Monday, April 2, 2012

Too Tired To Post

Just like these bunnies born a few weeks ago, all I want to do is sleep.
The too cold to too warm and back temperatures of this spring have got me as messed up as our animals.
On the nice days Wifey and I have been outside doing the necessary tasks around the place.  Cleaning out pens and moving the ducks to the outside goat pen.
Yes that IS snow falling.  At the start of a blizzard with thunder and lightening.

After digging a mini-pond and lining it, filing it and clipping flight feathers we have no more luck keeping the ducks inside than we did with the goats or dogs.  I think this pen is jinxed and we will have to tear it down and rebuild it in another spot.  Closer to the other animals is my thought. Right now it is off all by itself, but in a wonderful shaded to sunny spot, protected from the prevailing winds.

We also became the proud parents of a mini-goat.
Her name is Hershey.

She was born last of a litter of four to our neighbor's Dwarf/Pygmy mix goat.  She was the runt of the litter and was weak and couldn't stand or nurse and it's siblings were trampling all over it.  She was half the size of the rest of them and he just didn't have time to care for her as he had 10 other kids to care for.  So he gave her to Wifey to try to save.  We have been bottle feeding her and caring for her just like a baby.
Grandson Owen likes her.

Granddaughter Aden & Owen enjoyed making sure
she gets her exercise, and big old Bear supervising.

She has steadily improved and is now getting around like any goat-ling. She enjoys her romps with our other goats on the nice days and is showing interest in eating what they do.

We also got some new chicks last week and house them in the old indoor duck pen.

We bought 25 Cornish Cross meat birds, 6 Barred Rock pullets and 6 Buff Orphington pullets.

I also have the incubator loaded up with chicken, duck, guinea, goose and quail eggs.  When I woke up this morning and went to feed Hershey, I heard peeping from the incubator.  Lo and behold, 7 baby quail hatched during the night.  So now I have to set up a brooder for them too.

Well as my Mother-in Law used to say, "No rest for the wicked or the weary."
I think I am S.O.L. because I seem to be both........


Reddunappy said...

OMG Hershey is the cutest thing ever!!!

warren said...

I wonder if wifey could litter train that goat? Cool indoor pet!

GreyWolf said...

Redddunappy: Yes she is, and that is the problem. I am afraid we are making a monster here. I can already see what she will become.

Warren: Well she is pretty much an indoor pet. She resides on the back porch in a cage. She now can get into the litter-box that is there for the cats (who never use it) in case the weather is too nasty for them to use their pet door. I suppose it wouldn't be too hard to start training her by placing her in it when we take her out of her cage. However, I really don't want a 3 ft. x 5 ft. litter box in my house when she grows up. If that idea is fine with you, then sure I will do it. And then send her to you for your family pet. She already loves to climb and I am sure she would find stairs no problem so she could follow you all over just like a puppy. And she likes to ride in the truck and on the golf cart, so she could also go to work with you and would make a fine office mascot. Just let me know how soon you would like her shipped to your address.