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Chicks and Goat Kids

New Goat Kids

Leia had her goat kids on Sunday, March 5. Matt found them at about 11 PM when he was taking Titan out for a bathroom break before bed.

Both the kids are girls! Yay for us! Boys are nice, too. Girls are easier to sell because they will grow up to give milk just like their mom.

The one with the white spot on her nose is Shey. The one with the small dot on her head is Chocolate Frosty. Frosty was born in the snow.

Unfortunately Leia didn’t like Frosty one bit! I don’t know if it was because she was born in the snow, and not in the stall like Shey was.

Sometimes goats are like that. For some reason they reject a kid.

Frosty was pretty cold when Matt found her. It took us about 2 hours to warm her up with a blow dryer. I held her inside my warm winter jacket, and made sure the blow dryer was blowing right into my coat so she would warm up as quickly as possible.

We have bottle fed kids and lambs before, so it isn’t a problem to feed her a bottle.

MissE likes Frosty, too!

She’s so cute! And she’s very, very loud!

Shey is fine. Leia loves her, and watches over her. Shey is a little shy around humans because her mother takes care of all her feeding.

New Chicks!

We have baby chickens, too!

Jupiter likes to sleep on top of the brooder. A brooder is really just a safe, warm place to raise chicks until they have enough feathers to keep them warm.

As the chicks get a little older, they don’t need to be quite as warm. Every week we’ll move the heat lamp up a little because the chicks won’t need as much heat.

They are such cute little fluff balls when they are only a few days old!

They are 12 days old today. They have grown, and they are starting to get feathers.

We have two kinds of chicks. We have a lot of Buff Orpington chicks. We have six Light Brahma chicks.

Sometimes we order the chicks in the mail. What!? You can get chicks in the mail! Yes! The post office calls when they come in and I need to run right down and pick them up.

I ordered this group of chicks through our local IFA back in January. We have been planning on them for a while.

I also got an incubator a few weeks ago.

An incubator has the right temperature and humidity level to hatch eggs. I have a rooster, so some of my eggs are fertilized. That means that there is a chance that the eggs will grow chicks.

I don’t know how many will hatch!

We don’t really need more chicks than the ones that we have. All the chicks that hatch in the incubator will go to new homes.

I started incubating the eggs on March 13th. It takes 21 days to hatch chicks from eggs. Hopefully we’ll have some chicks hatch on Monday, April 3rd.

The incubator also has a small motor that rotates (turns) the eggs. Mama hens do the same thing. They keep the eggs warm, and they roll them around a little.

There is a light on top of the incubator. The light is there to check to see if there is a chick growing inside the egg.

I’ll post a photo next week! Hopefully we will see some little chicks growing!

Another Seed Experiment

I started another experiment with seeds.

Some of the seeds are started in plain water. Some of the seeds are started in a product that my husband and daughter developed. We’ll see which seeds begin to grow first, and we’ll see which seeds grow better. I call it ‘magic grow juice’ because it made our pasture grow so well last year!

I’ll keep you updated and let you know how the seeds grow. You’ll get to do the same experiment when you come to visit the farm next month. We’ll have a station where you get to plant a bean seed in a plastic bag just like me!

Photos from the Farm

Stormy likes to rest on this piece of wood when the weather is sunny.
Cocoa likes to come over to the fence for cheek scratches when the weather is warm.
Cocoa is such a sweet, gentle horse. I’m so glad she’s our new neigh-bor.

We haven’t chosen a name for the new ram yet. You can still go vote!

Have a great week! We’re so grateful for the rain and the mud! Spring is on the way, but we’re so happy to have all the rain and water for the summer.

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