Goosed!

These were taken last Saturday when we tagged ewes…

Never mind me…

 

 

Hmmm….

Sooo cozy soft…

Yep, very nice!

 

 

Me too, me too!!

 

It was kinda funny to watch the geese walk all Dugur and I was amazed at how well he tolerated them.   And FYI Dugur is only sleeping not dead papa!

~A little down~

Downy~Our Toulouse Goose

These guys don’t seem to have much problem staying warm in their down coats despite the cold weather!  :0)

At the watering hole...

Duck...Duck...Sheep?

The view today...

Another baby here!

Today the kids found that we had another baby.  Earlier this Spring we started to find goose eggs in various places.  Not being sure if they were fertile eggs we started to gather them.

Goose and chicken eggs...

Then we found this up by the barn when we were lambing…

Downy's nest...see the eggs that are buried?

So we returned the couple of eggs that we had collected and put them with the rest of the nest.  Downy took to faithfully setting on her nest.  Her mate sat by her side and sadly (mysteriously) died, but Downy continued to patiently sit alone…

Downy on her nest...

 

In between rain storms today the kids went up to work their fair lambs.

The weather here today...

 

This is what they found…

A gosling...

We were all about to give up on her hatching out anything as she had been spotted off her nest a couple of times this past week.  Her patience seems to have paid off!

Sawyer’s Goose Egg…

While Sawyer was up at the barn checking water troughs, he got a huge goose egg… 

Honkin' Big...

 

We bought two Toulouse geese last spring…obviously one is a girl.  Now we need to look on-line to see if the other is a male.  It might be sort of neat to let them hatch out some gooslings. 

As big as Tori's Ipod Nano...

 

 The little boys think it should be breakfast and are fighting over who gets to eat it!  Mmmm…maybe!

Durkeys…

Turkey...

 

The turkeys have become big enough that they were set free from their captivity.  They roam through the pastures, and  garden and surprisingly enough not too often in the yard.  It has been a tad on the warm side here lately so I thought it was sort of funny to see turkeys turn duck the other evening…

Durkeys...

Durkeys...

 

 

Sitting on the sheep waterer...

Sitting on the sheep waterer...

 

reflecting...

 

We all thought it is was too funny to see the turkeys wading around in the stock tank like the ducks do in their pool.  After they left I peeked in the tank and they ended up leaving lots of little durkey droppings in the water…not so funny.  So after cleaning the tank and refilling it I was sort of worried about them returning and making another big mess but so far there hasn’t been any more durkey mess in the stock tank.  Yeah! 

Right now we have an abundance of grass hoppers and both the turkeys and ducks seem to be keen on eating them.

The Toulouse's out on pasture...

The Toulouse's out on pasture...

 

The geese have also proved to be good watch dogs, tending to the little ducks they grew up with.  So far we have not lost a single duck to predators.

Toulouse goose guarding the Indian Runner ducks...

Toulouse goose guarding the Indian Runner ducks...

 

Last year it was a bad year for ducks around here.  We ended up loosing 3/4the of our flock  in two nights to the fox.  The lone duck buddied up with the hens and eventually she turned up missing one day too.

Toulouse goose

 

The little kids do not like the geese anymore…at all!   The geese are nearly big enough to look them straight in the eye with a glaring little look that scares them to death.  Which makes the kids run and then the geese let loose and chase after them.  They don’t seem to bother any of us bigger people yet.  They even sorta bug me out when they start the stare down but it seems if you hold your ground and just keep going about your business they just leave you alone.   Hehe!  We’ll see…

I shot the fox!

We have a fox that has been quite troublesome.  He seems to like to help him or herself to our chickens.  We use to let our hens free range and scratch around where ever they liked too, but this spring a greedy little fox started taking more than his fair share of our hens.  So we have ended up needing to coop them up where they have been rather sad.  We did get our electro-netting so they are able to get out a little more… but it’s still not quite the same. 

Yesterday evening while Mark was at the men’s bible study I was busy planting some flowers that my parents had dropped off when I heard a chicken squabble.  Earlier that day Garrett, Hayden and their cousins had caught the geese and ducks that once resided in the chicken pen and put them and their little pond out in the sheep pasture.  The geese and ducks had been grabbing chickens and pinning them down while pecking at them, so they are now free ranging it out with the sheep.  But in the process of 5 little boys trying to capture ducks and geese 4 hens escaped out of the house and roamed free for the day.  So right before (of course) I heard the terrible chicken squack the thought ran through my mind that I needed to get the chickens put away, but I only had a couple more flowers to plant so I decided to finish that up first.  I guess I should of listen to that little nudging inside of me because when I went to go investigate the squawk all I found were three hens and a pile of feathers!  Darn fox!

A couple days before as we were headed to town Mark and I spotted the fox traipsing through the field.  I told Mark to stop and he asked if he should shoot it and told him that no I would *shoot* the fox…

Sly as a fox...

Sly as a fox...

 

Looking at us...

Looking at us...

 

 

The final shot...

The final shot...

Mark just shook his head and smiled at me…Plus it wasn’t even in our field, and it waaaay over on the other side and the neighbors on both side of the property would have probably frowned at us had we actually shot it, plus I’m not that way, he hasn’t ruffled my feathers that much…yet!  But he might want to watch out!

Friday Farm Daze…

Catching up on the past week…

 

Happy Birthday Boy

Happy Birthday Boy

 

A strawberry!

A strawberry!

 

A calf shed turned chicken coop...

A calf shed turned chicken coop-hopefully fox proof!

 

Sawyer's corn is up! Now if the pheasant would stay away...

Sawyer's corn is up! Now if the pheasant would stay away...

Cloth Diapers on the line...

Cloth Diapers on the line...

Boys Bounty...

Boys Bounty...

Tranquility...

Tranquility...

Lettuce starts...

Lettuce starts...

Chicks growing...

Chicks growing...

Rhubarb starts *finally* popping!  One of those things that I thought we buried instead of planting...

Rhubarb starts *finally* popping! One of those things that I thought we buried instead of planting...

Bees building comb...

Bees building comb...

Blueberry blooms

Blueberry Blossoms...

Walking...

Walking...

 

Friday Farm Daze…

Catching up on the week…

 

Sisters and best friends...

Sisters and best friends...

 

The making of Smores...

The making of Smores...

The start to a beautiful thing...

The start to a beautiful thing...

 

Teigen and Dash hanging out...

Zayne and Dash hanging out...

 

A brief glimpse of the sun...

A brief glimpse of the sun...

 

Enjoying their new freedom...

Enjoying their new freedom...

 

Sawyer and Hayden going through the slush...

Sawyer and Hayden going through the slush...

Dugur keeping his vigilant watch...

Dugur keeping his vigilant watch...

Mom's are fun jungle gyms...

Mom's are fun jungle gyms...

Tori's Indian Runner Duck...

Tori's Indian Runner Duck...