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A Tale Of A Broken Horn, A Haircut, And An Early Morning Rocket Launch

  Warning: Some readers may find parts of this post a bit upsetting! Poor Lexi, last week was a very difficult one for her. I went out in the evening, as usual, to feed the horses and goats and noticed Lexi hadn’t come up to the barn. This was very unusual for her, since she’s always the first one there. After calling and whistling for her, I went looking to see if she was caught on the fence or missing. Suddenly, she came across the field toward the barn, but something was wrong. Then I realized that she was flinging her head around and that one of her horns was flopping as she ran, banging her on the head at times. She was obviously in distress and I tried to get near her to help. Fortunately, she made it to the barn and I was able to catch her and...

Summer Has Officially Begun!

  Some scenes can be so typical of certain seasons of the year. In this case, an evening sunset made more beautiful by distant rain clouds. Or how about a cart at the garden store, full of flowering plants? In Summertime, bees and butterflies appreciate a garden well planted with nectar plants.     A quiet morning walk in the woods, the sun streaming through the trees, is a good way to get some exercise before the heat of the day.   Trouble and Gum Drop have found a shady spot to enjoy some friendly, mutual scratching.       A sure sign of Summer is getting back in the pool. The dogs seem to enjoy the pool as much as their humans do!   Share...

A Bathtub Isn’t A Pond, But The Ducklings Don’t Mind

It’s a little hard to believe the ducklings are a month old already! They’ve been growing fast and are bigger than the chicks now.   Here’s a video of them swimming in the bathtub. They make it look so fun!     Just four more weeks and they can move out of the garage and live outside. I’m working on a pen for them now. Here’s another video I took of them swimming, in slow motion. It makes the water almost look like jello. Enjoy.   Share...

The Chicks Go Outside, And Love It!

Hard to believe the chicks are 5 weeks old already! They’ve been growing well and staying healthy, so yesterday I took them outside for a little while.     They seemed to really enjoy scratching in the dirt and looking for bugs to eat. I had them in a big dog run with some water and a bit of hay. Every little sound made them nervous at first, but they were pretty happy once they realized they were safe. Won’t be long and they’ll move out there full time. Here’s a slow motion view of them scratching in the dirt. Those little feet can really scratch up that dirt!     Share...

Memorial Day

Since today is Memorial Day, I just wanted to post a little about animals that served. So I did some research and discovered many more animal species that have helped in wartime than I thought! Of course we all think about horses in the days of way before machines and engines came along. Also, many dogs serve in wartime and in times when rescues are needed, such as earthquakes or bombed buildings, like 9-11. I also learned that cats have been fitted with devices to enable spying on the enemy, although some cats weren’t always cooperative. Many people also know that dolphins have been used in wartime. Homing pigeons are also well known for relaying messages. I don’t know why I never thought about camels, before. They’re very similar to horse in...

Our Cayuga Ducklings Have Arrived!

      I have always loved ducklings. There’s something so cute and cuddly about a fuzzy little duckling. When I found out the hatchery where I bought our chicks also sold ducklings, I couldn’t wait to order some. They arrived yesterday in good health and have been so much fun to watch.  They are in the same area as the chicks. It suddenly got very quiet when I brought the ducklings in. Here’s a video of them settling in to their new home. Be sure to turn up the volume so you can hear the little noises they’re making!       It will be a fun experience to watch these little ones grow up. They will stay dark their whole lives, eventually having a dark greenish hue to their feathers. In the meantime, enjoy the...