Tuesday, February 24, 2009

BABIES!!

Well, they're finally here - some of them anyway!

Our AGS registered Nigerian Dwarf, Princess Di, was the first to freshen. She had a doeling and a buckling out of Davy Crockett (our Nigerian Dwarf buckling, who regretfully passed away last fall while we were on vacation). I was really surprised by the color combinations. I'm realizing grandparents have nearly as much influence over color as parents do.

This little tricolored doeling is "Mulan" (Sweet Pea got to name her):


This little black and white buckling is "Sam Houston":


This morning our 50/50 Nigerian Dwarf/Nubian cross (1st generation Mini-Nubian), Chinaberry, gave birth to twins out of Robin our IDGR record grade Nubian buck. These two kids are still first generation Mini-Nubian since I bred back to full Nubian, but I did so to get the dropped ears and Nubian profile. I think it worked. They both have ears to the tip of their chins, so I don't *think* they will pull up to airplane. But I'm a little more confident about the doeling's ears than the buckling's.

This little doeling is "Cranberry". She is a tiny little version of her grandmother Birdie - except she's got blue eyes:



This little buckling is "Little John". He looks alot like Mom, but his white blanket looks alot like Dad's:



I think I'll keep all 4 of these kids. I'm pretty thrilled. I have 2 other does due to kid any moment, and 1 to kid in April. I may end up selling Cherry (75/50 Nigerian/Nubian) and her kid/s (out of Davy), cause they don't really fit with my breeding plan. I'll wait and see what she has though. I think I want to look for a mature AGS registered Nigerian buck, as I'll need a mate for Princess Di and Birdie this fall. I could potentially breed Sam Houston to Birdie to get a 50/50, but I'd probably have to wait for him to reach full maturity. Anywhoo... This is so much fun!!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Bad Blogger

There are always lot's of things I want to post, but I just never get to it. We sold Jack B. Quick down the road awhile back. He was a wild little thing, and I felt he needed to find a home quick, so someone who knew what they were doing could settle him down. It was a little hard to hear him hollar as they drove off. Ace and Messie Bessie stood around all day looking down the road like they were waiting for him to come back. They seemed ok the next day though.




Messie Bessie has settled down, and she's putting weight back on (nursing took alot out of her). I road her briefly and can't wait to start riding again soon.

All 14 chickens made it to maturity. We are getting on average 8 nice big brown eggs a day. We got a farm collie name Sugars who accidentally wounded 2 of the hens on the neck. (Sugars has to stay in the front yard now unless she is supervised - my bad, for giving an adolescent too much freedom.) The first looked pretty terrible, so we decided to eat it. I held it down, and Daddy Bear cut it's head off - wow, we had no idea a chicken could run so far without a head! It wasn't much eating. The second we decided to try to save. Chickens heal amazingly! I cleaned the wound with iodine and applied neosporine - I wrapped it so the skin would join (it was about a 2 inch laceration to the skin). I think now maybe that was unneccesary, but it probably didn't hurt. 2 weeks later it's nearly completely healed with only a tiny scar.



The little chicken molestor is considerably bigger now - I should take more pictures!
Kidding time is coming soon - can't wait!!