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!
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.