Goings on for a Sunday morning.

Pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea, whatever your pleasure, and sit a spell.  it’s Sunday. Just a little summary of the farm family goings on. First we have the Hippie Chicks and the Guinea Hens.  Not much going on there.  They basically do their own thing, expect treats and mind their own business..except the guinea hens are nuts.  Every night the Hippie Chicks tuck themselves into bed in the Hippie Chick Inn and the Guinea Hens are all over the place.  I have to bribe them with mealworms to get them inside. (maybe they aren’t that dumb??) Then we have Mo the mini donkey and Thunder the mini horse.  They are a team with Thunder leading the way.  They also control the barnyard.  They go where they want and do what they want and everyone lets them.  Right now Mo is mad at me.  I’m not sure why…

It was a very good year

“When I was….. um,”.  Lets just say last year, 2014, was a very good year.  It was a very good year for new beginnings.  We had a few.  Hauser Our little baby Cocoa More Hippie Chicks Our newest member to the family.  Grandson Travis Baby bunnies Guinea Hens!  (very noisy guinea hens!) The 3 Stooges….Alpacas!! Moe, Curly and Larry….yuck, yuck, yuck! Beaks.  Our little lost Parakeet She found a permanent home and a new friend, Blue.  Beak and Blue. Honey Bees! Last but not least. Mo.  Mr. Molashes and Thunder. When I was ……. ah…  It was a very good year.  It was a very good year for new friends and old. The Bunkhouse opened it’s doors to our first guests.  Mo’Riches Bridget and our hubs….Cheers to new friends! and more guests who soon became friends. Facebook friends that came to visit and friends that I hadn’t seen since elementary…

Wonderful Fall Weekend

I have been so excited and I admit more than a little nervous about this coming weekend.  I’d been wanting to host an open house forever so I finally bit the bullet. It was long over due.  Anyway, I got a few nudges from Facebook friends and I knew it was now or never.  I think everyone had a ball.  I know we certainly did. October 17, 2014 We started this weekend on friday night when we had some very special guests at our house for dinner.  You know how we live close by the Abbey of Regina Laudis, actually smack dab in the middle of it?  Well my husband is very good friends with a lot of the people there and ever since we moved into our home we have been trying to get together with them for a house blessing.  Well 2 years have passed but we finally…

Reasons

I’ve been a bad, bad blogger.  I’ve been MIA.  I told myself that I wasn’t going to do this, just disappear for days, weeks with not even a hello, or a goodbye.  I’m so ashamed.  But… and there is always a but… I have had good reason.  Well several good reasons actually. Reason #1. My son Kristopher is playing Rugby and he just celebrated his 18th birthday. He is my youngest and a darn good Rugby player! After every game both teams get together to share a meal, so I’ve been cooking lots and lots of pasta! 4 pounds of baked ziti! Reason #2 The weather is just starting to warm up, the snow is gone and I can finally get outside in my gardens.  They needed to be raked, cut back, fertilized and readied for planting. I made rooting hormone using willow branches I planted my cold weather crops like…

Our first visit at The Bethlehem Bunkhouse!

The Bethlehem Bunkhouse opened it’s door this weekend. Come on in and stay awhile. We had our very first guests come Friday night for a romantic get-away weekend.  I was feeling very excited because this was a women I had met from Facebook and we became good friends through the world of blogging.  If you have some time please go pay Bridget a visit here to read her wonderful stories and too funny adventures.  Give her a hug for me, ok? I wanted everything to be perfect for her and her husband Eric. I wanted them to feel at home. Does that look like a chicken to you? We had a major snowstorm the day before they came. Then more snow the next morning. Even more snow while they were here.  We got a whole lotta snow! All the way up to our dining room windows! I was afraid they…

A day in the sun!

The weather in my part of town has been pretty dreary lately.  It is January after all so I expect the snow and because it is New England I even expect the freezing cold.  But what we have been getting is rain and fog and mud.  Lots and lots of mud. Lots and lots of mud.  Oh, and poop. Today the sun came out for a little while and it was actually pretty warm so I grabbed the opportunity to let everyone out to play. First I took the Goatee Girls out for a walk and then I let them hang out in the back yard for a few hours.  It is all fenced in so I don’t have to worry about them wandering off.  I even gave them our Christmas Wreath to nibble on. Pip is exploring I think I even got a smile from Dutchess! Bambi enjoying the…

Goat First-Aid Kit

If you have animals you need to have an emergency first-aid kit available.  It is a must and something that can make the difference between life and death.  I speak from experience… I found out the hard way. Each animal is different and will have different needs so prepare accordingly.  It is especially important when you are dealing with livestock because unlike small animals, dogs or cats, most times you will need to address any issues that arise on your own.  A trip to the vet isn’t always easy and if you do have a vet that deals with livestock they may not be able to get to your house right away and you will need to be prepared. The first thing you want to do is keep a list of emergency numbers posted.  You can keep one in the barn or coop, and another one inside your first-aid kit,…

Cajeta’s story

Last weekend our farm family suffered a tragedy.  Our two Nubian goats became very sick with bloat and Cajeta our little momma passed away.  Bloat is often times caused by overeating, a change in diet, eating foods that produce a lot of gas and even certain types of weeds can create an imbalance causing bloat.  They say if a goat is stressed from a move to a new place it can weaken their rumen making them more susceptible to bloat.  I’m not sure what caused our two babies to bloat, maybe a combination of different things, but they did and it was fatal for Cajeta. It was a Thursday night and our son could hear the goats outside screaming.  When we went to check on them we knew immediately that something was wrong.  Their abdomens were obviously distended and they were screaming and grinding their teeth.  It was a sign…

Our Farm Family

Our Farm Family is growing.  What started with six little baby chicks in April has now evolved into 9 chickens, 1 rooster, 1 swiss mountain dog and 4 goats.  If that isn’t enough there is a good chance that one of the goats is pregnant and due in March.  Little kids… and I’m keeping them!! I thought maybe you folks might enjoy seeing a few pictures of the crew.  Again. 🙂 You’ve seen Dutch once or twice but I don’t think you’ve seen his fancy ear-do. I had to throw this in here because it just cracks me up.  He’s trying to look all serious but then his ear just makes him look so silly!  Poor Dutch is having a hard time with all these new friends on the farm.  He is still just a puppy and although he is extremely good natured around everyone he just wants to run…

Cajeta! Yes Please!

Got Milk??  Yes I do and lots of it.  I get 2 quarts of delicious, creamy goats milk a day.  I milk 2 of my 4 goats every morning and they each give me a quart.  I could get more if I milked them again at night but right now I’m fine with what I’m getting so I leave it at that.  My freezer drawer is full of quart bags waiting to be made into soap and my fridge has 5 quarts of fresh milk on the shelf and I’ll get 2 more tomorrow.  I figure I better learn what I can do with all this milk and I better learn fast! I gotta tell ya that the hubs had this great idea to paint the jar lids with chalkboard paint so I can keep track of the freshness date.  The “P” means it was pasteurized.  Isn’t he smart!  The…