Boy how time flies! So much has been going on at the farm that we’ve been busy from sun up to sun down. Where do I start? Oh, I’ll start with the new additions to the farm.
We’ve just completed a full season of goat kidding. We decided on a Missouri Native Tree naming pattern for the kids this year.
Winnie gave us two doelings, Sassafras & Hazel, and a buckling, Oakley, on March 18th. Each are healthy and growing fast. Hazel has found a new home but the other two will remain on the farm.
On May 4th, I drove to Illinois and found a really nice Silver Fox Buck Rabbit. Grason is from Thumping Trail Rabbitry owned by Chelsea. She is wonderful with her rabbits and I know we will continue a friendship.
Then on May 5th, I drove over to see Dinah at Blue Ridge Rabbitry in K.C. and found two beautiful does, a Silver Fox and an American blue. Both are rare heritage breeds known for their high meat quality and pelt.
Sweetpea gave us two bucklings on May 6th. It was a difficult and painful delivery with the first buckling. The buckling was wrapped in the umbilical cord around his neck and with a leg backwards. His distress triggered the delivery as it was wrapped so tightly it took a bit to free him tearing Sweetpea’s vulva. Sadly, he didn’t last but a few minutes after birth even with my intervention of CPR.
Oreo, Sweetpea’s mother, gave us our final does for the season. Redbud and Willow. We were expecting the strong cream and white pattern from Curry’s coloring but she surprised us with a red and white. We hope to see more of this pattern in future kids.
And to protect them all, an Anatolian Shepard puppy we’ve decided to name Thea. She’s living with the goats so she can hind and protect. She was raised with goats, chickens, and ducks an sis fitting in just fine.
Overall, we are thankful for the new animals on the farm!