More goats on the farm

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.

A cat’s life

Around April 2015 a mama cat deserted her kittens that were about 6-8 weeks old and I tried to save them all but I couldn’t.
Stripey and Harry were the two survivors.

They were probably not quite a year old yet and something was wrong with Stripey. I took him to the vet to find out his jaw was broken he had been kicked in the jaw by someone. He had surgery his jaw had to be wired shut for many weeks. Needless to say, this was quite and expensive visit. The vet neutered him for free at the same time.

I later had Harry neutered so all our cats are fixed. We do our part to help the overpopulation of cats in the world.

We were not in the market any more cats at the time but needless to say, we inherited these two. They stay outdoors unless the weather’s bad then I bring them in the house.

This the life of these two cats lots of lounging around following me around in the pasture because they are quite snoopy. They eat two times a day and stalk lizards,
small snakes, birds, and anything that crosses their path.

Mr. Bird is good friends with them and they are always getting into mischief.

The cat’s life is a rough life. The first picture is Stripey and the second one is Harry.

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The little lamb

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.

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The little things in life

Hummingbirds are such beautiful tiny birds.

I see them by the feeders we have out but sometimes in the flowers in the yard.

When they zip by you when you’re outside it’s a  quick buzz that happens so fast you can miss it.

Here is the recipe I use for hummingbird nectar.

1 – cup of sugar

4 – cups of water

Bring to a boil take off the fire let cool and then add to feeders. Change out the nectar every couple of weeks especially when it is hot.

There have been years I can not put out enough nectar but this year there seems to be more wasted than what is eaten. I contribute part of that to the hummingbird friendly plants that bloom we have in our yard.

Hummingbirds make you realize it is the little things in life that truly matter.

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The baby bird

I watched the mama bird and daddy bird build the nest in the bird house.

I saw them take turns in the bird house. One would fly out then come back the other would fly out and come back.

It takes about 12 – 14 days for the eggs to hatch and by day 15 they are actually able to fly.

I remember the day I heard the sounds of baby birds.

Every morning it’s not raining  Daisy and I go out and feed the birds and I would see the mama or daddy going into the nest or hear the babies crying.

This past Wednesday Daisy and I headed out and one of the babies was sitting on the edge. Of course, I panicked thinking it was going to fall out and I had no way to get it back in the nest up so high. I tried to tell it to get away from the hole and get back in there lol. It was not listening to me but was not scared of me.

I could hear the mom and dad whistling at it in a nearby crepe myrtle tree. I decided to put Daisy back in the house and grab the camera to get a few pictures. After taking a few pictures I wanted to go under the bird house and take one more shot shooting up.

At that very moment, the little baby bird flew and I have to say I was so proud.

The beauty of nature never ceases to amaze me.

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Mr. Bird in a tree

Mr. Bird the cat was outside and Miss. Daisy did not like the direction he was headed so she proceeded to round him up.

He ran up into the tree and sat there like he owned it. I think he was thinking ” Ha Ha you can’t climb a tree”.

They play like this all the time because they are best friends. He stayed in that tree for over and hour sitting in that same position. We came in the house because of it being so hot outside.

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