Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I Know I Made Promises......

To be back to regular blog post this year.... But wooooweeee what a month.. Our last doe kidded February 9th with a single buckling. We had a total of 17 babies born here this year. 9 boys and 8 girls. Good Boy/ Girl ratio. Then I bought Ms. Lacey and she came with a set of twins Boy & a Girl. We are now waiting to hear if Kyla will be adding a doeling to her little herd when a friend's doe kids out. As well as one more buckling. Then we will be completely done with babies for the year. We have 2 doelings left to sell as well as boys for market and a few to raise for us for meat. So here is the Overload of Kid pics!
Ivy's girls.. Ivy is half Lamancha & Half Nubian bred to the Nubian buck.. 
She has one with elf ears and one with Nubian ears! 

Kids in Lock up....lol 

The human kids are just enjoying the babies.. They are not in lock up officially.. However if to many more boys start snooping around much more. Their Daddy may have something to say about that..

One little cutie!

It was a 17 kid pile up!

Momma's enjoying the warm sun.. Before the big freeze....

Ivy's girls again.. Just so cute!

More soaking up the Sun..

Valley showing her 'Tude!

The last little guy... His name is Bond..

Nap time... You can see the back of Bond's head here...

Some pretty human kids enjoying the warm day before the big freeze. 

My oldest girly and her 30 week  belly pic. 
We are counting down the weeks till the Grand Boy gets here. :) Still seems a bit unreal. 

  I have taken over the books with our church this last month. Our pastor resigned and has moved away. And we are searching for a new pastor. As well as doing some much needed upkeep on our church. It looks great. I am blessed to attend church with a group of like minded people. We know God has a plan for our church. It is a tough transition that many church do not survive.. but we have many determined members.
 We have also been working on fencing around here! We now have a new buck pen! It currently houses a wether and a steer but is intended for the 2 little bucklings that will be the new herd sires..  I have also been able to completely enclose the barnyard with hog panels that are topped with barbed wire. it provides a secure lock up that doesn't rely on the electric fence. Electric fence will be going back up for the rotational grazing just getting it organized better. It always looks to be the biggest mess in the middle of the "remodel".. All the other animals are doing well too. Still said about our losses this year.. First Little Ms. Hobo my ferocious chicken protector and driveway alarm and then Jinx sweet and beautiful doe that I was so excited to see her babies.... But such is farm life...
  We are enjoying the yummy goat's milk always such a relief to be able to drink it again. and skim the cream off the top for a glorious cup of coffee in the morning.  Made the first batch of cheese last week.. Good GOOD stuff.
 So that is what I have for now... Pray for me.. I need some sleep too.. combination of Bad weather, business of life and a cold that is trying to settle in and I am getting tired.. not to mention the big 4-0 coming up at the end of this week... Just don't seem right! Lol
  Have a blessed night!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

R.I.P. Jinx.......




 We were dealing with pregnancy toxemia in Jinx.. I thought I had it under control.. Then she got worse over night it seemed. I had a gut feeling to give her meds to start labor but didn't go with my gut feeling right away.. She passed away a few hours ago.. She was such a sweetheart and we loved her so much! She will be missed..
  I went and said I was going to be posting on a regular basis.. Well then kidding season happened.. 17 kids so far and only one more to go.. I will post pics soon..

Monday, January 12, 2015

JUST LIKE THAT......

 Kidding Season 2015 on RockyHill Farm begins! 3 days early by my calculations.. but within the safety window of kidding.. Day 147 for Ms. Lily and her twin Boy and Girl..

Boy in the tub and girl being held.
No names yet.. Boy will be wethered and girl sold at weaning
since I can't keep any doelings this year.
They were a little shivery...

Lily is an Excellent first time momma!!
She had them clean, fairly dry, up and eating when we found her and the babies.
Thankfully they were locked in the stall or she may have had them outside.

Cute little faces..
Lots of ear for momma being 1/2 Lamancha..

Nursing like a pro...

Warming them up for a bit.. 

 First fresheners are sometimes iffy on being good moms.. However waiting till my girls are about 2 years old when they kid seems to have avoided this issue.. All of my FF's that are older have done an excellent job mothering their babies.. Lily was #1 to kid out of the 9 we have.. Soooo one down and 8 to go... 

 Ms. Mercy is Mighty uncomfortable....


A time to be born...... Ecclesiastes 3:2
Today I got to hear my sweet little grandson's heartbeat.. And him kicking at the heart beat monitor. He responds to his daddy's hand on his momma's belly and to their voices too.. It is so sweet.. Anyone else he gets still or sinks low..Lol To see my daughter this grown up is sad to me as a momma but also so precious to see her maturing and planning on how she is going to be a momma.. And to hear that some things I thought I said in vain coming back to her.. God's blessings are abundant..