Monday, December 31, 2007

Winter Wonderland

"I'm dreaming of a white Christmas..." Well, how about New Years. We have had a few small snows over the month of December...not enough to add up to much. This morning we awoke to a magnificent scene. We had about 3 inches of snow during the night and it was just enough to cover everything with a fluffy blanket of cold.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Ups and Downs of Goats

I have wonderful video footage of these girls playing on their see-saw....up and down and playfully ramming each other, however my video was shot with too high a resolution and I cannot upload it. (Note to self: reset camera and get some IT help to see if it is possible to lower resolution of video....."leave me a message if you know how to do this"). I stood for the longest time watching their antics....so very cute! Here are a few pictures....but believe me, the video is so much better!



It seems like the girls are getting a little thick around the abdomen...so it looks as if pregnancy is for real.

Today, Jack and I went for a walk with the dogs. As we approached the goat fence, our two Dwarf Nigerian goats took off in a run to follow us. They went bounding across their yard towards the fainting goats as that was the direction we were walking. All this activity took O'Malley by surprise and she stiffened and dropped to her side...feet in the air! I will never get used to how these guys "faint" when startled. We just carried on with our walk and looking back over our shoulders, found that O'Malley had quickly recovered. Fainting goat false alarm!

Monday, December 17, 2007

WinterWonderland....Nightmare for Some!



I woke up to the sound of Old Man Winter literally knocking on my kitchen window. This was the scene I was met with. The whole world around here is covered in ice. It is beautiful, but has caused a lot of problems for many people in the area. We lost several tree limbs, but were lucky enough to not have them land on anything important. Several communitites in the area are without power today thanks to this ice storm. During the night, as I drifted in and out of sleep, I was aware of the sound of ice and branches hitting the roof and sliding down to the ground below. That same ground is now covered with shards of ice that look as if someone cleaned out their ice machine and threw the cubes all over the patio and yard!

Looking across to the neighboring farm, you can see just how icy my world is today!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

For the Birds

Yesterday afternoon, we headed out to the barn to feed the horses and goats. Jack continued on up the hill to the chicken house and yard. Usually, on our late afternoon rounds, the chickens are let out to run around the farm a bit. Even though they have a rather large yard outside their house, they seem to enjoy foraging through the woods for a bit each day. When he reached the place where the chicken yard came into sight, Jack saw a hawk sitting on the fence. Upon seeing Jack coming his way, the hawk took flight. Feeling concern about the hawk's close proximity to the chickens, Jack ran to the chicken yard to check on the girls...only to find the smallest of our red chickensPhoto Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket (a fancy one) decapitated and partially eaten. On the farm, this is a sure sign of winter. The small, wild animals have taken to their burrows and now the hawks hunt anything they can...which usually causes a sharp decrease in our chicken population.

In an attempt to prevent any further loss, we spent this morning covering the chicken yard with bird netting to keep the hawks out. No more exploring around the farm for our dear girls until Spring.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Detente

One of Maddie's (our 130+ lb. Newfie) favorite things in the whole world is playing with and chasing Charlie Brown. In this picture, Charlie is refusing to move. Don't worry, though, Maddie has the patience of Job and will wait until Charlie finally leaps to the floor. Then the two of them will take off on a merry chase through the house...rugs flying....crashing into anything in their way.....until Charlie finds the refuge of some high piece of furniture where the dentente will begin again......a little like deja vu!!!

Monday, December 3, 2007

New Additions

Bee Haven Acres is proud to present the newest members of our family! Meet Star and Ash. They are Dwarf Nigerian Goats and they are pregnant!! Dwarf Nigerian goats are a small goat breed that make excellent milk goats. They originate from.....Nigeria, Africa, of course. They are much more athletic than the fainting goats. These two girls were bottle fed kids so they are quite wonderfully socialized. They love climbing as you can see by the pictures of them on top of their houses. They are extremely curious and seem to enjoy watching the farm goings-on from that vantage point. Ash has the small white spot on her forehead and Star has a larger spot on hers. Star also has white markings on her side.

Here are a few pictures of the newcomers.....

Look How Chip Has Grown!

You might remember that our fainting goats came to Bee Haven Acres on Memorial Day of 2007. Amongst the group were our two kids....O'Malley and Chip. I thought it might be fun to see how the kids have changed. They are both fully mature. In fact, with any luck, our Chip will be a daddy this coming Spring. He had the task of impregnating our three older girls during the months of October and November. Very soon Becky will ultrasound the girls to see if they are carrying kids.

Here is a picture of Chip (Blue Chip Stock) when he first arrived....

And here are a couple of pictures that show how he has matured. What a handsome guy he has become!!
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And here is our little O'Malley....all grown up....her coat has come in so very wooly - she almost looks like she is one half sheep!
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