The first calf was born on the farm and she is a registered miniature Hereford heifer named Penny.
She is about 2 weeks old in these pictures and you can tell she is very small. Compare her to the fence post by her mom.
She loves the kids and all the attention she has been getting.
Today I took out the camera it has been awhile.
I headed for the heifers next door and caught these cuties just in time.
The tongue shot was just good timing she had been eating molasses.
These cows lay on the edge of the round bale so this is why they have hay all over them. They do not seem to mind at all even if it is picture time.
Cows have many expressions and I love trying to capture their true personalities.
Some recently bought calves from an auction moved from across the street from us to next door.
See those ear tags with numbers those are from an auction. Many of these numbers are in a row so I think that would mean from the same person herd of cows.
I love having cows next door it has been a long time since this has happened.
Daisy is not quite sure yesterday she ran at the fence with her ball in her mouth thinking she could scare them. They stood their ground and she went on her merry way lol.
These girls are quite friendly they come to the fence to talk to me and some let me pet them. They seem to like to take pictures.
Our daughter and her husband drove 7 hours to pick up 2 more registered Nigerian dairy goats
One grown one already had babies and still has milk she will be bred again in August. Our daughter can practice milking on this goat 1 x a day because she still has milk. The other one was just bred and should have her babies in December. I said, babies, because most goats have multiples.
While they were there they went ahead and bought a buck and they were given a wether to keep the buck company. They say wethers make really good pets.
Now they have a total of 7 goats. I think that will be all the goats for now because some will be having babies and others will be bred when they are old enough.
I hope to get some pictures of them next week to share.
Next door I noticed a little lamb and normally all the lambs are born in the spring.
This mom is a Suffolk sheep and we are pretty sure by its color and markings, the baby is a Dorper sheep. The baby still has it tails all other lambs tails are removed when they are a week old or so. For some reason, the Dorpers keep their tails.
We are guessing this mom is a nanny sheep and she took on this orphan Dorper.
Needless to say, they are quite cute together and she seems quite protective of this little baby.
They were going to walk off when they saw me approaching the fence until they saw the cats following me. They stopped turned around and came back to look at the cats.
The curiosity of sheep is a funny thing sometimes.
I love photographing baby animals and their moms there is just something so sweet about it all.
This is Buttercup the goat she was bought at the same time as Princess.
When buying these little goats even though they are registered it is very important to view pictures of the farms first before putting down large deposits. This is a lesson our daughter has learned the hard way.
These babies were very small probably 7 pounds at the most when they were picked up. This past Sunday we weighed them and they were 9.5#s and that was after getting a lot of grain, hay and goat supplement milk replacer.
Our cat Mr. Bird weighs about 16#s to give you an example of how tiny these little goats are. He is actually taller than they are.
Buttercup was taken to the vet because she was coughing badly and she was diagnosed with pneumonia from being in overcrowded conditions at her previous home.
She is fine now fine and they are both getting daily injections of antibiotics for 5 days. Giving shots is not easy to goats they scream like a child.
We have been taking extra precautions since the little goats were sick to make sure they stay healthy and continue to grow properly.
Buttercup loves to run, jump and climb on the tires and even sleep inside the tires. The children are leash training the goats and they are all doing quite well.
I am now considering getting my own goats but do I want to keep them here or at our home or our daughter’s house with her hers I have to think about this.
Well, its official I am a goat sitter.
Jeanelle and David were supposed to sign the papers last Friday on the house and the seller held it up for two more weeks so it looks like it will be next Friday instead.
In the meantime, there were already 3 goats ready for pick up these things can not be canceled because you already paid a big deposit.
These little goats are in high demand and the registered ones are even harder to find. Jeanelle only wants registered goats because of shows and breeding. Our grandkids will get into shows as they get older. I think right now you have to be eight years old. They ought to be quite used to goat handling by then.
Needless to say, Clover sleeps at night in the small kennel on the back porch since she is all alone I do not want her to be scared of anything weird like Coyote noises and I am terrified of them getting to her. I have seen and heard them often around here when the baby sheep are being born in the springtime.
At daylight, I take her out and put her into the large cyclone kennel and feed and water her. That is where she stays until it is almost dark. She has a climbing thing in there and she stands, sits and climbs on it all day long. They are like little kids and love to play all day long.
She should have some friends here on Saturday the other two will be picked up the other side of Fort Worth.
I am not quite sure how easy it will be juggling three of them in and out of kennels but I love helping them out even if it is temporary. I might have to get my own goat to keep at their house just so I have one lol.