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Moooove over, we’ve got cows!

  I sent the above picture to several family and friends on our way home from acquiring our cows.  My brother called me immediately and asked, “Why do you have cows in your van?”.  “How else was I supposed to get them home?”.  We’ve gotten a lot of chuckles from transporting cows in our van and we are chuckling along…

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One sign of a real farmer

Is driving your tractor down the road. Yep.  Hubby drove about 1/2 a mile down the road to borrow a tractor attachment from Uncle Lewis.  I followed in the van so I could take pictures and protect him from traffic.  Thankfully, there was no traffic behind us.  The sad thing is when we tried to attach the tractor piece…

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Marty visited Black Cat Barnyard!

Remember Marty the sheep master?  He is such a nice guy!  He has called us a few times to check on the sheep.  We called him after our first lamb arrived and he recommended we worm the momma.  He offered to drive down 45 minutes one way to show us how to worm a sheep.  He even provided the medication…

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Spring Preview for the Chickens

The weather this weekend made us all think of spring.   Too bad it is only early February.  Days like this weekend make me think how much more fun farming will be come spring.  No more bundling up against frigid winds to check on things!  I can’t wait.  🙂 Hubby spent most daylight hours digging holes for fence posts.  That will be another…

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Lamb pen

Here is a quick update on our first lamb.  The same evening the lamb was born, hubby built a separate pen for the baby and mommy.  This is to keep baby safe from other animals, including the other ewes.  It is also to promote bonding between mommy and baby.  Mommy has plenty of fresh water and hay.  Baby has…

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Guardian Dogs Settling In

It’s crazy how these dogs have the instinct the protect the farm animals.  They are just four months old and have already indicated they were born to guard livestock.  When a strange dog approaches our property they bark.  Their bark is pretty fierce for a puppy.  When our Rosie dog starts chasing the horses, these dogs will gang up on…

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Moving Chicks

Have you noticed we move our animals around a lot?  Me too.  We try to keep them as safe as possible when they are young, which means they often need moved as they get bigger.  We moved the pigs, we moved the sheep, we moved the guardian dogs, and now we have moved the chicks.  This was the first…

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Black Cat Barnyard’s First Birth!

Hubby and I headed down to do our evening chores.  I noticed only three sheep out in the pasture instead of four.  I thought it was odd but continued in to the horse barn to tend to the chickens.  As I was feeding the chickens I hear hubby yell my name.  “Come here, quick!”  I knew right then that…

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Tractor-a way to empower yourself

One of our first farm purchases was a tractor.  We opted for a cheaper, older,(hunk of junk) tractor.  It needed tender care the moment it arrived on the farm.  We knew it leaked hydraulic fluid, but we overlooked this fact.  We knew the ignition switch was broken and the battery has to be hooked/unhooked in order to turn it…

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