January 10, 2014

This Week: Friday Follow-Up

This week:

- The horses love having access to the hayfield during the day. They are waiting for me when I walk down the hill in the mornings to open the gate for them. Before sunset I walk back down the hill with a bucket of feed and call them to come back in. Several days this week, they were way back in the woods to the south, avoiding the strong wind. I couldn't see them, and they couldn't hear me call. I had to walk way out there to look for them and convince them to come back to the barn. Finally I took out a cow bell and rang it to call them in. The last two nights they've been watching for me, and have come galloping through the gate before I even get to the bottom of the hill. I guess I don't need the cow bell anymore.

- Most of the goat kids were disbudded this week; the two littlest girls, Dragonfly and Daisy, will be done next week when their hornbuds are more developed. I have a no-horn policy in my dairy herd.

- My one remaining outside cat, Michael, showed up one morning with a tennis ball-sized swelling on the side of his head. I wanted to take him to the vet with the goat kids, but he was hiding when I went back out to catch him, so the next morning I caught him at feeding time and off we went to the doctor. By that time the abscess had burst. The vet treated him, gave me antibiotics, and said the best thing now is to let it drain. Michael is the grey tabby in the picture below.

- It has finally warmed up here in Oklahoma; we even had a day of rain this week.

- I've been making and canning more turkey stock, and lots of soup.

- And like many of you, I've been reviewing last year and making plans for this year. I've written down my yearly inventory of livestock and perennial plants and trees. Our homestead plans for 2014 include raising meat chickens and hopefully a piglet or two as well. I need to add a few chicks or pullets to my chicken coop and am debating about whether I want to raise chicks (since I'll have to raise the meat birds anyway) or buy some point-of-lay pullets (faster results).

What have you been up to this week?


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  1. Yikes, poor Michael. I'm glad you were able to get some medicine for him. I hope he heals quickly!

    We're warming up here in MO as well. Supposed to be in the 50s this weekend! Below zero one weekend and 50 above the next. Insane.

  2. Michael is feeling better, thank you. We had rain, thunder and lightning this morning, crazy weather.


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