As dusk falls…

 

Happy Lambs

Happy Lambs

Bianca...

Bianca...

Growing Calf

Growing Calf

 

Lambs are getting bigger...

Lambs are getting bigger...

 

Thora and her babies...

Thora and her babies...

Sheepy Sunset with Moon

Sheepy Sunset with Moon

Closer up of the above photo- I love how Dugur is loving on Badger!

Closer up of the above photo- I love how Dugur is loving on Badger!

Grazing Right Along…

Where the line was drawn...

Where the line was drawn...

 

We intensively graze our pastures.  Using electronetting, we make a small paddock and turn the sheep loose for a couple of days and then move them onto the next patch of grass.  We have found that just letting them loose on the entire pasture, they are a lot more picky about what they eat and overgraze in certain areas while hardly touching others.  Using this method they still pick and choose, eating the best stuff first but in the end it looks like a lawn mower has sculpted the area leaving it neatly trimmed.  The above photo was taken in their most recent grazing area. We turned them loose in half of the winter wheat pasture that was looking a bit weedy, we are a bit curious to see how well this area will come back  and what it will look like in comparison with the rest of the wheat this fall.  Also turning them out in the weedier half of the pasture helped to mow back those plants before they set seed and spread.  While we would like to say we have perfect pastures we will openly admit it something that is always in the works around here and being constantly re-evaluated and the dynamics are always changing based on a number of things.  Right now we  are battling Wormwood, Knapweed and some Downy Brome or commonly known as Cheatgrass (which is a bad word around here!) and are trying different control measures on them.  The sheep seem to love eating the Knapweed and will eat the Wormwood when young and will eat the Cheatgrass, which before it set seed is great but once it set seed is not so good…

Last night while moving the sheep onto their next rotation I was taking pictures of lambs and noticed something wrong with this guy…

What's wrong with this guy?

What's wrong with this guy?

 

My initial thought was that something must have chewed on his face.  When  we finally caught him,(darn things are sooo fast!)  he looked pretty gross… (Don’t look if easily bothered by ickiness!)

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Friday Farm Daze

Catching up on the past week…

Stop and enjoy those things that make up your life.

Romeo-Tori's market lamb for the fair, more about him soon! Tori took this picture, and I thought it was too funny!

Romeo-Tori's market lamb for the fair, more about him soon! Tori took this picture- I thought it was too funny!

 

More busy honey bees...

More busy honey bees...

One of my most favorite flowers...mmm...they smell so good!

One of my most favorite flowers...mmm...they smell so good!

Day-dreaming...

Day-dreaming...

A nest in an interesting spot...

A nest in an interesting spot...

Mugo Pine candle...

Mugo Pine candle...

Crab apple blossom...

Crab apple blossom...

Bleeding Heart...

Bleeding Heart...

A little fuzz ball peeper...

A little fuzz ball peeper...

Garden’s Up…

The garden is off to a fine start this Spring, it is always a leap of faith burying those little seeds and wondering if you just put them in their final resting place or if they will spring to life and bring forth fruit…
Potatoes poking through...

Potatoes poking through...

Onions up and growing...

Onions up and growing...

Peas popping...

Peas popping...

Spinach and Swiss Chard starting...

Spinach and Swiss Chard starting...

Strawberries blooming...

Strawberries blooming...

First fruits forming on a cherry tomato...

First fruits forming on a cherry tomato...

 

How a pumpkin starts...

How a pumpkin starts...

These little beauties are need of transplanting this week as soon as Mark has a spare minute to till up the area where they will live this summer.  Last year we had so many extra pumpkins and winter squashes that we fed them throughout the winter to the hens.  It provided them with some fresh pick-ins and helped to keep those yolks bright and orange.
Maran Hen

Maran Hen

6 a.m. phone calls…

Who would be calling at 6 a.m.?  The post office to let us know our “box a birds” was in and could be please come pick them up?  We ordered 67 chicks and received 71, not too bad!  We ordered 55 straight run Cornish x Rock with 2 extra free ones, 3 Black Star hens with one extra freebie, 3 Light Brahama hens, 3 Silver Laced Wyandotte hens, 3 Black Austrolorp hens and of course our free rare and exotic chick. 

 

Here they all are...

Here they all are...

Zayne was very excited to see all the little peepers...

Zayne was very excited to see all the little peepers...

Teigen wanted to help too!

Teigen wanted to help too!

Tori with a couple...

Tori with a couple...

Cowboy Hayden with a chick...

Cowboy Hayden with a chick...

Garrett in chick heaven...

Garrett in chick heaven...

Maddie with a cutie...

Maddie with a cutie...

After unpacking them the kids carefully give them a drink...

As they are unpacked the kids carefully give them a drink...

and then put them in their pen with a heat lamp and plenty of food.
These Brahamas are one of my favorites... notice the fuzzy feet?

These Brahmas are one of my favorites... notice the fuzzy feet?

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On another note….
Another beautiful sunset...

Another beautiful sunset...

Picnic…

Sunday we meet with some of our family at Woodland Park and enjoyed a little potluck picnic and enjoyed conversing with some relatives that we had not seen for a while.  While there I snapped some pictures of the kids on a bridge…

What a bunch of cuties, even if I do say so myself! ;0)

What a bunch of cuties, even if I do say so myself! ;0)

 

Looking at a big fish...

Looking at a big fish...

ducks
All smiling despite the bright sun...

All smiling despite the bright sun...

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Friday Farm Daze…

Catching up on this last week…
The remains of a Red Star hen after the fox got it...

The remains of a Red Star hen after the fox got it...

We have a puffy Buffy (Buff Orpington), ready to set.  She's even puffy when on the occasion she gets out to eat!

We have a puffy Buffy (Buff Orpington), ready to set. She's even puffy when on the occasion she decides to go out to eat!

Which leads to a happy rooster, normally he's kept away from the ladies cause he gets so mean and the boys will not go anywhere near the hen house!

Which leads to a happy rooster, normally he's kept away from the hens cause he gets so mean and the boys will not go anywhere near the hen house!

Plants waiting to get into the garden this weekend.

Plants waiting to get into the garden this weekend.

Narcissus blooms...

Narcissus blooms...

Dark sunset...

Dark sunset...

Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Cabbages planted and nicely mulched (2 rows of 12/row each)

Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Cabbages planted and nicely mulched (2 rows of 12/row each)

Strawberries weeded and getting big with blooms, need to mulch this weekend.

Strawberries weeded and getting big with blooms, need to mulch this weekend.

Hummingbird caught in the house and released back outside...

Hummingbird caught in the house and released back outside...

An assortment of Eagles circling above...we had four all at once yesterday!

An assortment of Eagles circling above...we had four all at once yesterday!

 

Oats coming up in the pasture...

Oats coming up in the pasture...