Monday, April 10, 2006

House Guests

Last week our kids got these cute little lambs. They’re Shetlands. I don’t know a lot about the breed. They are a small breed of sheep. Our kids have been missing having livestock around so here we are with more pets. But, that’s OK I kind of like having them around and for once they’re from good stock. Not someone’s cast offs. We already have a Navajo Churro sheep and a dwarf goat so in time these babies will be put with them. And we will probably get a Lama for protection since I can imagine predators would love to feast on these little cuties.

They’re both females. One is all black and the other is white mixed with black and brown. They say that the colors change as they get older.

Of course they’re in the house at night. And the kids are bottle feeding them. The little white one in this photo is checking out a basket of laundry. They nibble on and taste everything and already love to munch on hay. God sure did make babies cute! When they run around the house frolicking and kicking up their heels they're too cute for words.

Another Chicken Feed Up Date

Our chickens started eating the barley a couple weeks ago. Yay! They even cleaned up all the wasted stuff that was on the floor of the green house most of the winter. I don't know if they just figured out it was edible or if it has something to do with the warmer weather or what. Hard to say why but, at least they are eating it.

We went out for a family walk today and we were all just soaking up all this nice warm air. It was almost 70 degree's out. It's nice to see spring.

Until Next Time


Blogger Scott Holtzman said...

Yeah! for lambs & spring. I glanced again at the side profile and I sorta go (ahhhhhh!) everytime I see that 120 acres.

We've been doing a lot of land search here in upstate NY, our prospects look to be between 4 and 34 acres depending on location and zoning. No definites yet, but I don't mind window shopping in God's country store! Regards.

1:37 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

How do you handle the poo issue while they're indoors?

11:09 AM  
Blogger RL said...

One doesn't need to have a lot of land to homestead that's for sure. I have a reprinted book called The Have More Plan that Countryside magazine offers. It was originally printed in the 1950's, if I recall. I'm not real thrilled with the title but it tells how to live well on 5 acres. Has a lot of good advice for homesteaders.

I still enjoy "window" shopping. Some guys like cars and some like sports. I like land. When ever our friends are shopping for land I always have fun keeping an eye out for them.

The poo issue isn't a problem since we live on concrete. Plus even their poo is kind of cute. Hope I didn't just gross you out. :)
Actually the pee issue is harder to keep up with. We run around with paper towels quite a bit.
We do have a dog crate set up with a small animal pen surrounding it. Inside the dog crate there is pine shavings which we clean out everyday. Really they only have free run when they are supervised. When they are loose they just blend in with the dogs. We have four house dogs. 2 Golden Retrievers, 1 Canaan Dog and 1 Bichon Frise. If I can ever get them all to stand still long enough I would love to take a picture of the bunch so I can post it on this blog.

10:40 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

Oh, concrete - makes all the difference in the world! I thought I was looking at carpeting in that photo, yikes.

They are so "et up" with cute that I do believe you when you say even their poo is cute.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

Okay, Russ, you are definitely a goner. Must be spring fever. Cute poo? Too much. The sheep are adorable, though. Are you going to be using their wool after they've grown?

I know what Scott means about all the acreage you have. But the Lord saw fit to give us this small piece of land and with that we are content. It seems palatial to us compared to what we had.....fourteen years in a two bedroom apartment. This is grand!

2:41 PM  
Blogger RL said...

Yes now that you mention it, it does look like carpeting. One nice thing about concrete is the easy clean up. Often times we joke that we live in a house/garage/barn.

Yep, we plan to use the wool. Our oldest, the one who was playing the piano a while back, wants to start spinning. She is shopping around for a spinning wheel. We already have one but, she wants her own and of a different style.
Our Navajo Churro is due for a shearing right now and she'll have quite a bit to work with just from her.

12:07 AM  

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