An Adventurous Weekend!

Who knew that living on a hobby farm could be so exciting!

Yesterday I went to the pen to let Otis out as I do every morning. I opened up the little door to his pen which leads outside and was greeted by the bright eyes and upright ears of my outside bunny Sadie! She had chewed through the chicken wire that encloses her cage. Not really a huge deal, however my other outside  bunny, Harold is housed in the same pen, in his own cage on the ground. Now, I don’t know how much you know about bunnies, but they are very creative when it comes to mating. If she was on the ground for any length of time, you can almost bet money that they found a way to give me baby bunnies to care for in about 35 days.

So, I gathered her up and brought her inside. We were all just getting ready for church, so I had no time at that point to fix her cage. So, she spent the day in our downstairs bathroom. Honestly, I don’t think she minded a bit.

Off we went to church then to my  mom and dads for lunch.

When we came home the puppy had destroyed two plants and a candle holder in the kitchen. Minimum damage done by his standards.

My son went out to see Otis (he LOVES Otis!) while I went onto the computer to sort out my Avon business. A few minutes later, he comes in looking for my husbands hammer. Seems that the wire on the gate has mysteriously been pulled off at the top corner. I have a sneaking suspicion that Otis might have had something to do with it. We went on a search for the hammer to no avail, so had to leave the gate as is. No danger of Otis getting out. Yet.

A few minutes later, I hear my son yelling for me. He sounds very upset, so I run downstairs and outside to see what is going on. There my son stands in the middle of the back yard, crying and wiping his eyes, with Otis right beside him! He had tried to get out of the pen, and Otis bumped him out of the way and went out himself. I go out to try to catch him, and my hyper little puppy runs out between my legs.

Now let me stop here to mention that Otis HATES my puppy. Actually, I would say he’s more terrified of him, than hate, but the end result was the same.

Otis takes one look at the little blonde Cocker Spaniel tearing out of the house from between my legs, blats once and starts to leap around the yard. I had no idea that goats were so graceful!

So, here’s the picture. Otis, the pure black pygmy goat leaping gracefully around the backyard, blatting his little head off. Winston, my purebred, 8 month old blonde Cocker Spaniel having the time of his life, chasing Otis, the pure black pygmy goat while he leaps gracefully around my back yard. My daughter in her church clothes and high heels, screaming at Winston, the 8 month old purebred Cocker Spaniel to stop chasing Otis. My son, standing in the middle of all this, crying and wiping his eyes, terrified that Otis was going to run away.

What’s a mother to do?

Winston did finally give up chasing poor Otis and my daughter was able to drag him into the house. At that point, all I had to do was open the stall door and Otis was more than happy to go in. Actually, he was standing at the stall door, begging to get in. Anything to get away from the puppy! I got him into his stall, put the puppy into his time out spot, set up a different cage for Sadie for the night and left the gate for today.

I wonder what adventures the animals will bring me today?

We Need A Name

Well, Poppy is settling in nicely. He does have a new name now, too. I’ve decided to name him Otis. And (unfortunately) I’ve started calling him Otis the Goatis. I know, I know, it’s bad. But there it is, that’s what his name is! LOL!

I’m just waiting to hear back about some chickens too. The owner of a local feed mill goes to a farm that sells egg laying hens once a month, so we’re just waiting to see if he’s going anytime soon. If not, we might be getting some day old chicks and raise them instead.

I’ve decided that I do want to get a rooster. I’d like to raise my own chicks and sell them.

We’re also trying to decide on a name for our farm. It’s tough, because this will be our name, how we’re identified to everyone, what we will advertise, have on our sign, our business cards, etc.

Our plans for the farm are: chickens, goats, selling eggs, a store that is eco-friendly where we’ll sell bio-degradable, earth friendly items, handmade soaps and candles, possibly teach a course or two on how to be eco-friendly, fresh, farm grown veggies, a butterfly sanctuary, and a petting zoo.

So, how does one incorporate all those into one name?

Thoughts??

I Got Me A Goat!

I did it! I got my goat. I’m so excited it’s silly. 😉

His name (for now) is Poppy and he’s a 4 year old Pygmy goat. He’s neutered and has been a pet for his entire life. I’m absolutely in love with him.

Right now he’s pretty scared and timid. He stays in his pen for now. But he’s eating which is good. I go in every day and spend at least an hour with him, talking to him and petting him, letting him know that I’m not going to eat him. 😉

Hopefully soon I’ll have a picture to show you. Once he settles in better I’ll take one to share. He’s such a little cutie!

Next are the chickens. I’m going to try ordering some egg laying hens, but if not, I’ll get some day olds and raise them myself. I’m just waiting for a call from our local feed shop to let me know if we can get the layers. Fingers crossed on those!

More Photo’s – The Chicken Coop

It’s been a while since I added new photo’s so I thought today was a good time to do that. Actually, I’ve been using the main computer that is set up all the time, rather than my laptop where the photo’s are kept. So, really, it’s sheer laziness that I haven’t pulled this one out to show you more pictures. 😉

The Chicken Coop

 

 

This is, as the title says, the chicken coop. It looks a bit rough on the outside, but it’s really not in that bad of shape all things considered. We’re housing two of our bunnies in there right now and soon we’ll be adding chickens and hopefully a goat! It has three distinct rooms in it, so there is room for everyone.

You can kind of see the three rooms in this picture. The front room is where I have my bunnies right now, however they may be moving to the back room when the goat comes. I haven’t decided yet.

 

 

As you can see, the chicken run hasn’t been used in a while. The thistles are well over my head. Hubby and our son have cleared out most of it though, so it’s just about ready to use.

Thanks for stopping by!

Do We Need A Rooster?

I need help from those who read this blog and who know a thing or two about chickens.

Friends of ours will have some chicks for us in just a few weeks. I’m horribly excited, to tell the truth!

What I need to find out is, do I really need a rooster? I don’t have plans of hatching my own chicks just yet, so I don’t need him for that. But I wonder about having one to keep the hens safe.

What do you think? Should I get a rooster too?

It’s Different Around Here

We moved here from a small town. It was the sort of place where everyone kept to themselves for the most part. You take care of your things, I’ll take care of mine and when people got together, they complained about how things should be, but no one really made a concious effort to change it.

I have been absolutely blown away by how different things are here. Since we moved I’ve been bombarded with kindness. Our neighbours, the first time we met them, offered us some wood that they have on their property that they are going to cut up, but have no need for. They also dropped maps of the area off in our mailbox so we could find our way around. The mail lady brought my mail right to my door last Sunday so she could meet us and get a sheet filled out. At church, the Pastors wife, the first day we met, offered to car pool with my for piano lessons for our kids. Yesterday I was approached by a man at the church who has tomatoes he’s giving away. He’s going to be bringing them by sometime this week.

It’s taking a bit of getting used to, all the friendliness and generosity. But it’s just so nice! I can’t believe how welcomed we have felt, how wonderful all our neighbours are.

It’s just different out here. And I couldn’t love it more!

Our Store

It has been brought to my attention (thank you Roberta!) that I haven’t shared our plans for the store we want to open.

Of course we’re very much in the planning/wishing stage, but here are the basics.

The store will have eco-friendly produce and products. Handmade soap, candles, reusable shopping bags, all natural dishcloths (which I will knit and crochet) and anything and everything else we can think of that is earth friendly, bio-degradable and reusable.

We’re also planning on have a How To section where we will teach others what we are learning about living a simple life, composting, recycling, etc. Hubby is going to build himself an eco-shed, a workshop that is completely run with wind and solar power and he’s going to teach others how to do the same.

We’re also planning on a monarch butterfly sanctuary, a market garden (all organic) a petting zoo, fresh herbs and teas and oh so much more!

Like I said, we’re still in the planning/wishing stage. It will take time and work, but at least we have a goal!