Sunday, February 27, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
The owner of the Phoenix Suns basketball team, Robert Sarver, opposes AZ's new immigration laws.
Arizona 's Governor, Jan Brewer, released the following statement in response to Sarver's criticism of the new law:
"What if the owners of the Suns discovered that hordes of people were sneaking into games without paying?
What if they had a good idea who the gate-crashers are, but the ushers and security personnel were not allowed to ask these folks to produce their ticket stubs, thus non-paying attendees couldn't be ejected.
Furthermore, what if Suns' ownership was expected to provide those who sneaked in with complimentary eats and drink? And what if, on those days when a gate-crasher became ill or injured, the Suns had to provide free medical care and shelter?"
- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer
That all being, I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
"Are you better off in a car with a male or female behind the wheel? The answer: It depends more on the person in question, but on the whole you're better off with the female."
It went on to reference other articles saying the same and even saying it's 3x safer due to men being quicker to be honking, gesturing, etc.
And now we know..... What WE already knew!
Monday, February 21, 2011
Two days ago it was 54 out and today 21! I'm READY for Spring! Let's get to it!
Sunday, February 20, 2011
First up is the little roo, Finn, who is a mix breed. This trio was referred to as "Finn and his merry woman". I can see why as he is GLUED to them! He's going to be the roo-sitter for the chicks I'll be hatching. The 2 girls are the mottled Cochin bantams and sisters/littermates. They are cute and cuddly!!! They have no trouble with being picked up and held. Those who say one falls in love with Bantam Cochins are right! It only took them one time picking them up to hold and talk too. I'm hooked!
Below is the mottle Cochin roo who the 2 girls are supposed to be paired with! The girls want to go with Finn and he wants to go with the Favorelle bantams! The 4 in these 2 pics aren't staying where I put them.
That's them! I'll work on getting them situated better and then some better pics of the Favorelles. The Fav's are also feather-legged so they do look somewhat a like but the Cochins have a different "tail set" and are more fluffled in the rear.
I can't wait to start incubating their eggs. First I need the eggs though! Isn't there some saying about not counting one's eggs before they are hatched???
Thursday, February 17, 2011
I need a name that reflects the farm (homestead) as a whole and not just 1 species or activity.
I want a name that can be used if I sell some chicks or kids. It needs to be useable to sell goat milk soap, eggs, and who knows what. I need something that if I were to rent a table at the farm market to sell soaps, garden produce, and who knows what, that it's useable. I need something that if someday I wanted to have a "legit business" that it can be used.
I don't want something someone else is using or has been used, etc. I want something that won't be used by someone else.
It's even hard to decide wether to use "farm", "acres", or what ever. Much of what I'd thought of up to now I've forgotten in 10 minutes or at least by the next day. If one can't remember their own name for 24 hours, it must not be do-able, right?
Today while driving hubby and I were discussing it. It's one of those deals where I was doing almost all the talking as we've had this discussion numerous times over the last year! Anyway, I asked him what he thought of Menagerie as part of the name. He'd had the stroke so this is a word he's not accustomed to using and it was a mouthful so to speak. He kept saying "menaginary".
So what do you think here? Is "Menaginary Farm" a good one? Using "farm" instead of acres or such indicates there are critters here which is good for the chicks, eggs and goat kids part.
This one keeps rattling around in my head so much that I can't say menagerie right now without saying it slowly and emphasing the syllables! I wanted something easy enough to spell and that I was debating. However to write it down, it's actually pretty easy to spell and read. It looks odd to read for a just a second but saying it while reading it makes sense. It's not something that would be often mispronounced. Hubby can say it and he keeps on saying it too. I think he's rather proud of coming up with a "word" and a potential name.
Menaginary Farm also would allow for a whimsical type logo and I definitely fit the whimsical "style"!
Drop me a comment, please, and let me know what you think! I need some input.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
I took pics of the deceased, aborted quads. I decided to not post them here as they are graphic and very sad. But, sometimes that type of thing has value when it's used educationally.
There is a website for mini horses which presents the same type of issues and is very helpful due to it's educational presentation. So I wonder if "goatdom" has a need.
What do you think?
DARN IT ALL!
June Bug, who is one of my VERY SWEET Nigerian Dwarf (ND) does had just miscarried. This was her first pregnancy and she aborted QUADS!!! They are preemies and all most likely born dead or died at the time of aborting. They had no hair at all and I didn't expect any kidding until the middle of March. So they are about 4 weeks premature. They were quite good sized for quads and the size I would expect living quads to be born at term. Guesstimating, the 2 larger were about 1 1/2 pounds and the 2 smaller 1# - comparing to the weight of a pound of butter. There were 3 bucklings and 1 doeling. The doeling shared a sac with a buckling. The other 2 had their own sac. They were fully developed with their tiny hooves, girl and boy parts, etc, just premature. She's not bagged up so won't need milked.
And to think my girl had QUADS cooking in that big belly. I'd just had a "visit" with her close up, hands on the other day to tell her how big her belly is and checked for udder development, etc. She was JUST starting to get a bit of an udder. I had to feel it through all the hair as it was so small and under developed.
What a bummer! It's especially disappointing as I lost a ND doeling from Nipper.
The chicken scratch was cheaper than the goat feed so I got it for the poultry. The problem there is I have goats with the poultry so that it discourages hawks, owls, etc from preying on my chickens. I'll have to start making a soy meal mash for the poultry to up the protein for the layers. I have to come up with a way to keep the goats out of it though.
Now I'm wondering how much chick starter and grower is going to have shot up! I think I used about 8 bags of starter last year with incubating.
I went and got stocked up a bit on feed today as we have gotten some warmer days the last couple days and will have for about a week. We're going to have a couple 50 degree days that the night temps will stay above freezing. So the snow is melting fast and that means the frost line will warm too and we will change seasons to MUD season. Then I can't drive to the barn to unload feed. So today is "do it all" day and get my van back to the house on the drive and "firma terra". Mud season is hard on getting to and from the barn at best. I have to buy it and have a load so when we have some nippy nights I can drive out in the morning before the ground thaws back to mud and unload it quick. Sometimes I end up with filling a couple of buckets and carrying out a day's feed.
I sure could have done without the extra grain expense! I paid more last time I was there too and thought that would be the increase! NOT SO. Not good!
I need a productive money tree that is hardy in zone 5 and 6!
Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
They are mean to the other hens and they are EATING EGGS!!!!! Yesterday I only got 2 eggs AGAIN! Egg count should be going up and not down! I guess it pays to keep count by the day for a weekly report!
Hens who were happy in the pen in the barn are no longer happy there and have learned to escape (fly). I now have chickens all over the barn! Most of the "mean girls" are the black sex links I got at TSC to try them out. The other 3 are Americaunas. I would have Americaunas again, as I think this is just a learned thing from them. But the black sex links have been mean from the day I got them at TSC as new chicks!
They have sealed their fate. It's time for an add to sell them. I have 1 Americauna who is half Cochin who doesn't join in and she can stay. There is a really pretty sex link that I might keep a while and see if she settles down or remains a mean girl.
I wish I could do graphics. I'd make a red circle with the bar and have a hen and the label "mean girls" in it! NO MEAN GIRLS!
Shame on them!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
I now have a trio of mottled Cochins, a pair of white Cochins, 2 pairs of black Favorelles, and a tiny blue Bantam roo who is probably half Favorelle and half d'uccle. I'm going to use the little roo to baby sit chicks if he's gentle enough with them. He had a harem of hens he was caring for so hopefully he can help the chicks to learn the ropes once they are out of the brooders.
I'm going to put my little blue Cochin hen with the mottleds. I'm hoping to have some eggs from them to hatch and to sell or trade soon.
I'll try to get pics of them soon too. They are in the horse trailer in quarantine at the moment.
Friday, February 11, 2011
The poor girl has been coming in heat for 6 days, out of heat 4 days and right back in. So it was time to get the job done. She was NOT happy getting put in the kitty carrier and complained loudly. Hubbys says she "cusses like a long-shoreman". And she sure was telling me her opinion of the crate and trip to town. She didn't know what to make of being somewhere strange when I took her out of the carrier!
She also has a "gifted" birthday of March 10th for her records. We didn't know when she was born but March would be pretty accurate I think. I'm sure she could care less, but one does need a record of age and health. It's hard to believe she's almost a year old!
Hubby's little princess is now a queen... a sterile queen!
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Sadly, I've had another loss. A week or so ago I lost my silver laced Cochin roo. There was a pic of him and his hen in the post. They were by the kiddy picnic table and appeared to be deep in conversation. I've now lost the hen. (See: http://viewtoponder.blogspot.com/2011/01/sadly-another-loss.html )
I found "henny" not feeling well and someone had been pecking on her as she had some peck marks on both sides of her head and one on her comb. There was a bit of blood and some smeared on her neck feathers. I brought her into the house to see if I could pull her trough it. She wasn't sneezing, wheezing or coughing. She didn't show being egg bound, and I did suspect she was dehydrated and cold. Her crop was full enough and not hard. So I treated her for dehydration and a crop impaction along with adding antibiotics as directed by the gal I see on a chicken list who has a LOT of experience and knowledge. "Henny" seemed to be improving and opened on eye, seemed more alert and I was hopeful. Alas, she took a quick turn for the worse last night and died. I hope it was easier on her than being outside as it's bitterly cold again.
I really liked this sweet little hen and she always came near when I was doing chores. She was very calm, gentle and cooperative - no flightyness or meanness at all. She was the type of hen I liked and want to have. What a BUMMER to have lost the pair.
It now leaves me with the silver laced Bantam Cochin pullet. I hope I can get my hands on some more silver laced Cochins or eggs this Spring.
Bummer! I'm so tired of Winter and ready for some warmer temps. Supposedly we will get up to the low 30's next week. I'm READY! I think the critters will be too.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
I took the above pic a couple weeks ago. He was sharing some hay with Claire (Alpine doe) and standing like that to eat off the ground! Those are some wicked scurs but he NEVER uses them on anyone except another young buck and yet never in a mean manner. He was disbudded 3x and still had scurs.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
This is really AWESOME! So please go take a look and report back and let me know what you think! I know I'm not crazy so you can confirm that for me! It never hurts to have support.
It never hurts to have a daily laugh either! If you know someone who is having a hard time, maybe they'd like to check it out too!
I'll now have a daily pohto in my email of a few lovely chickens at work! I've gone back through the December and January pics and now need to go to the archives and go back to June - November. It's a PRIORITY!
I also want a couple of those "office buildings"! I love those "cubicles" too!
Ok, ok! I know you're wanting the link. Go here and go soon! You don't want to miss another day! http://www.workdaychickenpictures.com