As you may have noticed, this is a hard time of the year to keep up with a blog... There's so much to do and enjoy outdoors! :)
We spend almost every minute outside, either taking care of, or just enjoying the animals and all the little ones around the place, or simply being outside in the wonderful weather of Spring.
Calving season is winding down since the spring calves have pretty much all been born - except for Hope's calf due in June. Everyone is happy, healthy, and growing like weeds.
Most the goatie kids have gone to their new homes to learn how to be show goats. We miss them, but did keep four beautiful doelings this year, so we still get to enjoy their antics. :)
We are very excited about our new buck! Since we have kept several of Roy's offspring, we started looking around for a buck with some different bloodlines than the ones we have been breeding the last several years. We were lucky to find a great guy that has an amazing pedigree and was shown as a youngster, so he's very easy to handle and used to being with people.
Introducing 2DOX Big Event... We'll be adding new pictures and his impressive pedigree to the website soon.
And of course RR Roy Rogers will still be with us. He truly makes some amazing show goats for our young 4-H and FFA friends.
We have little chicks and guinea keets that are hatching this week... Ahh, the joys of chasing those quick, little ones through the grass, trying to catch them as their very protective mamas are trying to keep you from catching them! Looks like we have lots and lots of guinea eggs being hatched this year.
The gardens are planted and doing very well. We are already enjoying fresh asparagus, lettuce, bokchoy, chard, radishes, onions, spinach, mustard greens and yummy strawberries.
And just for the human kind, we finally got the deck built on the pool. Cousin Mike did a great job for us and we are looking forward to many years of enjoyment with it! Thanks Mikey. :)
Just to share... some pictures of the lovely sunsets we've been having this week, along with a full rainbow!
Well folks, this has been the lost month. Starting with the week of flu it seems we lost that entire week. The following week there was hip replacement surgery. That went very well and we were home the next day. Physical therapy with Jeff followed for the next 3 weeks, as well weekly nurse's visits. Last week was a trip back to the surgeon's and he was very pleased - released us to about 80% of 'back to real life' activities. I still can't chase goats, spend the night dancing, or ride the mules yet, but that will come soon!
The goatie kids have, for the most part, headed to their new homes. It looks like everyone went to very good homes this year. One of the Boer wethers is a companion for another little Boer guy named Bob, that has lost his sight. Thanks Karen for giving him such a great forever home! All the rest of the Boer kids will be shown either this fall, winter or next spring. RR Gene Autry went to a wonderful family that lives in Hattiesburg, MS. They drove a long ways to meet Gene and were very pleased with him. We think he will do exceptionally well in the ring and are excited to hear from Chip, Angela and Zachary as to how he does!
All four of the Lamancha girls are going to live with some very special folks that are learning about milk goats and doing a great job. Thanks Ann & Phil. :) We're so happy that they get to stay together and have such a nice couple to care for them!
Now it's time to care for the mommas and help them recover from raising their rowdy and demanding children. All the girls have been wormed and had their feet trimmed. Their figures are slowly returning to "normal" and they are getting used to the kids being gone. I believe that they miss their litttle ones, so we give then extra attention and care during this time.
The horses and mules are getting fat and sassy in the pasture. No riding for a while with the hip replacement, but they certainly don't seem to mind. I think that eating and horsing around are their primary concerns these days.
The cattle are fat as well. We have 5 older heifers that have been bred this spring along with Dolly and the two older cows that are raising their calves. The rest of the girls are still youngsters so it will be some time before they are bred. They like to come up by the house in the evenings to look for treats and good scratches. Most the girls are very gentle and enjoy the attention.
The garden is growing well. I put up 14 quarts of green beans last weekend. We've enjoyed some fresh squash, radishes, greens, onions and swiss chard. Can't wait to see how much the raised bed gardens produce this year as it's our first. Looks like a winner!
Hope you all had a great Memorial Day and long weekend. :)
Today was a warm and sunny day with a bit of wind blowing in from the south. Perfect weather to for the goatie girls to start kidding and that is exactly what they did. :)
Mike was out hauling hay and I was working with Tatiana. We have to lift her 2-3 times a day with the tractor using hip lifts in order for her to stand and try to get the muscles stronger in her legs. She is able to move both of her legs which is good, but she can't yet stand on her own. She is eating and drinking well and continues to move herself around. Tatiana is a real trooper and such a sweet cow.
I was down in the pen with Tatiana when I heard one of the goatie girls yell. I knew we were having babies. Lonesome was due 2/22 and Patty was due 2/24, so I expected it to be one of those girls. Of course I was wrong. When I got to the girls, I saw it was Penny that was in labor. Hmmm... Penny wasn't due until the 27th! These girls just don't seem to understand my plans... LOL I could already see a bubble with two feet. As she pushed a nose appeared... another push and we had a new baby. He was coughing and crying and ready to eat!. a very healthy and handsome young buckling. Of course my camera was no where around. Up to the house to get the camera.
About the time I got back down to the barn, I heard another short yell. I came around the corner and saw a second bubble appearing. Just about that fast we had a second buckling born. This is good... no one is needing any help from me. I like that! Got the boys dry, cleaned up, sprayed their little hooves and navel cords with iodine. Gave them a small dose of Bose and made sure they got their colostrum. A perfect and easy kidding! I wish they all went like that.
The afternoon was spent hauling hay, doing chores and catching up with my cousin Mike. As we were visiting the goats, I noticed that Ms. Patty had a long string of mucus and sure enough, she was in labor. Without much trouble at all, she presented us with yet another good looking, healthy buckling, She got him cleaned up and nursing before she went back to work and gave us our 4th buckling of the day! All fine looking, strapping young bucklings and of course two very proud mommas. We shall see what tomorrow brings...
Russell Ranch is located in beautiful NE Oklahoma, just a few miles from the Illinois river in Green Country. There are lovely rolling hills, lots of wonderful lakes and rivers, and forests full of wildlife.