Friday, July 31, 2009

Milking

We have not begun to milk yet, but we put Ginger up on the stand yesterday to get her used to it. She doesn't like getting up onto the stand, but once she's up there, she's happy to be brushed and petted and mostly she likes being fed.

Aria and Annie are pros on the stand now. They both jump up and fight for the best position to get at the food bowl. They also liked to be brushed and loved and just barely tolerate having their feet trimmed. It will be an interesting story when we try to actually milk them.

Everyone is growing healthy and strong. Babies were introduced to Grandma Aria and half sister Annie. Annie was a bit overwhelmed. Aria just wanted to get to more food.

They also met Daddy who could have cared less. And half brother Samson reared up to head butt the interlopers.


Troy with the BumbleBabies

BumbleBaby Pics

Vonn, Goliath, and Lilly. My hand gives you an idea of how small they still are.

Babies beginning to play.

Momma and Lilly.

Growing up

Vonnegut exploring.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Weights

Lilliput has found her Leaping Legs!!!!

Lilly is now 1 and 1/2 pounds
Vonnegut is 2 and 1/4 pounds
Mary is 2 and 1/2 pounds
and Goliath is 3 and 1/4 pounds

We are all gaining. Yay!!

Little Miracles


Lots of little miracles today. One of our little baby-ish chickens was bleeding out of her back end this morning and half dead. I took her in the house and set her up in a basket in the bathroom. I expected her to be dead when I came home, but instead I came home and she was wandering around checking out the bathroom. So, miracles do happen.

Little Lilliput seems to be doing better today. Her diarrhea butt seems to be clearing up and she's more perky than I've seen her. Phew. And the others are beginning to test the springs in their feet. Pretty soon, they'll be bouncing off the walls!!

We'll be weighing everyone tonight, so we'll have a good idea of how everyone is progressing. And Sunday is the torture day when everyone gets disbudded. Yikes!!

Photo isn't a great one, but gives you some idea of sizes of everyone.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

BumbleBabies


The BumbleBabies are all doing great. They are eating and sleeping and doing all those other things little almost day old kids should be doing. Momma is wonderful...she has slimmed down quite a bit and is hungry, hungry, hungry--but that's her norm.

Little Lilliput made it through the night. We did check on her a couple of times in the night, but she was up and about and sleeping no more than her brothers and sister. She got a bit of fake food this morning, just for paranoia's sake, but she seems to be getting enough from Momma. And she is peeing and pooping, which I take to be a great sign.

For those of you interested:
Lilliput was born first at 1 pound,
Mary came in at 2 pounds,
Vonnegut was 1 and 3/4 pounds,
and our still unnamed monster of a boy (relatively speaking) came in at 2 1/2 pounds. And I believe was born last.

We have turned into the local petting zoo and have already had lots of visitors and we love it. And it's good for the babies too--gets them used to people and handling (though there isn't much handling going on at less than a day old).

We will keep you posted on updates.
The photo is Vonnegut next to a 2 gallon bucket to give you an idea of his size.

BumbleBabies

Vonnegut
Mary
Goliath
Lilliput


Monday, July 27, 2009

This is our little runt...

Babies at Last


The new additions to BumbleChick Farm! Yes, there are four babies in that pile of fur.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Cheese, Glorious Cheese


I just made my first batch of goat milk cheese!!

I was given a goat milk cheese making kit for my birthday, along with a half gallon of fresh raw goat milk from Tart (who lives at WindyFields Farm--as our own goats are stubbornly not giving birth). I started the batch of Chevre yesterday afternoon, warming the milk and adding the starter. I left this overnight, then put the curds into the molds this morning to drain. When I came home from work this afternoon, my cheese was ready. I have eaten a quarter pound of it myself already. This could become a problem. I read that this cheese freezes well, so I am going to take part of the batch and freeze it to test that claim.

I also started a batch of Kombucha, a fermented tea drink that is 'spose to be really good for you. It should be ready to test next Monday. And I did learn a great use for my Days of the Week kitchen towels--I used Monday to cover my Kombucha so now I don't have to remember what day I started it. Of course, my kitchen counters are beginning to look a bit scary, between the jugs of wines, the rum pot, saur kraut, Kombucha, and setting cheese--I'm beginning to worry myself.

Monday, July 13, 2009

SourKraut

For those of you interested in the kitchen goings ons, we have just taste tested the sour kraut after four days in the pot, and it tastes like salty cabbage.  But not bad.  We will have to let it age longer and try it again in a few more days.  

As for the wines, they are ready for another racking...and taste test.  Will keep you posted!!!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Still Waiting

We are still waiting on Ginger!  Yesterday was 150 days, and her first kidding she gave birth at 147-148 days...so she is taking her sweet time this year.  Perhaps she is waiting on me to clean out and freshen up the stall she and her new baby(s) are going to go into.  The stall still has not-so-baby baby chicks in it.  

It's going to be a busy day.  We need to get the baby chicks moved out of the barn and to a more permanent location.  Then we need to clean out that stall and get it ready for Ginger.  I'd also like to move the boy goats out of the barn for a while and get their stall really cleaned out and scrubbed down before fall creeps up on me and I still haven't done it.  So we will be putting the boys with Troy...and when we do that, we have to find (and fix) the breach in security where Ajax was escaping from last time the boys hung out with Troy.  

Thursday, July 9, 2009

bees and babies

We are still waiting on babies from Ginger.  Nothing yet, but she keeps showing signs that she's getting close.  

Our second hive swarmed today...the Buckfast bees and to add insult to injury, one of my girls dive bombed me and then stung me when I walked near the hives to see how they were settling.  

Excitement on the farm!!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Babies

Looks like we might be looking forward to babies any day now.  Ginger, our four year old Nigerian goat, is showing signs of kidding.  We expect kids on Wednesday or Thursday--but let's face it, she's going to pop when she's ready to pop.  We will keep you posted...and post pictures!!!!  

Friday, July 3, 2009

Sunshine

It looks like the sun is finally going to shine down on us for a little bit.  Let's hope it lasts!!!  Maybe we can get some gardening done--or not.  Though the garden's not looking too bad, considering the long month of daily rain.  I worry for the potatoes...they must be rotting away beneath the dirt...but I guess we'll just have to wait and see.  At least the weeds seem to like the rain and the honeybees seem to like the weeds...

We are preparing for a visitor from New York who's coming this afternoon.  We decided to invite a Fresh Air Kid come and stay with us for a week.  We were matched with a ten year old girl named Diamond.  We're very excited to share our farm with her for the week and hope she likes animals and critters, for we have lots of both.  If we're lucky, she likes cleaning stalls...