One of our friends had mentioned a few times before that he had a buck that he would be willing to loan us out and a week ago he came over and brought Mr Chico over to stud for our girls and they also surprised us with two Silkie polish crosses and a gorgeous little bantam rooster and they brought a carrier with five kittens we could pick a kitten from for our barn.
Here are the chickens free ranging next to the barn. The rooster is quite the character and I love his shrill little crow
Here is Chico the buck. He is quite the friendly guy but boy does he smell! My husband says he isn’t that bad but I can barely be in the barn since hes been here. Although I like him I am looking forward to giving him back.
Last but not least is our new barn kitten. Names welcome! We haven’t decided on one yet but she is a super sweet little girl and has settled in very well. She likes to sleep on our hay bales and loves to follow us around as we do chores
My husband and the little cat bonding
One of our friends said she was too friendly to be a barn cat. My opinion is I would rather a friendly barn cat so long as she still eats mice and rats for us!
Hope you enjoyed the photos. I am looking forward to having some milk and with a barn cat I can give her the first squirts of milk instead of throwing them out!
The goats have been here three days as of today and are settling in well. I desperately need a milking stand! Martha isn’t TOO hard to milk but without the stand you need two people to milk her. They are getting much friendlier now that they know that people=treats(Bribery will get you everywhere with goats). and aren’t cowering in a corner anymore. They are still nervous of the dogs though but I’m sure that will pass in time.
Here is a video my friend took while visiting. I apologize for my friends potty mouths in advance! And the disgrace comments are a Pewdiepie reference. They don’t actually mean my goats are a disgrace!
Today we add new additions to the homestead that really make our little homestead reality. My friend and I took my mothers car and traveled two hours to pick up two goats! Like any Canadian road trip it started with gassing up then getting some tims!
When we got to the city we stopped at Dollarama to pick up a tarp as well as some dog collars so we could leash the goats if anything happenned
Then stopped at J&P farm supplies to pick up some extra things like feed, insulators for electric fencing, feed etc.
With some work(Martha did NOT want to go up the hill to the car) we finally got the girls into the car. Martha is the black alpine toggenburg mix and her daughter is rose). Martha is already producing milk!
On our way back we stopped to order McDonalds(Lots of weird looks from passers by!)
Martha would have liked a salad without dressing but since they didn’t have this she settled for some apple slices!
Rose just being cute
Nibbling my friends ear
I wasn’t able to get a hay rack so this will do for now.
Pale of stock salt for the goats
And the goats finally in their stall. They are nervous but will settle down soon.
It was a long day and I am exhausted and back home just in time to start my shift. Very excited about trying to milk Martha. Also we are getting some visit from my friends from the city tomorrow so that will be great fun also. I am going to have a very busy four day weekend!