Tag Archives: hay

Back on the Back

2 Aug

When they were baling hay on the Back Forty, they were careful to close the gates so nobody got on the back side.  Remember, I had everyone shut off because they goats were in the corn field.  I have posts, but I’ve been waiting for the hay to be made before I went out and fixed fence.  Well, when they had to change hay racks, they didn’t see the llamas, so they left the gates open for the few minutes it took to switch racks.  Yep, the llamas came in.

Aurora, Maybeline, and Odie coming through the gates the next day.

We tried getting them out.  But they were having none of it.  And you can’t herd llamas.  Odie just kicked her heels up and laughed at me when I tried herding them out.

Odie

So I did a quick hobble job to hold them out of the corn field for now, and everyone is back on the back half of the Back Forty.

No goats in the corn!

Even Haley made it out there.

Notice how brown it is.  Luckily, we had about two-tenths of an inch of rain right after we finished making the hay, but we are still way too dry.

Pretzel running to get a bottle. Poor girl just had her mid-day bottle cut.

Soon, this back hill will get cut and made into the rest of the hay I need for winter.

Getting the barn filled with hay will make me feel good.

Odds and Ends of What’s Going On

27 Jun

Summer is such a busy time on the farm that I can’t seem to keep caught up with everything that’s going on.  Although, that seems to be true all year round.  The kids are growing and doing well.

Zinnia, Ivy and Jack-in-the-Pulpet

Glover

I’m still taking inventory of the big kids every night to make sure everyone is safe in the barnyard.

Chunky and Caroline

It’s getting hard to count because they just flop everywhere and don’t necessarily cuddle with their maa or siblings anymore.  They are also getting big, and I keep forgetting to count some of them or try to count my adults as kids.

Chiffon and LilyAnn in the midst of a bunch of kids

I think I’ve found the right food combination for the chickens.  It’s a good day when you get eleven eggs from the eleven hens, especially when this is the fourth year laying for over half of them.

We nearly had a traffic jam on the farm the other day.  My nephew was spraying the soybeans while his dad was moving the round bales.

The bales got put in the shed up north for this winter’s use.

Haley is still doing well.  Bless my son and nephew for holding her while I change the bandage.  Last time, I even trimmed her hooves.  I thought that might continue to encourage her to put more weight on it.

Haley

I think I mentioned that I finally got a push mower.

Sky checking out whatever this is that invaded his yard.

Between everything else and rain showers, I’m trying to reclaim my yard. That is also a never-ending project it seems like.  It’s also sad that it takes the mower, grass shears, tree loppers, and a machete to get the job done. But, I am making progress.

Pretzel had the hardest time figuring out how to nurse her maa.  She is so tall and Moira’s teats hang fairly low, and it just wasn’t working.

Pretzel nursing Moira

I think it was the first two or three days that I had to help her nurse before she could get it on her own. She has it figured out now, and that makes life much easier.

Finally, I leave you with three lazy llamas.

Odie, Aurora, and Maybeline

They have the pampered life!

Just Some Things

16 Jun

My waterway was baled in big round bales for my nephew.  I am worried about my hay.  As long as we get rain at some time, I should be okay.  It might be fall though.  Hopefully, we get rain by then.

Garden season is well under way, and, as usual, I’m trying to get caught up with the garden.

I was kind of procrastinating because I didn’t want my hands so dirty in case I had to pull a baby out of Onyx (still waiting).

Still struggling to keep the finger out of the way with the new phone camera too.

I seriously have to quickly make a decision on whether or not to try and replant some of the stuff that didn’t come up.  There was also some things that came up and the seedlings immediately died because of the heat, so I’m not sure it would do much good to replant.

peppers and eggplant

With daily watering, I think I’m finally getting some of the plants caught up and looking better.

cabbage

Bless my mom for helping me to weed while I’m still trying to keep from having dirt ground into my skin.

onions

Mom weeding potatoes

The swallowtail caterpillars are enjoying the dill.

It didn’t even seem to mind getting watered.

We are also fully into the season for hanging laundry out on the line.

Sky likes to help.

It dries quickly when it’s this hot.