Archive for April, 2007

Oh Deer!

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

The deer have been coming down out of the mountains to get water and munch on the yuccas.  Including fawns, there were at least 14 out behind the house yesterday.

It’s a Girl!

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

The second of the three pregnant goats, Stella, had her baby yesterday giving us another adorable girl.  We are thinking of naming her Laverne.

Today, we did the dreaded horn disbudding on Ethel.  She was quite a trooper and barely cried.  Disbudding the horns involves burning/cauterizing the horn bud, so that horns will never grow.  We did much research and talked to many people before deciding to do this procedure.  Horns can catch in fences, and cause damage to the goat, other goats, and us.  After much thought we decided dehorning was something that needed to be done. Luckily, all went well and Ethel had already forgotten the whole thing within minutes and was happily gamboling around and begging for attention from us.

Here is a picture of Ethel’s mom, Sherry, very proud of her baby, and in the Talbotland tradition managing to stick out her tongue at the camera.

Spring sunset

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

What an incredible blessing that we can end a day of hard work with a beautiful sunset!

We have a kid!!

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

Ethel was born this morning between 7:30 and 8:00.  I fed the horses and goats at 7:00, noticed that Sherry was acting a bit strange and thought maybe she was beginning labor.  After going back inside to have a cup of coffee, I noticed all of the horses looking toward the goat pen.  When I went back out to check, there was little Ethel greeting the world. (Why “Ethel?” Because her mom, Sherry, bleats like Ethel Merman singing. I am hoping that Ethel will develop the same voice.)  We are very excited as this is the first baby to be born here on the ranch.

More pictures here

Crikey!

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

The rattlesnake relocation (to some place far, far from here…..a couple miles away and not near where any people or livestock live) program began today when I discovered this guy getting some R & R under the trees. Chris used the snake tongs to catch him, while I was in charge of securely attaching the lid to our snake containment system (trashcan.)  

Here is the snake checking out the new neighborhood.