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Here and There and Everywhere!

Posted by Christina on February 14, 2012 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Well since it has been some time since we have updated things, I figured today was as good a day as any to do just that.

We've been plugging along with different little projects on the Ranch. The chicken coop is still in the works, though that has been paused at this time due to other things needing to get accomplished first.  The rabbit shed is coming along slowly too. We finally got the fence around it to keep the cows out, and we finally finished the door to the fence the very same day we had our -First- litter of bunnies born to our Red buck and Red doe. She had 6 pink babies!

Another thing thats been happening is deciding where we are going to be keeping some of the pigs. It looks like its time to start building more pens. Now that we have to Registered Boars on hand, thats going to keep things going along pretty smoothly in the swine department. So our current count of 7 pens should be expanding soon.

We have another calf on the Ranch too, this one wasnt born here though, she's more of a rescue. When she was born, her front hooves were knuckled over, and she couldnt walk, so her mother abandoned her. She's such a pretty calf though, we decided to take the time to take her in, straighten her legs out and get her going. We've had her for 2 weeks at this point, and her legs have straightened on up, and she's eating well now. Since she's so small though, we cant put her out to pasture with the other cows because our Donkey Bubba will pick on her, and she has no mother to back her up. So for now, our sow Laverne has been her company. Strange thing to see a calf and pig in the same pen together, but hey, its working and both have company!

Soon we hope to finish our rabbit cages, and get the roof over them before the summer heat gets here. Currently we have 6 cages, but if all goes to plan we should have 8 cages, and lots of rabbits available for people to buy. Not to mention for the 4H kids too. We went to the 4H fair this year and found no New Zealand rabbits there... talk about surprised! The New Zealand rabbit is a very popular breed, in fact, the Cadbury Bunny is a white New Zealand rabbit.

Another thing we are working here on the ranch for, is to be able to host a Chicken Swap for local farmers and people to be able to swap chickens and get together to exchange ideas and what not. We think this would be an awesome opportunity for the community to be able to gather and learn something new. However, this is all in the planning stage at this point. There's some zoning laws on our property that we must address first before we hold this event, to be sure we are in compliance with everyone.


Posted by Christina on January 4, 2012 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Today being a chilly day gives perfect opportunity to update our Blog...

Just a couple days ago, last minute arraingements to cover the garden were done late in a chilly evening.  A future note on that, make sure more then one person is there to do this. With winds picking up, it makes for great entertainment trying to hold down the frost cloth and stapel it to the ground while your battling the cloth out of your face to see what your doing, not to mention how the animals come around to see what is giong on and start to nibble at the material out of curiousity.  While your still battling the cloth you cant see them doing this and your blaming the wind for pulling against you, then you hear a neigh directly in front of you on the other side of the cloth, and you come to realize the horses are having fun with you.

At least the plants got covered and we are looking good so far on holding out the frost with the heaters in place under the cloth.

We had another baby cow born to our beloved Blondie. Her baby is just so adorable and is giong to have moms brindled coloration. 

The newest additions here are the New Bull, who hopefully will be less aggressive then our last big boy.  And of course, the new White Donkey, Bubba.  Bubba is definately a sight to see. Being the biggest Donkey on the ranch, and the most brightly colored one, you cant miss seeing her in the field.

The chicken coop is coming along slowly , cant wait to see it all done, its going to be huge! Also in the works is some adding of stalls to the barn so we might be able to board some horses, or fill them in with our own. The shed down by the pig barn is of interest lately. That looks like its going to be slightly remodeled as well. Going to be adding an awning around it, with a small fence to keep the cows out. They visit the rabbits over there every evening, and honestly, we are surprised the cages have held up as the cows love to rub on them.  All we can say is good craftmanship has kept those cages alive for the past few weeks, and the cows will be dissapointed why they can no longer get to the rabbits.

As we continue on here at the ranch, things are constantly revolving. Currently Ashley is in with Abe, so wo hope to have more piglets available soon if things go according to plan. Some of the cows are starting to look rather fat as their due dates get closer.  The rabbits are not being bred yet, in fact, we may have to change up the rabbits we have, these guys look like pet rabbits, and are not going to be big at all.  Might have to go with a different breed.

Until next time we write down happenings or plans for the Ranch, we all hope you have a fantastic New Year!

And we continue...

Posted by Christina on December 16, 2011 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

With the unvieling of our website came more things for us to do. We've been making changes to our site, adding information, and pictures, and trying our best to answer any questions you might have.

We've even gotten a Registration form for people to fill out when entering the "Start to Finish Program". We think this is a great tool for people as it lays everything out. We would also like to point out our calender. That has important dates such as when piglets are officially available to buy, and also dates like the 6 month mark of when the pigs are ready to go.

We've also included some information about Gardening here at the farm, and the hopes of opening a U-pick site for your vegetables and some fruits and berry's.

Also, this past week we've had some additionson the actual farm too. We got our rabbits in, and they have been getting alot of attention, seems our Gardening Department likes to give them fresh greens, and the rabbits are not complaining, though the cows feel slightly left out as they hover around the cages.

Speaking of cows, we have a new calf that was born just a few days ago. This strong little girl is the first of this season, we are eagerly awaiting the others to arrive shortly. 

We would also like to point out there's some things here in Highlands County for our local people that might be interested. There is going to be a chicken swap meet in Lake Placid December 17th. You can find more information on that located at  http://www.facebook.com/events/148632171908889/

Watch out World!

Posted by Christina on December 5, 2011 at 12:40 PM Comments comments (0)

We are officially online! Today we debut our web page, and our facebook page! Please spread the word around Folks, this is definately a great thing going here, and we beleive people can definately benefit!

Another note, we got the rabbit cages in, and still working on a few more, hopefully soon we will have some bunny's on the ranch, and as cute as they are, they will still be fed a healthy diet, and one day, they will in turn feed us. Plus, that will also open up the market a little with what we have available, plus we can sell the manure for your plants, and who knows what else!

The latest litter of piglets is doing great, growing as fast as they can. The mama's are doing a terrific job at taking care of them. We still have a small pig from the last litter that I wonder if the new piglets will outgrow soon... Jack must be a mini pig or something :/.