Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
This week, they completed the stairway at the back of the garage...giving us access to a rather large amount of attic space above the garage and kitchen areas. Or, someday, perhaps a bonus room....maybe a man cave? Hubbs did mention that a lounge chair would fit quite nicely in that space!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
They are both tri-color with blue eyes.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
"Maybe if I stare at them long enough,
one will fall out of the basket and
I can have a yummy treat!"
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
And this is the end result of all that drumming....
We have many trees in our woods that look just like this one. The amazing thing is that each of these holes goes through the entire sapwood of the tree right into the heartwood...about five inches into the tree.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Here is is cuddled up in Becky's arms....our tiny little lap goat!
Monday, March 16, 2009
At one point, TomTom had just burrowed under a pile of hay, when a couple of the horses headed for that particular pile. Upon reaching the hay, they stuck their noses down and opened their mouths for a nibble. Just at that moment, TomTom sprang out of the hay obviously startled by the horses' presence. At the same time, the horses were quite startled and jumped for fear at the sight of a tiny orange tiger leaping out of their breakfast.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Eventually, when all of these toys are gone, we will have a front lawn again...but for now, Tonka Toys and stones are what we have!
We were saddened to find several large Hemlock trees that had snapped in half from Winter wind storms. This particular tree trunk will be cut into segments to use as bases under our five new beehives. A friend told Hubbs that Eastern Hemlocks (Pa's State tree) are succumbing to some disease. This is quite alarming for us as a large part of our forest is comprised of these lovely conifers.
Addendum: Jack did a little research and it seems that the "disease" of hemlock trees is actually and infestation of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, a sap-sucking bug from East Asia. Apparently an infestation of this pest can wipe out a hemlock forest in short order, thereby changing the carbon cycle of that area. There is some experimentation with releasing a type of beetle from Japan that will eat the Adelgid. The use of biologicals is not without risk however......we always pay some price for "playing" with our ecosystems.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Here is the view looking up from the great room into the loft area. There is a bedroom roughed-in in the upper left corner. The upper right room(unseen) will serve as my sewing room and a guest room when needed.
Bottom left is dining room and to the right of that the study.
So much is left to do inside the house.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Quite often we get requests to remove the horns on the goats that we sell. Our answer is emphatically "no". And for good reason. The surgery to remove horns on a goat is extremely painful to the goat. The horns grow from the goat's skull. In order to adequately anesthetize a goat to prevent the horrific pain of this surgery, it requires doses of local anesthesia that are toxic to the goat. Therefore, most goats who have their horns removed suffer horribly. We refuse to do this to our goats....or any animal. So, Bee Haven Acres goats remain horned. If you ever purchase a goat...give good thought to this fact. And remember, a little caution is all that is required around their horns. If you have small children...perhaps you might want to purchase a goat that is polled.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
First of all it is important to remember that goats are social animals and do not thrive if they are alone. So, if you want a goat...you want at least 2 goats. Goats do not require a large amount of space. You should provide a minimum of 30 square feet per goat. We house our goats in several fenced in areas. Fencing must be non-climb wire fence as these feisty little guys can be quite good escape artists. Each of our goats has his own large size dog house lined with clean straw for shelter. However, quite often two goats will share a house just for the company. Our fainters do not climb well, so they stay off the roofs. Our dwarf Nigerians spend a lot of time on top of their houses. So it is essential to place houses in the center of their yard....that way they cannot escape by way of the roof.
Goats require twice daily feeding with a nutritionally complete chow as well as additional grazing or hay supplementation. These animals are ruminents and spend a good portion of the day chewing their cud. Goats only have teeth on the bottom....and a palate (gums) on the top....so they cannot bite. At least if they nibble, they do not hurt.
Goats also require occasional maintenance such as hoof trimming, worming, and health check-ups and innoculations to assure their health and longevity.
If you are interested in having goat's milk, you must first breed your goat. Once the babies are weaned you can continue to milk your goat daily to keep her supply coming. Some breeds of goats are better milkers than others. So if this is your area of interest, do some research.
For us, goats provide comic relief hours of fun. They are always happy to see us, much like dogs. They love to follow us around the farm during chore time....always hoping to get yummy treats. They truly are a wonderful, loving addition to any farm.
Yesterday it was quite sunny and the temperature neared 40 degrees. I decided to lift the outer cover of our 5 beehives and look for signs of life. Three out of 5 hives had bees clustered around the opening on the inner cover. This is quite a stressful time of year for the bees. The queen has hopefully started to lay eggs and brood is hatching....getting the colony's numbers built up in preparation for Spring's nectar flow. With winter honey stores low or gone, it is the time of year that can result in lots of casualties from starvation.
With that in mind, I purchased 10 pounds of honey at the grocery store and poured a bit into each of the hives, to give them an emergency feeding. I will most likely do this a few more times until warmer weather arrives and I can fully inspect the hives. At that point, I will attach a syrup feeder to each hive and feed them until the first blossoms of spring show their faces.