Monthly Archives: May 2014

Look What the Cat Dragged In!

Perhaps the only thing cuter than a new lamb is a baby bunny – this one deposited at KN’s feet while we were down at the barn this morning. Bunny (dubbed Catnip by KN) was a tad shocked by the unexpected turn of events, but unharmed. It is recovering overnight in private quarters and will be released tomorrow.


Sonya and Celeste

Sonya (half Cotswold) delivered a huge, robust lamb (Daddy is Babar, purebred Cotswold) yesterday. Mom and baby are doing well.


Lamb in a Feed Tub

20140512-153707.jpg Posting just because this wee lamb is pretty darn cute!


Spring! (Weekly Photo Challenge)

Spring! (Weekly Photo Challenge)

Blossoms and blue skies… signs that spring is really here.

Z is for Catching Some Z’s

When I started this A to Z challenge I had no idea so many of the posts would wind up with a swinish theme…
It only seems fitting I conclude with a photo of one of the new arrivals having a snooze. I am also looking forward to catching up on my sleep, enjoying my very own bed where I can stretch out in luxurious comfort…


Y is for Yellow…

… gold, yellow, amber, orange – such a warm display from our cheery tulips, as happy to see the sun as we are.


X is for This Way Up

Piglets are not the only thing that’s been incubating around here. We are also hatching out various types of poultry in a couple of very basic incubators. These do not automatically adjust if temperature or humidity is off a bit, so I check the temperature manually several times a day and adjust as necessary.

x marks the eggs

Ridley Bronze turkey eggs in the incubator.

I also need to adjust the position of the eggs, turning them from one side to the other several times a day. To keep track of which side is up, I mark the eggs with X’s and O’s. Each time I turn the eggs I also record the temperature and note the direction in which I turned them (left or right). Each incubator (one for turkeys, one for chickens) has its own chart.

Every time I open the lid of an incubator, adjust the temperature, turn the eggs, add a bit of water to the tray in the bottom (to raise the humidity) I think about the broody birds who do such a good job of hatching out eggs and give them a silent nod of thanks for helping to reduce my workload just a little (we also let some of the birds sit on their own nests – the ducks and bantam hens make the most amazing mothers).