Sunday, May 31, 2009
We noticed yesterday that Salt & Pepper's babies are now half the size of Honey's. After a closer inspection her babies are all skin and bones. It appears that she has stopped nursing them. This may have occurred after I moved them to a different cage about a week ago. So last night we stepped in and forced the mothers (both) to nurse. I held each doe (mother) on their backs while JoAnne and Emilie placed the babies on the tummy so they could nurse. It's amazing to watch how the babies come to life and immediately search for and latch onto a nipple and begin to feed. We're not sure how this is going end but hopefully our efforts will pay off and save them.
Honey's litter -
Salt & Peppers litter -
In case you've not been following along, Salt & Pepper is the mother of Honey who was one of the babies we kept from last spring\summers litters. The two were kept together in the same cage until they were breed and then separated.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Someone at MSN posted a faux pas, in reference to their "Need a Break? Play a Game" posting.
Of course if you have a dirty mind like I do it can certainly be taken out of context.
As you can see below, they realized their error and quickly modified the posting -
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
The baby chicks are also getting big and have been moved outside, again finally! We're going to keep (4) two of each kind, so I'll be advertising the others soon.
Too many babies = too much work...
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
This second insect critter problem involves our Columbine plants. We have an abundance of these plants all over our yard, I’d say well over 20+, and in a variety of cool and unique colors. With that said this critter problem has huge, damaging implications.
I noticed one plant in particular, that resides next to the back gate, which was missing 90% of its leaves – it was a virtual Charlie Brown Christmas tree. After a closer inspection, one that required me to get on my hands and knees, I found the culprits responsible – the Columbine sawfly larvae - worm or caterpillar.
This is the first year that we’ve had this specific issue. The plant was covered with these little green eating machines. I picked a handful off and fed to the chickens, which they gobbled up. I’ve inspected the other Columbine plants throughout the ole homestead and frustratingly they’re affected also. However, the damage is not as bad as on the initial plant but I suspect it won’t take these pests long to defoliate these plants too.
I’m sure there are chemicals that could be sprayed to kill these critters but instead Emilie and I have decided to take the hunt and kill approach. I use a pair of long nosed, sharp scissors to cut the little fuckers in half; Emilie has chosen to squish them between her fingers. There are simply too many and they’re too small to try picking them off to feed to the chickens at this point. We’ve killed over 200+ in just two days! The goal is to kill as many as possible to minimize their damage. Perhaps, I will look into a safe insecticidal soap that I can use to ensure a higher kill rate.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Here is a picture of Boston Red Sox players #46 Jacoby Ellsbury and #34 David Ortiz, who just happened to be out and about taking in the wildlife also - what are the odds?! I just wish we got their autographs...
Sunday, May 10, 2009
- A row (package) of Kentucky Wonder pole beans - 65 days to maturity.
- A row of Silver Queen corn (30 seeds) - 88 days to maturity.
- Two six-packs (12 plants) of Roma VF tomatoes - 76 days to maturity.
- Five six-packs (30 plants) of Better Boy tomatoes - 70 days to maturity.
- One six-pack (6 plants) of California Wonder sweet pepper - 75 days to maturity.
- Two six-packs (12 plants) of Inpatients.
Friday, May 08, 2009
Thursday, May 07, 2009
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