Sorry for the delay on posting folks. I came down with a bad case of the flu last week and couldn't have posted if my life depended on it. I don't think I have ever been so ill. We managed to get through it with several visits to the doctor and a few shots to help keep things down, just in time for surgery last Monday! Yipee! But it's done now. We are currently in recovery mode. The shiny new titanium and ceramic hip is in and seems to be working well. I am mostly in bed this week, doing my exercises and trying to regain my strength from both the flu and surgery. Next week should be much easier! I must admit that this part isn't much fun, but will be worth it in the long run...
The goatie kids are starting to head to their new homes. I still have 2 wethers for sale due to a couple of people not following through on their end, but that will give someone that really cares an opportunity to own a really nice show kid! We just need to find them. :) 5 kids left last week and another 5 are scheduled to leave home this week. It's a sad, yet exciting time... Sad for us to watch them go, as they have been such a big part of our lives the last several weeks, yet happy to watch to joy and excitement on the faces of their new owners and handlers. We love keeping in touch with everyone and hearing how well all the 'kids' do in their show careers!
The garden is growing and getting way ahead of me now as we knew it would for a while. It's wonderful to eat fresh veges that you have grown yourself . I'm afraid we won't be able to grow quite as much as we usually do this year, but anything nature blesses us with will be greatly appreciated and enjoyed!
The animals are all healthy and happy. They are shedding thier winter coats and look a bit rough around the edges, but fat as ticks and getting sleek. The grass is green and growing, the ponds are full, rain fell this week, and life is good. We wish joy in your life and happiness with the simple things life gives us each and every day...
We finished our kidding season with a bang yesterday. Heart had triplets, 2 bucklings and a very nice doeling, about 4 PM. She needed just a little help with her babies and I'm glad we were there as the last two were breach. She got them all cleaned up, full of colostrum and then bedded down for some rest.
Harley wrapped it up about 11 PM with 2 more gorgeous bucklings. It seems like we spent the night in the barn but I'm glad we did. Harley's first buckling was huge...he is half grown already! She needed lots of help from both of us and I really don't think he would have made it out alive if we hadn't been there to help pull. Both little guys are rested up, eating well, and playing some today.
Today was a busy day as lots of folks were wanting to buy goats this morning. We had a couple with their young children out to visit. They ended up getting 2 Boer wethers and a Boer doeling for their "people kids" to show in 4-H. :)
In addition to our visitors, we sold 2 other Boer wethers today to a young lady that shows in the Tulsa area and a Lamancha doeling to a nice lady from Bixby, OK.
We are so glad to be a part of that tradition here at RR. We would like to encourage more young people to get involved with their local 4-H/FFA chapters and become a part of this lifestyle. It's a wonderful learning experience that teaches young folks so much.
Rosie surprised us by having her kids a couple of days early. We were down working with Tatiana and heard a 'different' noise coming from the barn. When we got there, Rosie had already delivered two, cleaned up one, and was trying to have a third little one. Unfortunately, the last was not completely developed and although he tried to take a couple of breaths, he just couldn't make it. We were a bit surprised at the three as this was Rosie's first time. She was tired after her deliveries, so we helped her clean the two surviving babies and got her up so they could nurse and get their colostrum. Rosie had two absolute darlings and gifted us with our first doeling of the year... a little girl with perfect traditional red-head markings. She is a sweetheart and fearless to boot! The little boy reminds us of his daddy, Gaige, with similar markings. Mother and babies are doing well. :)
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.