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Cavalli Runner
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Brenda
Mercer MO
USA
249 Posts

Posted - Jun 09 2011 :  3:52:22 PM  Show Profile
Monica, so glad you are clear of the fires. That would be the scariest thing I could think of, I think.

Guess what, ladies! I found out two days ago my mare is pregnant and ready to foal any time now! Talk about a shock. Here we had her on a "diet" because we thought she was just gaining too much weight! I am still trying to figure out if she came to me just barely pregnant (we've had her 371 days...which is not impossible...and the girl did have a stallion who has been known to impregnate mares unawares), or if the gelding we were boarding when I got her was not really a gelding, or else my donkey is not really a gelding. If that foal comnes out a mule, that lady lied to me about more than one thing!At least if it is not a mule, I will know for sure it is 100% quarterhorse...just won't know for sure which is the sire. I was just breathing a sigh of relief that lambing was over! HA!

Hope you are all doing well. I can't believe how busy spring on the farm actually is. I love this life, though! There's always some crazy thing happening.

Have a good one.

Happy Farming!
Brenda Larson

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oldfashioned girl
True Blue Farmgirl

2391 Posts

monica
oatman az
USA
2391 Posts

Posted - Jun 09 2011 :  9:04:44 PM  Show Profile
Brenda, Life is full of surprises isn't it!!:)

Monica
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grace gerber
True Blue Farmgirl

2804 Posts

grace
larkspur colorado
USA
2804 Posts

Posted - Jun 10 2011 :  06:36:30 AM  Show Profile
Brenda I guess if one thing we learn about having animals is always be prepared for the unplanned!! There are more times then I can count that I had some expecting when there was no males around - I think they fly over the fence at night go clear acroos 35 acres and back before dawn. I am having a strange events to figure out. My very old wether goat Sugar has mysterially been doing some teleporting. I take him out in the morning to eat in the back yard and enjoy the day - when I return he is back in his pen. The strange thing is the two different gates that got to his pen are locked and designed that no animal can push it in. For 15 years there has never been an issue and now this has happened three times. I decided to watch him closely Thrusday to see how he is doing it. I kept an eye on him for hours and then when I ran to get the phone (roofing quotes) I was gone for only 3 minutes at best and when I returned he was back in the pen. Like I said never a dull moment here either...

Good luck with the foal - keeping my fingers crossed that the little one is full horse.

Grace Gerber
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grace gerber
True Blue Farmgirl

2804 Posts

grace
larkspur colorado
USA
2804 Posts

Posted - Jun 12 2011 :  2:40:08 PM  Show Profile
Has anyone else had bottle babies who are a bit shy on drinking water?? Now that the temps are climbing around here I notice that for the first time ever two of my three bottle kids do not really drink water much.. They are down to two bottles a day so I give them water in small buckets that they can easily drink from but yet they do not.. This is the first time in all my years that I have experienced this one... Hate for them to get into trouble. Today I gave some water in a bottle just because it was so hot and did not wish to worry all day... Any Ideas?

Grace Gerber
Larkspur Funny Farm and Fiber Art Studio

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kristin sherrill
True Blue Farmgirl

11303 Posts

kristin
chickamauga ga
USA
11303 Posts

Posted - Jun 13 2011 :  1:59:11 PM  Show Profile
Grace, my little ram lamb is drinking water. He's 1 month old. He's getting 2 bottles 3 times a day now. And he's eating all kinds of things. I can't take him in the garden with me anymore. He likes to nibble on brocolli and grape leaves and beets. So he can't go anymore. He is eating grass too. He has grown so much.

I just went to look at 3 Katahdin-Dorper cross ewe lambs. They are 6 months old. And could possibly be bred. But it was just yesterday. I am so excited! And they are just up the mountain from me. I am getting them tomorrow on the way home. They are pretty big girls.

So now I am thinking that I'll keep the ram a ram and by fall, if the ewes have not had lambs, he will be old enough to breed them. What do you think of that mix though? He is Hampshire, Suffolk and another breed and the ewes are Katahdin-Dorper. I think all are meat breeds. So if I were to sell them as meat lambs, that would be a good cross, I hope. Any thoughts?

Brenda, has your horse had her foal yet?

Kris

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Sheep Mom 2
True Blue Farmgirl

1534 Posts

Sheri
Elk WA
USA
1534 Posts

Posted - Jun 17 2011 :  6:11:11 PM  Show Profile
Hi all. It sure has been quiet over here lately. I guess everyone has been as busy as I have. I enjoyed reading about your adventures, Grace and am so glad that Sugar is doing better and excited about the new one. What a doll baby!!

New arrival here too - an early baby to my step-son made her arrival yesterday afternoon - Little Abygail arrived three weeks earlier than expected but Mom and baby are doing well. Now I can relax as both babies are here and healthy.

The weather here has been cold and windy - feels like April not mid-June. Finally took the plunge and set the plants in the garden. Hopefully the wind doesn't shred them before they have a chance to set in. Lots and lots of grass in the pasture from all this rain so the sheep are happy little campers. Hope all is well with everyone.



Blessings, Sheri

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grace gerber
True Blue Farmgirl

2804 Posts

grace
larkspur colorado
USA
2804 Posts

Posted - Jun 18 2011 :  07:47:19 AM  Show Profile
Hi Sheri I am thrilled that Abygail and Mother are doing well. I hope you now get to relax and enjoy.

Yep, the new baby was very much a surprize here - she is doing great and the naming contest started on my blog - prizes and bragging rights are at stake...

Sugar is still with us this morning. He had two more mini strokes last night but came thru and is still here. I can say this is really wearing me down but I would not just leave him alone. Right now he is napping with Kasha after we did our morning slow walk to eat some grass. I am so thankful for everyone prayers - he is such a sweet old bud...

Have a great day everyone.

Grace Gerber
Larkspur Funny Farm and Fiber Art Studio

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Sheep Mom 2
True Blue Farmgirl

1534 Posts

Sheri
Elk WA
USA
1534 Posts

Posted - Jun 18 2011 :  09:42:28 AM  Show Profile
Good morning. I know helping Sugar is taking it's toll on you - it's so hard to let go of a friend we have had for so many years. Know that you are always in my thoughts and prayers. Any good news with the insurance issues? Hope all is well.

Was hoping to do some more planting this morning but the weather looks a bit dicey. Now the guessers say we will be up in the 80's next week which is really hard on everyone after this cool weather. Maybe the wind will finally quit and I can get some wool picked and washed. I had the racks all set up and ready to go a month ago and then the weather went south again. Hope everyone has a wonderful and productive weekend.

Blessings, Sheri

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lsarah
True Blue Farmgirl

256 Posts

Lori
Greenwood Arkansas
USA
256 Posts

Posted - Jun 18 2011 :  6:28:44 PM  Show Profile
Well, we now have more sheep. The other lady here in town that was raising longwool sheep decided to rehome them all because she just thought they were too much upkeep. While we didn't take them all, we did take 10. Danny happened to be coming this way this last week, and he sheared them for us, they needed it badly. We got 4 Gotlands, 1 Wensleydale mama and her twin rams, and one Cotswold mama and her twins. One of the Gotland rams got away from us two nights ago. He was black, and it was after dark, what a combo. We tried and tried and tried to get him back up, but he managed to get way out and crossed the highway. By 10 o'clock that night, I had already taken a graceful spill, which I thought had broken my wrist,turned out it is a badly sprained thumb, so I convinced Stan to let the coyotes have him. Stan got up the next morning and went on the hunt, and found him perfectly fine, but still couldn't catch him. This morning, our neighbor called and said the ram was standing in his front yard. This dude had traveled a mile or so and re-crossed the highway to get back here. We managed to trick him into going into a pen, and I took another graceful spill trying to catch him again. But he is now safely in the ram pen. This bundle of trouble is getting casterated this fall. I put some pictures of the new sheep on my blog.

It is hot, hot here. High humidity, which makes it even more fun. But I will trade this over thick mud any day.

~Lori

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

3282 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3282 Posts

Posted - Jun 19 2011 :  04:55:37 AM  Show Profile
Lori I hope your new sheep behave for you. YOu will have lots of different fibers to play with!
Sheri hope your weather turns nice for you. We are wet here again.
Grace hope all is going well for you and everyone else here. Summer time is busy time!
Waiting here on the waather to cut hay. Got some done, but fought with the haybine when I was able to cut. Did a good maintence on it, and hopefully it runs without problems now.

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grace gerber
True Blue Farmgirl

2804 Posts

grace
larkspur colorado
USA
2804 Posts

Posted - Jun 19 2011 :  07:38:39 AM  Show Profile
Lori it sounds like you are getting your hands full... I have a billy like that - was lost for four years from a farm I sold him to and then we got a call from DOW stating they needed help catching a wild goat - went to help and there was my guy - wild yes but alive. The person I sold him to lost him on the second day... Good luck and once he settles I am sure he will be fine. Glad to hear your Graceful falls did not create too much bodily harm..

Michele good luck on the haying - be careful around those machines.

Sugar update on the blog but he is still with us. The wee one is chipper and healthy.. The naming contest for her is on the blog - there are great prizes and time to enter.

Hope everyone has a great Father's Day - my son Nick is on the road working and won't be back till late tonight so they will celebrate later in the week. He sure is one great day. Also my youngest son turn 24 years old on Friday - boy that sure made me feel old. Great Day Ladies.

Grace Gerber
Larkspur Funny Farm and Fiber Art Studio

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oldfashioned girl
True Blue Farmgirl

2391 Posts

monica
oatman az
USA
2391 Posts

Posted - Jun 20 2011 :  9:48:58 PM  Show Profile
I am still here!! I have been busy trying to get some things in order! Our house situation is completely up in the air right now! Apparently someone is buying the house! It may end up being a blessing in at least giving us time to get a plan together to get out of here!!:) I have working on some new things for the shop including some new tags and I was featured in an online spinning magazine!!Yippee!! I guess I have had my 15 minutes of fame now!! haha!! If you want to read the article it's at http://www.spinartiste.com/featured-artist-monica-thompson-of-just-ducky-hand-spun-yarn

Sheri, Congrats on the new grand baby!! Glad to hear that baby and mommy are doing well!

Grace, I am praying for you and Sugar!! Tell Conrad, Happy Birthday for me!:)

Monica
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lsarah
True Blue Farmgirl

256 Posts

Lori
Greenwood Arkansas
USA
256 Posts

Posted - Jun 21 2011 :  04:13:33 AM  Show Profile
Monica - Your article is way too cool! Congratulations!

~Lori

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oldfashioned girl
True Blue Farmgirl

2391 Posts

monica
oatman az
USA
2391 Posts

Posted - Jun 21 2011 :  12:18:22 PM  Show Profile
Lori, Thank you!!:)

Monica
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RedGateGal
True Blue Farmgirl

94 Posts

Danielle
Watertown TN
USA
94 Posts

Posted - Jun 21 2011 :  2:30:17 PM  Show Profile
Brenda and Grace,
Thank you for the advice back on page 244 regarding our issue with a Boer goat ramming our new nanny who was pregnant. She gave birth on Sunday morning to a very healthy Billy...we have separated them from the other two and everything seems to be going fine. I love this forum...I did not know where to turn and you guys were so helpful. Thanks!!! You guys are officially "God Goat Mothers" now! LOL

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grace gerber
True Blue Farmgirl

2804 Posts

grace
larkspur colorado
USA
2804 Posts

Posted - Jun 21 2011 :  3:15:46 PM  Show Profile
I am thrilled to here of your new addition Danielle - what did you name him??? Do you have pictures?? Glad we could help and that is what we all do for each other - share what we know and learn from others too... Again, Congrat's..

Grace Gerber
Larkspur Funny Farm and Fiber Art Studio

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RedGateGal
True Blue Farmgirl

94 Posts

Danielle
Watertown TN
USA
94 Posts

Posted - Jun 21 2011 :  7:03:26 PM  Show Profile
Grace- yes...I am so excited...guess because it's our first born on the farm. Anyway, I do have pics and will have to wait to upload them from my phone. We originally named the little goat Roxie...but upon further investigation we found out Roxie was a ROCKY. I'll post pics tomorrow. But you can click on my blog and see the pictures. I think you already subscribe to it.

thanks again!

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Cavalli Runner
True Blue Farmgirl

249 Posts

Brenda
Mercer MO
USA
249 Posts

Posted - Jun 21 2011 :  7:22:25 PM  Show Profile
That's so sweet, Danielle! Thanks for making me a goat's godmother! LOL! I'm honored. So glad to hear he is doing well.
Monica, I will have to go and read that article. I'll bet it's great.
Been busy here. Still no foal, but the vet says she is definately pregnant (well, he's as sure as he can be). So, we are just waiting.
My son who lives in Japan will be here this weekend with his little family. They will be here two weeks and we are very excited...haven't seen them in almost two years.


Happy Farming!
Brenda Larson

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Sheep Mom 2
True Blue Farmgirl

1534 Posts

Sheri
Elk WA
USA
1534 Posts

Posted - Jun 22 2011 :  06:56:44 AM  Show Profile
Good Morning all. How exciting Monica - great article. I was wondering how things were going with you as it had been awhile since you've posted. Congrats Danielle on your new addition. I'll bet you are excited to see your Son and family after two years and an earthquake, Brenda.

Have been working in the garden non stop trying to make up for lost time and got lots done but managed to make my hands so stiff and sore that I think no weeding today but am going to try to get all my flowers potted up in their baskets and pots if my hands cooperate. I am having a get together here on Sunday with my kids and their two new babies, my MIL and SIL and my other SIL from Ohio who is coming in today for a several week visit. Good times.

Blessings, Sheri

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grace gerber
True Blue Farmgirl

2804 Posts

grace
larkspur colorado
USA
2804 Posts

Posted - Jun 23 2011 :  5:12:08 PM  Show Profile
Sheri sounds like you will have your house full - great times. Brenda - I know you must be so excited to have your son and his family with you. I am sure the worry of all that happened will melt away the moment you see each other.

Cute goatie picture, but then there is nothing sweeter. However this morning my new goat baby put me into heart failure - she is really a rascal... Sugar had a hard day today - I will shear in the next day or two because the temp is too hot for the old guy - heck it is too hot for this old gal. He hates haircuts and would only let me do it if he got to stand next to his brother Casper. Now that Casper is gone it should be interesting... No rest for the wicked.

Grace Gerber
Larkspur Funny Farm and Fiber Art Studio

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grace gerber
True Blue Farmgirl

2804 Posts

grace
larkspur colorado
USA
2804 Posts

Posted - Jun 28 2011 :  07:50:00 AM  Show Profile
I know everyone is busy and the holiday is coming up - just checking in to make sure we are all kicking....

Sugar is still with us but a bit more grumpy today - the heat is to get almost 100 today and so we are all grumpy..

Hope all is well with everyone.

Grace Gerber
Larkspur Funny Farm and Fiber Art Studio

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Sheep Mom 2
True Blue Farmgirl

1534 Posts

Sheri
Elk WA
USA
1534 Posts

Posted - Jun 28 2011 :  6:43:57 PM  Show Profile
Hi everyone. Yes busy is the operative word around here trying to play catch up with our crazy weather putting me so far behind. Nothing like doing April work in late June. I am getting ready to sit at my wheel and spin for awhile - well deserved peaceful creative time. Glad to hear Sugar is still here. Loved the Moth story, Grace. Any news about your roof?

Anyone doing anything special for the 4th? Me - I always stay home on fire watch with my crazy neighbors and their fireworks. The critters all go crazy with the noise and I worry about forest fires. We have been much wetter this year but that also means lots of tall grass. Hope everyone is doing well and has a safe 4th.

Blessings, Sheri

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Cavalli Runner
True Blue Farmgirl

249 Posts

Brenda
Mercer MO
USA
249 Posts

Posted - Jun 28 2011 :  7:15:35 PM  Show Profile
Just staying busy with a variety of things this year. I have two sets of kids here complete with wives and grands. Plus, trying to stay on top of my regular chores. Had one ewe left to scissor clip (what a matted mess she was) due to the fact that she missed the shearer this spring. I hope I never have to do that again! Next year I am going to try "plucking".

It's starting to warm up. I think some of Greg's family will be down for the fourth. We'll probably cook out for lunch. I don't think they'll stay around late enough to do the fireworks, which suits me fine. I'm usually ready to go to bed as soon as the sun does! LOL!

Hope everyone is doing well.

Happy Farming!
Brenda Larson

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grace gerber
True Blue Farmgirl

2804 Posts

grace
larkspur colorado
USA
2804 Posts

Posted - Jun 28 2011 :  8:16:15 PM  Show Profile
Thanks Sheri for reading the blog - the moth was amazing. Sugar struggled with the heat today and it might reach 100 Wednesday. I am with you Sheri I always am watching for fires on the 4th because the neighbors do not use their brain even when we have been on alert for a month now...

Brenda - WOW your house sounds full and life is very bigger.. Brenda I dont know if you have ever tried this shearing technique for Icelandic's. When they start to break their fleece down the back I would just put them between my legs and used a sharp knife and do what is called peeling... That way you are cutting the fleece that has broken and leaving the shorter fibers. This gives you a fleece that does not require much work on the skirting table. It is how still in Iceland many farms still shear and we are talking 500 or more sheep per farm. I love that method..

As for the roof - got a great company today and will be going with them but I still have one more company tomorrow because I had set the appointment already... Having a contractor coming tomorrow for the two doors and three windows that where chattered also. The barn we are still trying to figure how to get the damaged one out...Having real issues because I can not have tires that have been on other farms in the pastures.. Tricky but working on it.

Everyone be safe this holiday and hope for rain because we have not seen a drop.

Grace Gerber
Larkspur Funny Farm and Fiber Art Studio

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Cavalli Runner
True Blue Farmgirl

249 Posts

Brenda
Mercer MO
USA
249 Posts

Posted - Jun 29 2011 :  05:18:32 AM  Show Profile
Thanks for the tip, Grace. I may give that a try sometime. I'd want to at least see a video of someone doing it, though, before I tried it myself. I did a little plucking this year, but the three ewes who the shearer didn't do (they were still pregnant and I didn't want him to handle them) were just a little too matted by the time I learned about this method. It wasn't bad along their backs and they seemed to tolerate it well until I got down on the sides and it pulled too much. My spring fleeces weren't very good this year, partly due to having to find a new shearer late in the game...but some of it will be okay for felting, I think, so not a total loss. It has re-confirmed to me that it is best to do all you can yourself rather than have to depend on others who often are not that dependable. Just one of life's lessons.

Happy Farming!
Brenda Larson

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