Monday, March 11, 2013

Weekend Update

No news on the goat yet. I had miscalculated her due date by a whole month so she isn't really due for a few more days. Won't be long now!!!! Miss Piggy went to live with my husbands uncle. The minute he got her he let her run around his living room with his dogs. She stayed the first night in the house. I think we found the perfect home for her! We couldn't justify spending so much on the feed to get her grown. The hubs is going to go hunting for some pork instead of raising it. Plus we were already getting attached to the little darling, so I'm sure butchering day would have never happened. I have FOUR broody's in the little coop. They have taken over all three nests. Two are sharing a nest. Not sure the exact number of eggs they are sitting on. The one in the left nest box has 10, they are due to hatch around Thursday :) The broody in the right has 8. I'm pretty sure the two in the middle have at least 10 if not more. They shove all eggs that are laid by anyone under them, as you can see in pic 1 there are three hens (aren't they cute) and in pic 2 the egg is being confiscated! So count that up folks! It's over two dozen possible chicks GASP!!!!! My seedlings are doing great, the last picture is of the strawberries progress slow but green :) The weather here is dreadful, rainy and cold but supposed to be beautiful by mid week into the weekend. If you need me I'll be digging in the dirt LOL!

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  1. I am just blow away by your progress with those strawberries! Great job!

    Good luck with your chickies..I love cochins...and they make great mamas too!

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    1. Thanks! The strawberries are slow to grow but I'm tickled they are green and even growing!
      I love Cochins and my favorite chicken was a Cochin. These are her babies, I was saving eggs for her to sit on when she was killed so I ended up incubating them and ended up with seven girls and three boys :) My husband thinks they are worthless, since they just started laying and are already broody! I think it's cute. I just don't know what I will do with all these little chickens if those girls are successful!!!

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  2. awww i am glad to know piggy found a home. I hope he keeps her and that it works out.

    I am proud of you with those strawberries! its hard enough down here, so I can't imagine where you live. The rain you are getting is headed our way..so THANKS!

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    1. I think he will keep her as a pet. He doesn't eat his animals and is an animal lover to the extreme. We couldn't have found her a better home!

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  3. We've only ever had one brooding hen and I didn't let her sit. Now that we are hatching and caring for chicks, I've wished that we had a broody one! Can't wait to see all the chicks and the goat kids too.

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    1. This will be a first for me. I have had broody's but no fertile eggs. I can't wait to watch the mamma's care for their babies :)

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  4. Wow! Everything looks great! I'm glad the pig got a good home. I've been debating fattening a couple up around here.

    Now for these goats to kid already! Getting close!

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    1. I know!!!!!! I'm seriously going to be crazy by the time the baby comes!!!!! I think this is worse than being pregnant yourself!

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  5. Things are looking mighty fine out your way!

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  6. Too bad about the wild piglet, I would have LOVED to see how she grew up. Although I have to admit, I also wonder why we are raising (i.e. spending tons of money) meat goats when we can get "free" deer every year. Hmmmmmm......
    Hope your broody hens hatch out a big clutch! Nothing like NOT having to brood chicks yourself. It's ALL about streamlining and making things easier on ourselves, harvesting already-grown food in the wild or having the hens take care of the chicks.

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    1. You won't be losing too much money if you breed them and sell some :)
      I can't wait to watch the mamma's and their babies!

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  7. I am so jealous of your seedlings mine look anemic! :) I agree with Carolyn, although we don't raise meat goats yet but we don't hunt either but it bears thinking about.

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    1. Oh thanks about my seedlings, I get nervous thinking I'm about to kill them every now and again LOL! I did last year trying to harden them off.
      I spent about 40 bucks on food and milk for that little piglet in about a week. She was a cutie. A CRAZY cutie but for me it wasn't worth the time and money to raise her up. My husband has been invited to go hunting for wild pigs and that makes more sense to me. Plus we were getting attached to her and probally wouldn't have been able to do the deed anyway.

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    2. I sure wouldn't have, just from the pictures! She was such a cutie! :) I do better with direct sow than starting seeds indoors. Always kill most of them. :(

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