Animal Babies: Spring Has Come to the Country

| 4/19/2010 3:32:39 PM

A photo of Lisa and familyBusy, busy, busy! It never stops. I sometimes just want to sleep and not wake up for a few weeks. That, I think would be bliss. But life goes on and the world is not going to stop to let me off anytime soon.

Well first things first. Happy Easter and our baby is now 9 years old. It seems like just yesterday that he was born. Boy I miss when he was a baby. He’s growing up too fast. Soon he’s going to graduate from high school! Oh well ... such is life.

A photo of Lisa and family, Spring 2010

Most of the farm animals are doing well. Except for our calf, Otis. Otis seems to be losing his fur at an alarming rate. Between his back legs he’s completely bald. It’s coming out in clumps. I’ve never seen such a thing. Mind you, this is only our second bull calf. We’ve asked several cattle farmers around here and they all say the same thing. “It’s normal.” Weird. Oh well. He’s eating well, still a sookie and looking normal otherwise. So we’ll leave it at that. If any of you have seen this before let me know.

We have a few new additions to the farm. We bought a few banty hens (like we didn’t have enough) from a friend. He didn’t want them anymore because he needed the room. Of the hens, 3 are just banties and one is a Millefleur and so is the rooster. That’s why Dave wanted them. They are kind of scraggly, but the feathers will grow back one day.

Banty hens

4/23/2010 8:46:34 PM

Hi Dave, We tried potatoes a few years back and it wasn't a good crop so we've decided against it this year. Otis is really bald. It's not just winter shedding, it's smooth as a baby's bum bald! But we treated him with Cy-Lence and it seems to be working. Thanks for commenting. Lisa

Nebraska Dave
4/21/2010 10:03:35 AM

Lisa, although I don’t have animals to keep me busy the backyard project list has been keeping me busy and muscle sore. Spring is always such a wonderful time as the earth is coming out of hibernation and new animal life surrounds us both in the barn and in the wild. It always amazed me that almost any baby animal is cute. Baby pigs are such cute little rascals it just too bad that they have to grow up to be hogs. I understand about the kids now days not knowing where there food comes from other than the grocery store. My grandson, when he was four years old, saw me take a potato out of the fridge to cook in the microwave. He wanted to know what that was. I said that it was a potato. He looked at me a little quizzical and I explained that it was what they make French fries out of. He decided OK that’s a good thing and grabbed one and started to eat it like an apple. I said, “No no, you have to cook them first.” He didn’t quite get it. This year I have planted an 8X10 raised bed of potatoes for him to see where the potatoes come from and then I’ll make the fries so he can see how that’s done. The whole connection with the food source is being eliminated with this generation of kids. Kind of sad. I hope your new goat will be of a much different temperament than Febe. I wouldn’t worry about the hair loss on Otis. Most animals loose their Winter coat in the Spring.

4/19/2010 5:29:22 PM

Lisa, About hunting for eggs. My Delawares have only been running free outside their 'coop run' since March of this year (They were 9 monthes old at the time) and I'm sure they are all laying inside the nestboxes. I do a daily egg count. In addition, we have 3 guinea hens who just started to lay last week. They are also laying in the nestboxes even when given their freedom, they all come "home" to the coop to lay. Concerning the mink....I don't have that problem in Northeast Ohio. Sorry. Although we do have other critters but the guineas make such a racket and charge them when anything approaches, they quickly run off. Cats and dog included. Love those pigs!

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