January 21, 2011

Ummm, That's Loud!

The first time I heard this it scared me! I was standing right by the gate and "it" was right behind me! I nearly pee'd my pants! Now, I wait to hear it each and every day as I head to the barn to feed my critters. I'm walking so please forgive the camera shake!

These 4 are always up to no good!

Bella is always looking for food! I had to put a board across the top of this door because she can jump it like it's a foot tall!

There's Marv! The handsome male model of our goat world!

And Nellie. That belly just keeps getting bigger. I'm thinking at least 2 babies in there! I hope so. She lost her little guy last year and didn't get to be a momma. I'm hoping she has an easy delivery this year. Nellie has expensive pretty feeders hanging on the gate but she likes her old metal pan!

The geese are always sitting in the snow. They even ruffle their feathers like they are dusting. Guess with all that goose down they stay warm!

Time to check on the big chickens. There's always a party going on in here!

The hens were getting on their nest boxes and making a mess on my eggs so I fixed the problem. I think they like the privacy too.

I love country eggs and I'm getting several a day now that I have the lights set up on a timer.

The little chickens don't like the snow much but they come out to see if I have any feed for them.
Bootsie's babies are growing.

and like I always say....Stud...well he's just Stud!

This little gal is sitting on 9 eggs in the dead of winter! I moved her into the brooder and added a light and some heat.

and my baby, DIMPLE! He's such a sweetie!

We're all waiting for Spring when we can frolic in this field with new baby goats and go fishing in the pond. Oh wait, they will frolic and I'll go fishing!

Oh what the heck! I think I'll frolic too!


Teresa said...

OMG! That video just about sent my cat to the ceiling! Very funny. Your pictures of the animals are beautiful. I just love them.

texwisgirl said...

We have mules that live at the property behind us in the woods. And if the wind blows just right, it sounds like they're right in our yard! :)

Such a pretty barnyard full you have!!!

Mountain Blessings said...

Your home and farm looks like so much fun! Isn't it amazing how all our critters have such unique personalities? Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Marla

Gorges Smythe said...

My neighbor on the farm behind me has a donkey. Hearing him is always a hoot when I cut through his pasture to get to my back ridge. I envy you your chickens; I'm thinking about getting some.

Kelle said...

Don't ya just love being greeted in the mornings. I miss our Fjord Gelding, Mo, he always nickered. Depending on how hungry he was or how cold it was depended on the tone of the nicker. Now we are greeted by the turkeys, chickens and cows.

If you don't mind my asking, what breed of goats do you have and do you milk them? We're looking into goats as a fill in for milk, until our cow is bred and freshes in Spring of 2012. I've been looking at Alpine and Saanen, maybe even Toggenburgs. Goats are a whole new journey for us and I want to be sure and know all we can know before delving in!

Thanks for visiting our blog, glad you found us. Hope to see you back on a regular basis :o)
Blessings for your weekend,

Rose H (UK) said...

What great pictures and video! You obviously love all of your beautiful animals :o) I can hardly blame you :o)

cottageprims said...

Loved the animal picks.Reminds me of childhood.Warm Blessings!~Amy

Patrice said...

I covet your donkey! :)

LindaG said...

Really enjoyed your post. Thanks!

Changes in the wind said...

I love the video. I do not live on a farm and it was such fun to hear the donkey great you and the crunch of the snow and etc.

KentuckyFarmGirl said...

Kelle, we have 2 pygmy does, a kinder doe (half Nubian, half pygmy) and a Sable doe. You can milk the pygmies but they have small teets and it's more difficult than the ones that are actually bred for dairy purposes. The first one I milked was a pygmy last year (Nellie). She gave me about 3/4 a gallon a day when milking 2 times a day. I then bought Bella from our neighbor. She's a sable dairy goat and she was giving a little over a gallon a day milking twice. Neither of these does had kids on them while I was milking. Those are the only two I have had experience with. I know some breeds are heavier milkers than others. I would do some reading and compare breeds and the amount of milk they produce to see which would best fit your needs until your cow freshens. All my does are bred except Bella. I'm trying to find the time to take her to my neighbors and breed her to their registered Sable buck so I can start milking again in late Spring. I'm also thinking about purchasing a Nubian or Lamancha doe that is already in milk BUT my fingers get really cold milking in the winter!!! I hope this helps!

KentuckyFarmGirl said...

Here's a link you might find useful when comparing.


My Sable is actually a Saanen with color instead of all white. Here's the best explanation I could find for exactly what Sables are:

"Sables are the result of the pairing of two recessive genes, one from the sire and one from the dam. If an animal has only one of these genes, the animal is white, but if the animal has two, one from each parent, then a colored coat is the result. Since the colored genetics were brought in with the original Saanen imports, this will continue to happen as long as people are breeding Saanens."

Source: http://www.dairygoatjournal.com/goats/sablesaanen.html

wayside wanderer said...

Oh goodness, that WAS loud. What a cutie and so happy to see you. What is not to love!!! sigh Loved this tour of your animal community. Such a wonderful sight.

Cher' Shots said...

I just love seeing all the animals! It takes me back to my childhood on the farm. Gueinies are cool to look at but they sure can drive ya nuts with their noise. 'hugs from afar'

Anonymous said...

Marv looks cool!

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Jennifer said...

I Love It! Pretty place, love your barn. Beautiful farm animal pics. Great shot of your guineas... we got some too. I really like your nest boxes... Country eggs are the best :)

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Anonymous said...

I always enjoy your posts, especially the ones jam packed with the critters.

I grew up on a beef farm and now I far removed from that life, but having a "stroll" through your farm with you is good for my soul.

You know how the saying goes, you can take the girl out of the farm, but you cannot take the farm out of the girl.

Sharon said...

We have just purchased our homestead and don't have any critters as yet. The previous owner had guineas and they used to go over to the neighbour's house and stand outside their bedroom window first thing in the morning causing all sorts of commotion. The neighbours laugh at it now, but I'm sure they would much prefer it if we didn't have any guineas!

Your donkey is definitely a cutie:)


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