Friday, October 23, 2009

bucks, etc

My girlfriend, Dot, relayed a true story from her eye doctor. He`was explaining to a young-adult patient about a dry-eye prescription -

"the prescription for drops comes in trays of 30 small plastic containers with twist tops (sorta like flea drops) one for each day. There is enough for 2 days but if you lay it down the drops run out. The drug companies want you to throw them away each day so they will make more money. So just put a clothes pin on the bottom to stand it up until the next day."

The patient asked, "what's a clothes pin?"
Pearl Guinea

I realize that this may be only a face a mother could love, just know that I could hug and kiss on him forever more.
Franklin, Bourbon Red Tom

I live in an obese state, North Carolina. Give Mike and I a few months, and we're hoping to reduce that percentage in NC.

Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats. I read something the other day - you're only a true goat lover if you have bucks, so true. We love our boys. We have 5 goat males. 2 wethers, and 3 bucks.

Cahoot Calhoun (will never be for sale)

Sundance and Cubby are the two wethers. We would sell these two together if the right home came along, otherwise, they'll stay right here.

People always ask me: Aren't bucks mean? Don't the bucks stink? No and no. Our boys are very gentle, and we pet/handle them often. Photo below is Dud, with his front legs on my chair, wanting me to rub his head. He has an unique odor but nothing like stink, smells sort of like an ammonia. Our boys eat a medicated feed, maybe that keeps Dud from smelling real bad, but I don't know. I know he lives in a very clean environment, Mike keeps the stalls very clean. I keep the water buckets clean and filled with fresh water.

MilkDud is just a big baby.

Below photo's, I was sitting in a chair, Cahoot and Deets came over and laid down next to where I was sitting.

Deets is peeking out from under the work table.


Melodie said...

I am in love with Bourbon Reds too!Mine aren't as big as Franklin yet but they are getting close.
I appreciate the advice you gave me about bucks,our Mr.Tumnus is turning out to be a sweet guy !After about a week we hardly noticed his smell any more.He will eat out of our hand and is beginning to like a good scratchin'!

Anonymous said...

Cahoot, Sundance, Cubby, MilkDud and Deets are all very handsome. I can't wait to finish fencing and building a proper stall so that I can have goats. I always enjoy visiting your blog.

Mom L said...

I think any animals that are loved and cared for as much as you and Mike love and care for yours, would turn out to be sweet, gentle animals. Of course, I'm sure some may be naturally unpleasant, but I think it's more how the child, goat, dog is raised!

I've never thought much about turkeys other than as food, but doggone it - I've become attached to Franklin through your photos and stories!!!

Nancy in Iowa

Nezzy said...

What precious goat faces! We live on a large working farm nestled in the Ozark hills and hollers. We have a large herd of cattle and just to amuse my Hubby 9 donkeys. It saddens me to say nine because we had to put one down yesterday. A septic delivery. {SIGH}

Ya'll have a wonderfully blessed day filled with happy goat faces!!

Peggy said...

William still has our Bourbon Red Fred and the one we got with your help Tesa. None of her eggs hatched this year but hopefully she will get over her crush on Elvis the rooster and get back to Fred for spring babies. I am blessed to have one of Nitro's sons (Frosty Dan) and a couple of his grandsons. Bucks are so sweet and gentle. The only time ours smell is during rut season and not really bad.

John Gray said...

love your turkeys
I have a norfolk bronze called boris who is my baby!!
and 5 new poults in the shed!

love the guinea fowl too.....i have one called hughie!
best wishes

john (wales UK)

Holly said...

What attracted you to the Nigerian Dwarf goat breed? Are their personalities any different than the Saanens and Nubians that I'm so familiar with. I ask because years ago I had a couple angora goats and they were distinctly different in personality than the dairy goats we raised.

JavaChick said...

That top photo of Cahoot Calhoun is lovely. Pretty boy!

Anonymous said...

I hung a quilt on the line before daybreak this morning. I read your post yesterday, so I knew about, "What is a clothe's pin?" Boy did I think about that this morning. Guess I am am old-fashioned girl. I truly love the aroma of line dried linens. I just do not find the time to do it as often as I would like.

Take care, Joanna

thecrazysheeplady said...

I want a Franklin!!!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Your goats are so cute and good lookin' too. I've smelled some stinky bucks, though. They pee all over themselves to attract the females. Do you bathe your goats? Or maybe that's the ammonia smell you're smelling...goat pee.
Yep, you're a true goat lover. hehe!

Fattest states....that made me giggle! I had no idea that there was a map like that. New Mexico is pretty lean it seems, but I do remember how difficult it was to stay thin when we lived in South Carolina what with everything fried and all that sweet tea. lol!

Oh, and that dang humidity and all the skeeters that kept us inside for the entire summer. gah!

I remember a conversation we had with a real estate agent when we were preparing to move there years ago. I asked where the closest bike trails and playgrounds were, and she just laughed at me. Said "Oh honey, noone goes outside during the summer. A/C will be your best friend."
And she was right! lol!


Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Oh! And I forgot to comment about the clothes pins. How sad that times are changing and that drying clothes on the line is going the way of records and penny candy :(

That being said it's difficult to line dry clothes here in New Mexico. We have zero humidity. zip. And clothes will dry within an hour or less. If you leave them out to long, they dry up so stiff they could walk away. You can't even put them on...they hurt! lol!

I think that's why swimming pools aren't very popular here, either. Our evenings are always cool so folks don't like to swim at night. And during the day, with zero humidity, if you get out of the pool, the moisture gets whisked off you so fast that you're chilled, even in August.