As you can see we have some new friends on the farm. We got a few baby chicks from TSC on Monday. The boys are a little rough with them, it's especially hard for Kaden. Kolin really likes them and wants to go to the "coop" and hold them all the time. We bought the chicks to follow in T-Bone's footsteps, get fat and get in the freezer. I asked for meat chickens, but apparently there isn't such a breed. Of course they all lay eggs but she suggested a bigger bird for eating. We may keep some if they are laying eggs, but eventually...
Right now they are staying in a portion of Kash's dog house. As they get bigger I'll expand their area. We got a heat lamp with a red bulb, the red light is supposed to help keep them calm. During the day I lift the shade over the window and at light I lower it to keep out the draft. I also attached some small wire over the front hog wire so the cats can't get in. They were sitting on the window ledge yesterday, dreaming of being inside that coop I'm sure. I feel fairly certain the cats can't get in so now my main concern is a snake. I haven't seen one up here around the house before so I'm hopeful.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Friday night we went to the sale barn and looked at goats for two hours. Let me rephrase that. Konrad looked at goats for two hours. The boys ran around banging gates and helping themselves to free snacks, drinks and candy for two hours. I looked at Konrad's top 5 or 6 choices, tried to limit the sugar consumption of the boys and eventually sat down and read a magazine for two hours.
Konrad got off work early on Saturday to go to the sale. I called him about two hours in and he hadn't bought anything yet. A little later he called and said, "I bought one." My first question was how much? He was under the predetermined limit, so all was good. I have to admit I was a little concerned he would get caught up at his first auction as a bidder. I really wanted to be there to watch him, I know he enjoyed it. After the sale the boys and I loaded up and went to help him load the new goat. We weren't really needed but it was fun to be there.
The other goats checking her out.
We haven't officially named her but are leaning strongly toward the name Mimi, or Miss Mimi. She will be our herd nanny for many years to come.