Friday, April 27, 2012

Amish Draft Mare

We visited our local Amish craftsman last week. While picking up our bookcase he invited us to look at a mare he wants to sell. We would like to have a draft horse someday. He told us she was foundered and had bad teeth. He was having a hard time keeping weight on her. At twenty plus years old she has given him several foals. Her teeth were in a bad way and the front ones broken out. Also she has a serious crack in her left front hoof. We advised him to call a vet and a farrier to fix those two problems. But that is why he is selling her, it will cost money to do these things. As she can no longer plow, breed or be useful to him, she has to go. She will probably be sold at the local auction. We felt for the mare, but we are in no position to save another mare after the recent demise of our own mare from founder and choke. At least this mare is happy on his farm for now.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

There be Red

Red strawberries, red rooster and our red tree all growing well on our farm. With all the green around the red stands out among them all. It is so nice to have four seasons. I love them all.

Nose on Mend

Here is my nose after the ENT doctor fixed it. We drive 2 hours away from the farm to see an ear, nose and throat specialist. After looking at my nose he said he was not going to hurt me, just take a look, "click" my nose was back into alignment. It hurt then I could breathe again. No surgery, just swelling and nose drool to deal with. I can't hit my nose for 2 weeks. So no "horsing" around. I look awful but am starting to feel better.
Ah life on the farm, never boring.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Nose Meets Gate, Gate Wins.

Ok, after a thrilling afternoon chasing cows for bull banding calves on a UTV the fun had to end. I broke the golden rule of cow herding, getting off my "horse". I got out the UTV to close the cow herd up in a smaller pen. The lead cow gave me a look at came at the gate. POW, I saw stars and felt wet on my face. I ran back to the vehicle and looked down and saw red. I saw the cows we caught run out of the pen as I felt the blood pool on my shirt. I was so mad at myself for getting hurt and losing the cows. But I was near help and they all came a running. My three cowboys took me home, got me off to the ER and took care of my livestock while I was away. The pain came in waves in the waiting room. But the local ER staff was great. I got x-rays and yup, my nose was broken through the top of my nose. My face swelled like a balloon and I had blood coming out of holes on my face and back of my throat. My husband stayed with me while we waited for the Doctor. He cleaned me up and said I need to see and ENT in a few days to fix my nose. The key is after the swelling goes down, then they can set my nose. So I look like a car crash and feel like a calf is lodged in my nose. I will live - but man it hurts.
And I have to sleep on my back.
This is my first time having a broken nose. Would I do it all over again - the cow herding, YES, except for the nose part. Herding cows was a blast on the UTV. And a cow can outrun those things, too. I learned a lot about cow herding. And I have a new appreciation for these cowboys who do this for a living.

Sunday, April 8, 2012


It has happened again, the farming bug has bitten. And no, not just the ticks. Our neighbor bought cows! Now we are truly surrounded on all sides by cows. At least we will never want for fertilizer. It is so exciting to have so much around us alive and reproducing. These cows have had calves and are living off the lush pastures. It is all very exciting around here in the Ozarks.

Goat Gang

One nice thing about having a farm, you meet other farmers. A friend raises Nubian goats and had to feed at least six at one time. She used this neat device with multiple nipples for the goat kids. Beats the hand bottle feeding I attempted on a single goat kid. Still all that attention make the goats very calm and people friendly as you can tell from the top photo. Happy goats makes a happy farm.

Beanie Baby put to work

Here is a new use for an 11 year old Beanie Baby pig, surrogate mother to ducklings. Ducks need a flock and a mother more than chickens do. Our ducks are one big flock and they stay together. So our incubator ducklings need a surrogate, hence pig. Pig is washable soft and warm and the ducklings love it. They peep to pig and snuggle under the pig legs when scared. We will keep the duckings in the house until they get too big for the cage. Once they feather out we will put them outside to join our flock.

Friday, April 6, 2012


Yesterday was day 32 for our duck eggs. Normally they hatch in 28-30 days. So pulled them out of the incubator and set aside in a bowl. A friend had 3 dozen eggs she wanted hatched this month so I had to ready the incubator. Sometime around 3pm I heard peeping coming from the kitchen. I looked in the bowl and sure enough an egg was trying to open. I assisted the duckling only to get air. The membrane was drying out and the duckling was a fighter. By late last night the duckling emerged from the shell chirping loudly. I put the rest of the eggs back in the incubator. Today a second one is hatching. I am learning how to candle eggs and be more patient waiting. Sometimes it takes longer than we can predict on the calendar. I was thinking about naming this duckling Monty from the Monty Python, The Holy Grail. There is a scene where the towns people are collecting the dead from a plague and one character is not dead. He yells out,"I'm still here, I'm happy, I'm not dead yet". I figure that is what this duckling has gone through as well.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Monday, April 2, 2012


Spring is here and it is in the 80's here in the Ozarks. The trees and flowers are blooming like mad. The Missouri Redbuds are in full swing and the bees are happy.

Donkey Feet

Opal, the donkey,was at our farm for a while until her owner could keep her with his goats. While here Opal got a farrier visit. Our farrier trimmed her feet and checked the angle of her hooves. Making sure they we not too steep. Donkey hooves are very tough but they still grow and need trimming. Opal was bought at auction and was said to be pregnant. However, after a vet check, she was not pregnant. Still, Opal is a sweety and is great with the goats. One day her owner may decide to breed her. But for now she is happy being an aunt to the goats.

The Three Farm Stooges

My neighbor now owns 3 Boer goat does. They are fast, friendly and fun to have around the farm. They keep his pasture trimmed and keep watch. These goats have very soft and plush coat. This is the first time I have been around goats and they are neat. The only down side is all the electric fencing required to keep them safe. Goats are escape artist and require a lot of fencing.