Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Bushy Hoggy

It is that time again to trim the back seven or so acres of pasture. Trees and shrubs were starting to grow up and take over the grasslands.

Now it is all trimmed on one half of the pasture. Our horses are turned out at night on the green stuff and are put on a dry lot during the day. Our pasture stays lusher now that we rotate the horses in the divided pasture.

Orphanarium Swim Tank

Here is my orphan duckling. I had hoped some others would have hatched by now to keep this one company. But so far after 3 weeks no more have hatched under the older ducks. I think the heat as been too much for them.

So this one is in a brooder box in the house. It gets 2 swims a day in our tub with oatmeal at the bottom of the tub.

It likes the water and the tub a lot.

Some of the thirty ducks on our farm.

I am hoping these two boys give me some ducklings from their line. I have mostly Rouens.

Apple Thief

The mystery is over the thief of my apples has been identified.

My husband went outside and got these photos. The doe was not scared and ate away.

She has a fawn nearby, hidden.

Not quite ripe yet but she is full.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Eggplants and Kittens

Tomatoes and an eggplant I grew in my greenhouse. It seems after 1 gets ripe they all start to ripen fast. The combination of heat and humidity have made happy vegetables.

Here is one of the nine kittens I am raising for our local no-kill animal shelter. The shelter has had some recent illness and needs kittens to stay away until it is cleared. So I am raising this bunch at home. This calico is a character. She is all the colors of her litter mates and she has green eyes. If I wanted to keep one, she would be the one.

Friday, June 24, 2016

O Death

The world lost another great musician today Ralph Stanley. Heaven is gonna be rocking out with songs and tunes. I am so glad I discovered Ralph Stanley's music. I can appreciate the gifts he had of writing, playing and his voice that he shared. Thanks to the movie O Brother Where art Thou? Many people found out the songs from our past are still great even better for today's ears.
Ralph's  - "O Death" song is haunting and beautiful. 

You can read more about Ralph here:


Here are two of the most common snakes I have around my farm. The deadly copperhead and the non venomous king snake. This photo was not on my farm but is a still great shot.King snakes kill other snakes. They are very good at controlling the mice/rat population and copperheads. Copperheads are the worst in August when they shed their skins, are blind and attack everything in pairs. I am grateful I have a healthy king snake population around. Snakes get a bad wrap but are very important in nature. 

Thick as Thieves

This morning one of the male kittens stole some scrambled egg off my husbands plate at breakfast. He ran off with it growling and eating at the same time. Since my 8 week old foster kittens are growing, I will have to increase their food. So I opened a can of moist canned cat food for all 9 to share. They ate their fill and all passed out into a food coma. With the kitten shots and multiple worming they are a bit under weight. They were born outside to a mom cat that was run over. While they received colostrum they were burdened with parasites and worm load. They are on the mend and happy being pampered and fed well. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Dahlia Summer

I bought a ton of  mixed color dahlia bulbs from Wal Mart this spring. Now they are all flowering and I have discovered they are almost all of the same color family. I know I planted the mix color bulbs but I have almost all purple and white/purple. Apparently "mixed color" in Chinese means purple.
They still make nice bouquets. Now the challenge is keeping the Japanese beetles off my made in China bulbs. I have an international garden war.

Habitus Rabbitus

Here is my husband and the foster kittens putting the new bunny cage together.

This cage would be great for kitten containment as well.

The have a large run, shelf and wooden hidy hole to nest in. All our bunnies are fixed boys.

Over 60 inches to run about and they live on the single plastic shelf. Good thing they have the outside play yard in the cooler times of the year. No one ever told me that bunnies like to roost like chickens.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Kat Knaps

These are my foster kittens about ready for adoption. Our local no kill shelter asks for volunteers to help raise orphan kittens too young to be adopted. All the food, time, meds, vetting and supplies are tax deductible.

Melon is a good foster parent for the kittens.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Foster Kittens for June 2016

All nine of these kittens are from the same litter. Their mama cat was run over in Winona, MO and I was contacted to foster them for our local no-kill animal shelter. They will be ready for new homes in 2 more weeks. You can contact me if you are interested in a kitten. They are litter box trained, wormed, eating dry kitten chow and will have their first set of shots shortly.

What you don't see in these photos are the 3 litter pans, the kitten misses, the food and water messes. Fostering kittens is a lot of clean up and observation of what goes in and what comes out of the kittens. Then you have to worm and get them vetted. Sometimes they die with the best care. But these are doing very well. 

You never know the true story behind what happened to them before they came into your care. Some stories are just made up by people wanting to unload unwanted kittens. It does not matter as they become my wards until they are adopted.

This one is a chocolate long hair with green eyes. I call him the biting cupcake and he likes to chew. He looks like an ewok. He will be gorgeous when he grows up.

If you want to donate to our local No-Kill shelter you can go here to find out how to help them. TASTC Located in Houston, Missouri: 
or find them on Facebook:  TASTC Shelter