My computer is still belly up, I haven't gotten the restore disc yet. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
I can't stand this wee laptop.
No excuse for not posting, though.
Updates on Frippery Farm:
Betty the chicken and her chicks were relocated to the back yard some weeks ago. They had gotten too big to stay on the front porch and anytime the door was opened they ran into the kitchen! After being in the backyard for a couple of weeks, Betty decided the kids were grown enough to be on their own and rejoined the other chickens in the coop. The kids were doing fine, until Roy brought over a new batch of chickens. They had MITES! We lost 3 chickens, one of them Peep, the wee rooster Betty hatched. We are battling the mites the best we can, but unless Roy treats HIS chickens, I am afraid we will continue to have issues. So, I am calling him in a little bit to tell him to bring over the stuff so we can *dust* them.
Roy mainly deals in birds. Chickens, pigeons, guineas, doves, peafowl,
ducks, etc. That's fine. He builds his own pens and coops for them, but
he needs to dust every bird THOROUGHLY before he brings it over here. We
had a bit of a problem with mites over a year ago and I dusted and
redusted the coops, the birds and even set up a *dust bath* for our
birds in the yard. No problem since then.
We bought one of the little rams (sheep) from Roy. The Darlin' Man named him Remus. Said it was a dignified name the little guy will grow into. Roy is down to 6 goats, only two of which are bottle-fed (thank goodness!) I am well on the way to weaning those two, Desi and Angus. Cute little buggers, but it will be a relief not to have to bottle feed them anymore.
We have had rain and more rain the past month. Our front yard looks like a jungle! We put the goats out there to trim it back and then they and the sheep managed to get out of the yard and I had to herd them back in. That was an experience! I was fortunate, because all of a sudden, the dogs, who have rarely shown an interest in herding, decided to become SUPER herding dogs! They dashed out the door after me and as I was tugging on Nola's collar to lead her back, they came up behind the sheep and trotted them back into the yard with the goats. Then they chased them into their respective pens.
I was totally stunned! Happy, but stunned.
Although we have had rain, we have also had the unrelenting heat that is usual in this little corner of the world. Ugh.
Heat plus rain equals nasty humidity.
The drought continues elsewhere in the country and I do wish I could send some of this rain to others that need it more. Our hay prices have dropped and so have prices at the farmers market, etc. I just dread the price increases this fall and winter when we have to buy grain for the goats and fowl.
Well, time to feed the chickens and get them into their coop.
Hope everything is going well for everyone out there!