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Separating the Calves/Vaccinating against Tetanus

  One Saturday morning I was cleaning out the cow pen when the black one escaped into the barn.  He jumped around the barn for five minutes before I was able to lure him back into his pen.  Trouble maker!  As I was luring him back in with a bottle, I noticed his ear looked bloody.  Oh gosh, the vet…

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First Time Free Ranging Hens

Remember we moved our chickens to their final coop?  We kept them in the coop for two days straight so they would know that this is their new home.  Then one evening, we opened the coop door to let them explore outside, on their own, for the first time.  They were slow to exit the coop and we had…

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Curious has twins!

We have a favorite ewe.  Her name is Curious because she is always the first to the gate and the first to check things out.  If you sit or stand in the sheep pen, she will approach you, sniff you, and nibble on your sleeve.  She may even let you pet her on the head.  We’ve been expecting her…

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Cow milk replacer lesson

We brought our bottle fed calves home about three weeks ago.  They were very skinny to start.  The lady who sold them told us several times to not overfeed them.  “It’s hard to starve a cow to death, it’s easy to kill them with scours”.  She showed us how much milk replacer she gave.  She told us to feed them…

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Moving Chickens, Again

I told you we’d move those feathered friends again!  We caught all 11 hens and moved them from their small chicken tractor into a bigger, permanent coop.  I missed some cool moments with the camera, so use your imagination.  First, I held a barred rock and my five year old petted her and felt her feet and claws.  She…

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Tagging Sheep

Scrapie (sounds like scrape e) is a fatal disease in sheep and goats.  The USDA is trying to eradicate this disease in the US.  One method is to tag all the sheep and goats so they can track where the infection came from if an animal gets it.  Tagging the sheep also helps us to keep track of when…

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Farming in Winter

We’ve almost survived our first winter farming.  Only 16 days until Spring! What we’ve learned: 1) I used to have to guess if our water spigot by the barn was going to be frozen or not.  I’ve learned to notice how the ground feels when I walk on it.  If it is firm, the spigot will be frozen.   If it…

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Sick Momma Sheep Saga

Wednesday evening we went down to feed the animals like usual.  I walked over to the sheep pen and one of our momma sheep turned and her hind leg stuck straight out, almost like it was paralyzed.  This caused her to fall over.  I immediately hollered to hubby that we needed to call Marty, our sheep advisor.  By the…

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Video tour of the sheep barn

The other morning I took an impromptu video of our sheep in the barn.  Excuse hubby’s pink hat.  It belongs to our five year old.  I snagged his hat, so he was left with hers.  🙂  Please comment with your thoughts or suggestions.  

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