Guess what, we have some new animals on the farm. First came kittens, Socks had a litter of 7 kittens pictured below. Last week we got 25 meat birds. Then a few days ago we purchased 2 goats, one female and one male. They are Nigerien Dwarf crossed with Pygmy, so they are pretty small. Last night (or very early this morning) our other cat, Sally had 6 kittens (no pics yet I don’t want to scare her) so we are now up to 17 cats and kittens! And to top it all off we are expecting chicks and turkeys tomorrow or the day after!
The guys building the back porch.
Socks and her new litter of 7 kittens. L to R: Olaf, Bandit, Mittens, Toodles, Chlo, Tom and Pixie.
The grass in the back field is definitely ready for the first haying.
Putting our new goats in their pen (she is heavier than she looks).
Our new goats, Frank and Lucy (the white one is Lucy and the brown one is Frank).
Daniel in his firefighter’s dress uniform.
Socks’ new kittens. I hope you enjoyed this post, Grace.
I’m dreadfully sorry it has been so very long since my last post. Our life has been quite hectic these last months. But God is faithful!
I’ll give you a quick snapshot of where we’re at right now…
Our animal headcount is:
- 2 dogs – an 18 month old Great Pyrenees/Anatolian Shepherd cross guard dog and an 11 month black lab/golden retriever cross, who belongs to me 🙂
- 4 cats, one of which is quite pregnant
- 5 Rouen ducks (3 hens and 2 drakes)
- 3 Hampshire pigs, one boar and two pregnant gilts
- 41 laying hens – 22 Rhode Island Reds, 18 Black Ostrolorps, and 1 Grey Leghorn
- 1, six month old Jersey/Angus beef calf
The dogs are primarily mine and Dad’s responsibility. The ducks belong to Faith, the cats to Samuel, the red hens to Grace, and the black ones to Abigail.
The exterior of our barn is nearly done, with just a few more battens to nail up.
Our house continues to be a work in progress, but we are at least making progress 🙂
And now about the blog: I’m in my junior year of high school this year and also preparing for a mission trip this summer so am quite busy. Grace has been honing her photography and writing skills and will be taking over the posting here on the blog.
Stay tuned for some awesome photos from Grace and drop us a comment with any questions that I wasn’t able to answer here.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of my lovely readers!
I hope y’alls holiday is splendid 🙂
Just a quick update …
We’ve been really busy. Working on the barn, tending animals, and celebrating Abigail’s birthday.
Have a lovely day!
Our barn site is officially excavated. It is behind and to the left of our house.
I would post an aerial photo but, as we haven’t sold enough eggs to pay for a helicopter, we don’t have one.
Prior to excavation…The gravel you see in the picture is the top of our driveway.
Finished excavation…Complete with drainage swale. (A special formation of the dirt to direct rain water away from the barn.)
Dumping gravel…We got 6 dump truck loads of rock total.
Finished dumping gravel…The white spot near the top of the picture is the barn foundation, made from very fine rock. (Called screenings)…And isn’t the sky lovely!?
And so my post has people pictures in it, here’s a recent shot of Samuel and Daddy driving our tractor:
Check back soon for a post regarding the newest inhabitants of Rehoboth Ranch!
A few days ago, we purchased 4 Kathadin ewes, (female sheep), from a local farmer. We got 3 ewe lambs, (born this past spring), and one proven ewe, which means she is about 3 years old and has already had a couple of seasons of lambing. Lord willing, we’ll have 4-8 more lambs this coming spring. Every year, we’re naming our new batch of sheep after a certain theme, chosen by Mum. This year it’s herbs. Being that there’s 4 girls and 4 new sheep. We each got to chose an herb name.
The sheep in our horse trailer.
The largest sheep, in the back of the picture is the 3 year old, who I named Cicely. The black one was named Tansy by Grace has the brown one with the dark legs was named Ginger by Faith, and the biggest brown one was named Jasmine by Abigail.
The boys hefting Cicely over the fence
Cicely meeting Churchill
Daniel carrying Tansy
Ginger and Jasmine
Daddy watching the sheep to see how they like there new home.
The front of the sheep shelter during construction
The rear of the shelter.
Lastly, here’s a random picture of Samuel. Just because he’s cute *smile*
Look what we got! *grin*
Yep! Chicks! 50 to be exact.
(We actually started with 52 but 2 died.)
48 of them are Rhode Island Reds, 1 is a Grey Leghorn, and 1 is an Ameraucana.
The Grey Leghorn belongs to Grace. She named it Star. It ‘s what you might call a traditional chick. (A bright yellow ball of fluff.)
The Ameraucana belongs to Faith and was promptly dubbed Phoebe.
Samuel had alot of fun helping to put the chicks into their home sweet home!
Here’s one more picture:
Aren’t they cute?
Well… It’s supposed to be spring here. Despite that fact, we got about a foot of snow over the past couple of days. No matter what season it is, the snow is a terrific representation of how Christ’s death on the cross washed our sin stains as white as snow. What a wonderful reminder as we approach Good Friday, a time when we remember Christ’s death to pay for our sins. And even more glorious, Easter, when we celebrate His glorious resurrection! I pray that He will show Himself to you in an whole new way this Easter season! ~Amy