I got a visitor today. This beautiful bird keeps flying in the front door and around the house. Every year, these wonderful little birds grace my farm, raise chicks in the rafters of the old cow barn and eat up all the flying bugs they can catch.
Sonya keeps an eye on the remaining turkey poults that are waiting to be caught up as they run around the kitchen floor. The lid is damaged from Sissy goat and I haven't fixed it yet. Guess I need to do that before Sonya gets up from under my chair and decides to catch them for me. Eh, between the dogs, the cats and a baby goat, the floors need scrubbed every day so a couple of momentarily wayward turkeys isn't going to hurt too much. Still, that lid needs repaired some time today.
Well, I was going to have my son start seeds to replace what got damaged by him not having the common sense to put the goat out when nobody is home. I'm out of peat pellets. The weird spring we had, all the seed that didn't sprout and the 2 rounds of restarting seeds already this year had depleted my stock of pellets. So, off the the dreaded wally world where the only stock of peat pellets is. Lo and behold, wally world was out of them and just like the lawn and garden stuff not being stocked here after July 4th, they aren't getting any more for this year. So, I made him go to the amish greenhouse and buy me replacements. At only .25 each, he still had to spend $30 to replace what the goat ate. The boy now has a better appreciation of what it takes to feed us and why I spend so much time starting and tending seedlings for our garden.
Big step for weaning Sissy the baby goat today! She finally ate all her morning feed! Guess the watering down the milk trick is working. She's spending all day outside now (unless it's raining) but still isn't folding into the flock yet. All the does think she's wanting to nurse off them so they chase her off. The other kids play with her but she knows she doesn't have a protector in the herd. As the other goat kids get closer to weaned, she will fold in with them like Lucky did. It's rough on such a social animal to be all by themselves not to mention being stuck outside by themselves either in a barn that floods or one where the chickens crap all over ya. Soon, she'll be a big girl and off having adventures with the other kids.
More garden prep, planting and weeding to do today, plus catch the turkeys!
Yes, all of 2013 and part of 2012 are missing from the blog. You can thank Mike H for that. Almost all of those posts were about our great friendship and our partnership in farming. You all know how that turned out!