Sunday, August 13, 2017

A Good Sunday Afternoon

Sunday afternoon it rained a good spell and then the sun came out and my girls all ran outside to spend time with the animals.

We let the bucks out to do some foraging.  The girls watched them and fed little Alaska.  Alaska has been sold and will go to his new home in just one weeks time.  I'm afraid my girls will be heart-broken.  My middle daughter has already cried about it but we really don't need any more bucks. 

They are incredibly friendly.  Bucks make the best pets!
Here my daughter is trying to keep the big Bucks from treating little Alaska Star to rough.

  Brownie is taming up really nice and is very curious about everyone.  We love his spots! 

My youngest is always eager to feed Alaska.  We were feeding Luna as well, but she has already gone to her new home.  They will continue to feed her until she weans. 
Luna, a few days before we sold her.

Our Turkeys are growing fast!  They strut and gobble and are still some of the friendliest birds we own.  If they see me outside they run to the fence and will follow me around the yard.

It's always fun to play with the kids!

This little bucklings is also sold and will go to his home soon.  He is wondering why my daughter is on his toy.  My girls are playing hard with all these cuties right now while they can. 
It has been fun, but the yard is getting crowded.  It will be good so see some of them go.

My middle child decided she wanted to make a dead bug collection.  She gathered all the shedding skins and dead bodies of the Cicadas and dragonflies she found around the back of our porch.  The amount she found is kind of crazy!

We have Cicadas all over our property.  They live 14-17 years underground before emerging and molting their nymph bodies as flying adults.  Then they make their famous loud chirping/buzzing sounds for about a month, mate and die.  17 years underground for just 4-5 weeks of adult life.  Wow.

Below is an adult I caught shedding on our back porch a few nights ago.  I found the colors fascinating.


We adopted my Sister's buck rabbits.  They rode in the van with us for 17 hours to get here from Wyoming and they are adjusting well.  The first day they looked SO miserable!  Wyoming doesn't get hot or humid like Oklahoma, so they had a bit of climate shock at first.  They didn't move a lot and would just lay and look at me.  But now they are up and hoping around.

I moved the white rabbit to another pen with lots of green grass to prevent the two males from fighting.  I had not seen them fight, but just assumed they would.  Well, he didn't like that at all like I thought he would and he escaped during the night.  We found him laying by the black rabbit's pen the next morning.  Isn't that something?  He could of gone anywhere but instead sought out his brother and stayed close by.    So now they are back together. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Bucky Bucks!

I currently have 4 bucks that can do their job.  They are pretty good boys for the most part.   They are not aggressive and love attention.  At night all we have to do is stand by their pen and they all go in and settle down for the night.  No chasing or trying to coral them, like we do with the does sometimes. 

Today I went out and was cleaning out their water bucket, when little Hickory, our lightest buck, jumped up on me.  I scratched his ears and patted his chin, and that is when I felt something very warm on my leg.  Looking down I realized he was squirting me and very pleased with himself.   Let's just say I didn't share his enthusiasm. 

Bucks.  Why must they be so Bucky?!

The Buck Pen.   They all get along great, but enjoy butting heads as they establish whose boss.  Hickory is the light one there.  He is the smallest in the pen, but determined to challenge the bigger guys every chance he gets.  Haha.

Brownie is a new addition to our yard.  I bought him for his spots and blue eyes and because his momma and some really nice udders.  He was so timid when he first arrived but is taming up really nice.
Cowboy is the father to all the kids this year.  He is so nicely mannered. 

This is Hickory.  He looks white in this picture, but in person he does have a tan hint.
Frost is a baby from last year.  He has one half horn, from a debudding that wasn't done soon enough.

Hi Frost!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A Beautiful Morning.

It rained yesterday.  After the rain the plants are always greener, the air is fresh and clear, and the animals are lively and full of energy.  The morning chores today were a pleasure in the cool morning breeze the rains left behind.

Baby Alaska on a Road Trip! With Chickens and Rabbits.

My sister had her first, adorable, baby girl that I just had to go see.  Easy decision.  However, the tricky part about this decision was that she lives in Wyoming, a good 17 hours away, and I have a bottle baby goat to worry about named Alaska Star.

We thought about my husband taking the little guy to work with him but we quickly dismissed the idea.  Can you imagine a little goat bleating in his in office all day and work associates asking about why he brought a little lamb to work.

 Then I thought about getting him a goat sitter but we dismissed that idea when family in Wyoming expressed a strong desire to love on a baby goat.  So because we wanted to show him off, Alaska Star got to go on the road with us!  We also dropped off some chickens to some cousins and picked up some rabbits to bring home from my sister.

Photo Archive of our Trip: 

Feeding Alaska in the van while it is raining outside.
Alaska is at the bottom of rock.  This was at a rest stop in Wyoming.

The chicks had to ride in a carrier in the back.  They are all cramming the front of the carrier here.  They actually had more room then it appears.