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23 Aug

The Nugget

The nugget is getting big.  I’m still going to insist that the chick has to be a girl (not that I really have a clue yet).  I think it’s safe to say that, even though mama is a Phoenix hen, the egg donor was a barred rock.

The phoenix chickens and the peacocks like to roost in the rafters at night.

I don’t know how mama got her little nugget up there.

But she managed to get it down in the morning too.  I’m impressed.

The Garage.

When I was at work on Friday, another load of dirt got hauled in and added to the front of the garage.  I think I will actually be able to get the Ranger in and out without having to use the all-wheel drive once the gravel gets spread over there.  I can hardly wait until it’s done!

The Rain.

It might be a while until they can do more work because we had another surprise rain Sunday morning and it rained on Monday too.  The mallow is really looking happy with the rain though.

The Calf.

The calf nursing is Purple 11’s baby that was born here.  He’s already getting big!

Cows and Llamas

22 Aug

You might recall that I had to move the llamas to the front pasture because Odie was going to attack a calf.  Since I had to let the llamas back into the barn, that meant I had to be a little bit wary about them meeting the cows. I had already taken the step of lowering my piece of panel to try and keep the naughty rump roasts out of the barnyard.

Cinnamon

The kids and some smaller goats can still scoot under the panel, but it does mean a lot of the goats don’t get to go through that door either.  Although, they can still use it to scratch between their horns.

Victoria

Luckily, not long after I let the llamas into the side of the barnyard that they get, Purple 11 came up to lick the salt/mineral block on the other side of the barnyard.

Purple 11

It didn’t take the llamas long to notice.

Estarr

Several of them went through the barn and stood in the back lean-to and watched through the panel.

Estarr, Maybeline, Odie, and Aurora

You’ve got to love the cows.  They just don’t get too excited about anything.

Finally, she was done licking the salt block and meandered back out to pasture.  The llamas stepped back.  Nobody tried to go under the panel and attack the cow.

I’m pretty comfortable that everyone is going to stay where they belong and we won’t have any problems!  At least I hope that’s what happens.

I 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.

The Difference Rain Can Make

17 Aug

It’s hard to believe that it was less than a week ago I shared how everything was suffering with drought.  After a couple of inches of rain over the last few days, everything looks much better!

The bean pods are still pretty flat, but you can see where they are starting to think about filling out.

Probably the biggest difference can be seen in the buffer strip where goats and cows aren’t eating.

We could use a whole lot more rain to really get caught up, but I feel much better about things now.

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.