Sunday, March 25, 2012

Charming and Caspian ~

  Meet the two new wether's being tamed down, halter trained and will be future buddies to Apollo.
Only place I had to keep them, is in the Hen House, but they should be tamed out before the chicks arrive.

   Will not be putting them in with Apollo until they are close to Apollo's size. 

 They are a little younger than I wanted but being in an area with very few sheep..... 
 Both two months old, the black and white one, Caspian, is 50lbs already! He is half Dorper and the other half is St Croix/Katahdin. 
The white one I call Charming, is Katahdin. He is soo cute, when he doesn't want people near, he stomps his little hoof at me. LOL  If I don't go away, he hides in the corner.

Halter training is well on the way and they are doing great.

Fencing the front of the Farm~

DH Can get DS to use the tractor.... LOL

New fencing going up on the front side of the property. Is the normal Woven field fence we normally put up, is just a little less spendy than the cattle panels. However it does take a lot more work. 
I hope to have this area fenced in by Fall and have a few sheep running in it. 
Then next spring we will get it set up as a hay field. Another, "I hope", anyway.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Having to Body Clip the Icelandic's... in March,,

Seriously, in March, that is crazy but the poor Viking horse's were sweating just standing in the pasture doing nothing.
So now I have naked but Happy Icelandic's.

 Got fur?
Will have to keep them clipped all summer to help them acclimate to this climate.
Dyfra was very happy to loose all  her thick but soft downy fur.

Nike Swish anyone? This is what Stjarna has hiding under her bushy forelock.

Apollo and Maggie ~

 Apollo has been roaming around the house for the last month or so. He was getting too frogy with the goats and learned out to get out of the round pen. 
And people say sheep are stupid. 
Now I have a 250lb+ yard sheep and he seems to be pretty content, though I know he wants other sheep to play with.
Sad thing is... I have been looking and what sheep breeders there is, are 2 1/2 hours away and their prices for wethers.... weee.... is incredible. 
Just hope I can get a couple of buddies for him, soon, before he looses his sheepy mind.
Was hoping to sell him to someone with a flock but same problem applies, no one in this area, has sheep.
If I knew this was going to be this much of a problem, I would of left Apollo in Oregon.

 I was worried he won't shed out, being a Katahdin and all but he is just starting on the top of his neck.

Maggie and Apollo out, eating the good stuff.... ok.. well mowing.

New Hen House Roof and Fruit Trees

 The Akane apple tree is already flowering, so I guess it is spring here in VA.
And if Spring temps are 70 to 80*plus..... I will be spending most of my time indoors this summer.

 Finally, the inside of the Hen House.  Floor painted for easy cleaning and white walls to brighten the place up a bit. Roost ready to go. 
The back shelf is where we will have the nest boxes once they are old enough.

And last but not least, the new Hen House roof and Vents. The old black roof started leaking and that is not something we needed to happen, so we had Bucky the Contractor put a new roof on for us.
I picked the lightest shingles I could find and something with a little more character to it. 
The lighter shingles and vents, means the Hen House stays a lot cooler and in this clime, that is very important. Last thing we need is baked chicken, at least with this method.
So now the chickens will keep nice in dry and cool, in their Home.

Two weeks and counting... for the chicks to arrive!

The snow of March 4th ~

 I have been a bit remiss on keeping up with the Blog, for a couple of reasons. First is... getting this place up and running from scratch, all the repairs that are needed and how slow my higher end HughesNet is. 

This is the snow we had March 4th, very pretty and makes it easy to see the 2"by4" heavy wire, figured that was much better than chicken wire.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Help Thumper raise money to help fight Cancer

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