Archive | May, 2017

Sweet Caroline

31 May

Since Annie was due to kid today, before I went back to work yesterday, I shut her (and Vinnie and Clover) into the Love Shack so it would be easier for my mom to check them.  As it turns out, I stayed home sick with a sinus headache.

Polka Sallie Annie Osboer

Luckily, mom still came out to help me keep an eye on the girls.  She also got some llama hugs from Maybeline.

Mom and Maybeline

In the first twenty-four hours that Annie was shut in there, I had to cut the panel three times to get her head out, I got it out once without cutting the panel, and I yelled at her a couple of times to keep her from putting her head through.  She was not happy.  She wanted to go out to pasture with everyone else.  She was not quiet about it.

Sometime after my headache went away but before I felt perfectly back to normal, I saw that she was in labor.  She still continued to focus on everyone out in pasture, so I finally shut her in the Love Shack and told her she wasn’t coming out until she gave birth.  I encouraged her to push.  She tried pushing me out the door.  After being a bit more specific about pushing the baby out her back side, she just hunched up and refused to push or do anything.

I tried to help her, but she turned into a crazy woman screaming, “Don’t touch me there!”  I gave up and called the vet.  It’s a lot easier when I can focus on one end while the vet focuses on the business end.  Finally, he got her baby out.

I present to you Sweet Caroline.

Sweet Caroline Goodberry

Annie seems pretty proud.

The sweet part of Caroline does come from Annie and her mom, Sallie.  Her dad, Sam, is certainly not sweet.

We’ve started off our June kidding with a bang!

I hope you’ll come back and join us for Friday’s Hunt.  I have this week’s items listed at the top of my sidebar.

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Fledglings

30 May

It seems this past weekend was the time for all the little blue jays to leave the nest. This one I photographed in the north paddock with Minnie and Helen on Sunday.

The next afternoon, I rescued one from my yard before the dog got it.  I put it in the safety of the paddock with Minnie and Helen.

When I went back later to give Helen her meds, the baby was gone (and no feathers), so I hope its parents found it.

I hope you’ll come back to join me for Friday’s Hunt.  I have this week’s items listed at the top of my side bar.

A New Chicken

29 May

I seem to have a new chicken.  Do you see him?  No.  Not the rooster.

The first time I saw him I was walking into the building to feed the chickens and went flying out past my head.  I’m not sure which one of us was more startled.  The gander seemed entertained by him.

He likes to just hang around.

Well, I guess he likes to eat the corn too.

I’m guessing he could get used to the room service in the chicken pen.  I think it also means I need to do a lot of work on my chicken pen.

I do hope you’ll come back to join me for Friday’s Hunt.  I have this week’s items at the top of my side bar.