

Today I took the "tiny goat" outside to try and get some pictures that really show how small he is.

Abby (a puppy) and the tiny goat,

Canuck, my sister's big Bullmastiff, with him,

this is "Tiny" and his sister. She is a normal sized MiniNubian kid,

so tiny!

this one really show's how small he is!

Below is "Flipper" (the LaMancha/Nubian doeling) and Verona's doe kid (and the bottle calf in the background),

I've been shaving udders a lot lately. Yesterday I gave Blueberry and Maple Nut kidding haircuts (although I am not sure that Maple is bred :(...). Last night milking time took a bit longer because I was shaving udders ;). And after milking this morning I brought Journey and Aruba in (both Alpine does) and gave them kidding cuts. They are due the 19th and 20th, and Blueberry is due today. They all look full of kids, especially Journey tho!

So, these are the 2 clippers that I use. The big one I use to clip anything except the udder. The little clippers are really really small, but they work GREAT and are so quiet most of the does don't fuss over their udders being clipped. Very nice. I just bought them off of Ebay for about $20 with shipping.

If you are looking to buy a pair of clippers to clip udders, I'd highly suggest these. They will only work well for udders though and small touch-ups. I use the big Oster clippers (have 2 pair of them) to clip everything else - they are very loud though, heavy, and kind of a pain to use but they work great and I got them for very cheap.

Have a great day!


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

a few photos

Just a few photos from the past week. . .

little Abby,


little Miss Flipper,

a fat lamb,

LaWanda and Aruba,


Peppy. . . he's getting so big!

spot pigs!


Monday, April 11, 2011

Verona kidded...

Late Friday morning Verona kidded to triplets. First was a beautiful, "perfect" doe kid with blue eyes. Second, a breach buckling came flying out - and he was TINY, the smallest kid I had ever seen. He weighed 2 lbs. After a little issue with the cord breaking (which we got dealt with), a third kid came out - a normal sized buckling, with blue eyes.

The little guy is doing great, and is just adorable. He looks like a little toy. The doeling is also doing good. The second buckling was eating and all, but all four of his feet were tight and folded up, so he didn't stand by himself for the first day. His legs have gotten stronger and he is able to stand now on his own, but could use splints on his legs. He will be going to a pet home where he will be rehabilitated and loved :).

the second buckling coming out... I thought it was a neat pic because you can see the kids head still in the sac,

this is the tiny little boy, he is so sweet. The first 24 hrs of his life I carried him around in this basket with me everywhere I went ;).

"tiny boy", or "Fighter", this evening. . . 

Friday my brother bought a calf. . . it's a heifer, and she's an older bottle calf. Since we have extra milk right now, she is getting bottled 2x a day.

Today I went with my brothers to go get some hogs that were in the trap, and took the camera along... so here's a few photos. All the trees are budding, getting leaves, and everything is getting green again - makes me happy!

just 2 guilts,

I'm tired, have a good night!


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

April 6th pics!

The past couple of weeks my brothers have been slowly working on another pasture fence. This will make it so no animals are kept up by the front gates - much better! We've been wanting to do this for a long time now it'd just been getting put on the "back burner". But, it's finally done and very nice. It gives the animals a lot more room. We close them up in the smaller yards at night (this will be one of the "smaller" yards, although it's a couple acres) and then in a few days after their bellies are used to the green grass, we'll let them out on the other 40 acres during the day.

So, my little sister had the camera out there this morning. . . here's a handful of pics!

Me and the pups checking the fence line to make sure no one can get out!

this is one of the gates that heads out to the back 40,

buds on the trees! Yay, summer is comin'!!


Honey Bun,

a few lambs,

the llamas,


The sheep, and Hug (close up),


the one Tunis sheep and her ram lamb,

Vibe and her bucklings,

Have a good day everyone!