Saturday, April 30, 2011

enjoying some glorious weather

Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats
Bourbon Red Turkeys
Cuckoo Marans

Pied Guineas
Up here in the Appalachian Mountains we have been enjoying some glorious weather - blue skies, sunshine, highs in the 60's, lows in the 40's.

Here's Rhubarb napping and sunbathing.

Bucks under the apple tree.

We bought some goat food today and then stopped and got some human food. I love the Chicken-Salad wraps at Arby's.

Grilled Chicken and Pecan Salad Wrap - Tender chunks of grilled chicken breast tossed with crunchy pecans, crisp apples, celery, juicy red grapes and green leaf lettuce. Prepared by hand and snuggled inside our new whole grain flatbread wrap.

Nephew Daniel helped Mike with unloading the hay.

He was moving the bales in the loft to make space.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

June had QUADS

Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

Lucy "blue eyes" One of June's daughters.
Tulip is pregnant? right?

JBBJ - having a great puppyhood.

Remember June? bred to Cahoot?
at her new home, she delivered QUADS! 3 girls and 1 buck
The little dark runt doe is brown eyed and will have horns.
The buckling is blue eyed and polled
The big doe is the one with more white is blue eyed and polled
The second doe is blue eyed and polled

the odds of getting all that would be unbelievable, way to go June!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Sunday Photo's

This was our Easter Sunday, how was yours?
The Easter Bunny brought us two goats.

Pixie climbed a tree.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

We got two new girls,

Nigerian Dwarf DairyGoats
a mother and daughter pair, from Firestone Creek Farm. We're gonna call this little girl, RosePetal.
Goats at Firestone Creek Farm.

We witnessed a chicken hen babysitting some kittens while the Mama Cat was away.

RosePetal - Firestone Creek HWD Casablanca  DOB=4/12/10

Tulip - AGS East Rivendell HK Tulip's Girl *D AR2300  DOB=6/30/06

Tulip appears to be pregnant and the sire of the kids would be
Rosasharn CH Uproar +*S. We will be SO thrilled if that's how it works out. She would be due to kid on 6/18/11.
the above photo's = ©Cheryle Moore-Smith
JackBadger and BarbaraJean wrestle constantly with each other.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

we got milk! we got a milker!

Mike is so proud of his GingerBreadGirl, she is producing well over a quart a day. The measuring cup that he is holding is a 4-cup and that's what we got last night, and we're milking her twice a day. Now, the standard-sized goat folks would laugh at us, but for our Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats, it's very good.

Mike said that I failed to tell y'all that GingerBreadGirl WON her 4yr-old Senior-Doe class last Saturday. GBG is his baby.

From each milking session, the Great Pyrenees pups get some goats milk, and the chickens just wait from the 'em to raise their heads from the buckets so they can get some too.

The other goats discovered that Ginger was getting some sweet feed
- Katie bar the door!

We "may" be adding this sweet, red surprise to our herd.
We "may" be driving to Sanford, NC on Saturday to pick her up.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Parasite Management Workshop

O'Pea and Brunello, out and about yesterday afternoon.

SweetPea and her gorgeous pink udder.

JackBadger and BarbaraJean

then, TennesseeSandy 
and I went to Newland, ate at Carolina BBQ, and attended the
Livestock Integrated Parasite Management Workshop

Sandy is posing with a bag of SweetPea's poop

Outside, we checked eyelids for anemia.

Dr. Niki Whitley, Animal Science Specialist
NC A&T State University Cooperative Extension Program

taught the class 

Inside, we had instruction and checked fecals under a microscope. I am pleased to report that SweetPea is as clean as a whistle, other folks got poor parasite reports.

check out my certificate! SweetPea will be impressed.