Monday, January 26, 2015

We have babies!

As I sit at our dining room table writing this, I look out the back door and see a new coating of fresh and fluffy snow. All is quiet and enjoying the time to be with the Lord in my devotions.

Cupid our one doe had triplets on Jan. 14th during the night. It was a rough night to say the least. Tom was recovering from a stomach thing and I went out to check on everyone as usually, like I had done for the last month and half to see if anyone had started labor. ( I was anxious if you couldn't tell ha!) So when I went out and Cupid was talking to me, she doesn't do that much, and laying down and get up again a lot. I had a feeling something was happening. So I gathered our kidding kit and made camp out in the barn. I came in to make a quick dinner for the boys and Tom, then headed back out with my snack of animal crackers.


When I got back out to the barn Cupid was starting to lay down and do pushes! yay!!! While I was on my computer, with some amazing women who know goats and were helping me prepare for the delivery, I felt something in my pocket. Yep you guessed it a goat head! My mom's goat Eli , decided that he should eat my animal crackers since I was getting to them fast enough! haha. I needed a little humor at the time and now I know his favorite snack.

Anyway back to the labor...... So it was time to get the other goats their dinner , while I was doing that and Cupid's water broke and delivery was on, or so I thought. The ladies on the goat chat were asking did I see a nose or a hoof.....no.... okay wait a little. So finally one lady said if you feel comfortable to go in and feel the do so... So I gloved up and felt around,"A hoof !"I thought. Oh wait... that was a hoof that was a tail! As I typed in I have a breech, the ladies all jumped in giving me advice. I ran in to ask Tom if he could come out, because we had a breech and I couldn't reposition it correctly. So he came out and tried , but couldn't. We were about to call the vet, but I kept thinking I don't want the baby or Cupid to die,  so I went in a again and repositioned the baby's legs the correct way. And a beautiful buck was born at a whopping 10lbs!

Then she started to push again about a half an hour after delivering the first. She had no problems with that delivery and had another gorgeous buck at a whopping 11lbs.! And last but not least she delivered a doeling at 9 lbs.


Buck #2

Doeling

Buck #1



Well they are almost 2 weeks of age and the boys are thriving. Bouncing and romping around like crazy! The doeling who the boy have named Caitlin , had a set back. Cupid wasn't feeding her and pushing her away. Saturday we had quite the scared and thought we were loosing her, but thankfully she is doing great now. She is for now residing in our kitchen ( which the boys are loving), we are currently bottle feeding her to get her weight and strength back up. The 4-6 hourly wake up calls for us to get up. If really does feel like having another newborn in the house. Though we are all really enjoying having her in the house and seeing her thrive, we do have to keep reminding the boys when she gets strong enough we have to put her back in the barn. Which they are sad to hear, especially Kyle he is a real animal lover ( just like his mom), but I know I will enjoy the snuggles while I can!


~ Katie

Monday, December 29, 2014

The waiting game

That is what we have been calling it. Cupid is due we think any day, honestly I don't think she can get

 any bigger! So through out the day I walk out to the barn and check on her. "Wait she is away from

the others, she is laying down differently!" I think to myself. Then she gets up and comes over to me

acting just as normal as the last time I came out to check on her! Ugh!  so we will have to just

continue to wait and be patient for the first arrivals on our homestead ! I was hoping she would kid

while Tom still has off from work, but it isn't looking that way. So I may have to help her out solo if

she decides to kid during the day.


On a sadder note, one of my mom's goats named Annie. Was acting very strange for a few days. She

would try to pee and only a little would come out. Then she would get wobbly and her balance

thrown off. So my mom and I thought it would be a good idea and call the vet just to check she was

okay. We thought maybe a stone or bladder infection. So the vet came out the next morning around

 10 am. She looked her over and thought she might be pregnant so got the ultrasound machine to

check it out. Well I really wished she was pregnant, but the vet found infection all in her uterus. The

 only cure would have been surgery which costs a lot of money. So my mom made the difficult

decision to have her euthanized. Annie was a sweet goat, very spunky and wasn't afraid to show

Elijah ( my mom's whether pygmy goat) who was boss.  So that was a sad day for us, but knowing

she was out of pain helped a little.

             
              Trying to think of anything else new on the homestead.... Oh I know! Tom put up my Amish

 wash line! yay! So excited about that it goes from our deck across our yard and attaches to the barn.

Love it! that will help not using the dryer as much now! Was ready to start saving money on that

again! Do any of you have an Amish wash line? Do you have a normal one? How often do you use

yours?


            Well, I have to finish organizing the office and get things set up for Tom and I, we are going

over our personal  financial goals for 2015, our business/ homestead financial goals and the

homestead goals of things we would like to build, make , animals to get, etc.


       Are you working on any goals for the new year? I would love to hear them!


~Katie

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Our girls

 Just wanted to do a quick update on our girls : Today we had the vet come out and check on our girls. Everything is great with Cupid, who the vet  said will be  kidding probably  within this month or the beginning of next. Yay! We can't wait for babies!

Clemmy had an okay check. We have been worried about her a bit. She kept getting gunk ( like scabs) in her nose and we  would go out and moisten them off. Poor thing. And 2 days ago noticed her limping on her front leg. So the vet took a look and said she seems to have a  upper respitory cold. So she is now on penicillin for 5 days. Her foot has an area that has foot rot. UGH! ( it has been so wet and yucky out here) So the penicillin should help take care of the infection and we will be putting some Kopetox on it to help dry and heal the hoof. She has to also be separated from the rest of the goats and off pasture,till it is healed.   I felt so bad for her. So just to see if she was pregnant , which we didn't think she was, the vet did an ultrasound. And guess what.......SHES PREGNANT TOO! She is due around or a little after Cupid!

We are so excited! There will be babies coming soon to Daisy Hill Homestead and we can't wait!


Well sorry for such a short post! Will be getting our 2015 goals typed up and ready! Then will try to post about the garden and the animal additions we will be adding!


~Katie


Monday, November 17, 2014

The time we have...



        I read an article/ post  a friend posted on Facebook  yesterday and it really hit me. It is called  How 936 Pennies Will Forever Change a Parent. It really got me thinking about how we don't have a lot of time with our kids as they are small. The time goes so fast and we have to make sure we use all that time to love them, teach them, play with them. It makes you think of how you have been spending your time or those days you feel like running outside into a pasture and yelling at the top of your lung, because they ask you the question "why" after everything you tell them.

       I need to still cherish those moment no matter how much right now they may not be a moment I want too. Before we know it, they will be going off to college and I don't want to have the thoughts did I spend enough time with them, did I teach them everything I needed too, did I pray for them enough.

      I'm definitely going to challenge myself to do more of this and to remember to love every moment I have with my boys, because before you know it they will be men and the pennies in the jar with be gone. I hope to challenge you to do the same with your loving children!


Here is the post if you would like to read it :

http://erynlynum.com/how-936-pennies-will-forever-change-how-you-parent/




What are your thoughts? As moms of little ones can you relate to this? Moms of older kids/ adults I would love to hear your thoughts on this too.



~Katie

Saturday, November 15, 2014

When winter begins...


In the mornings when the sun is starting to rise and you can see your breath as you make your way to feed the animals. Where you are greeted with ice covered water( which you try to fill with the hose that has frozen over night) and hungry animals looking out of their barns. These are a few signs winter is here. Or when you go to let the chickens out and they insist on sitting on the roost instead of journeying out the into the cold.


But also the beauty of when you are walking back to the house and the sun shines off the morning frost that is over everything. It makes you stop and thank God for even these type of beautiful moments. What a blessing it is to see the land you hard on, being so beautiful.




Though winter is not my favorite season, it is still a beautiful and time to relax ( as much as you can when you have a homestead), before the planning of gardens, livestock, etc. So as winter is just beginning make sure you take the time to just enjoy the little moments of God's beautiful creation.



Updates on the homestead: We are starting to feel more settled in on our homestead. The animals are all doing well. Cupid our one doe is still Very pregnant, is still not showing any signs of laboring anytime soon. I am hoping she does before a really bad snow comes. I think either way we will be thrilled just to have our first birth on the homestead and the start of our business! We have a new animal on our homestead , it is my mom's pet pygmy goat Elijah. He is a real sweetie and Kyle especially are enjoying having him here. We are picking up my mom's other goat, a female, who had yet to be named on Friday. So Elijah will have a friend. Our girls are not big fans of having him on the homestead so hopefully the girl will help.



We are also anxiously awaiting not only the first birth on the homestead , but also the first egg. The girls still haven't started laying yet , so hoping they start next month! I am looking forward to some fresh homestead eggs!



That is all that is new on the homestead so far, this winter there is a lot of planning and maybe even expanding going on for spring! I will keep you all updated as things happen! Hopefully I can get on here more often  then I do now!
 
What is your weather like around you guys? What do you do to prepare for the winter with your animals and your homestead? Is anyone planning their garden for next year yet?



~ Katie




Monday, September 1, 2014

Our two new additions to the homestead!



        We are excited to show two new additions to our homestead ! Meet Lady (gray striped) and Stephen

(black) , the boys wanted to name them after trains from Thomas the Tank Engine. We are hoping these two

will grow up to become great mousers and companions. We are already getting alot of laughs from them, as

we watch them chase their tails and each other. The boys also like playing with them, with the toys they have

made them. String, aluminum foil rolled in a ball. We are also enjoying some loving snuggles!


                                                                         Lady


                                                                         Stephen



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A mini Tour of our homestead

I went around the homestead this chilling morning and took some pictures of our homestead to share.

This is our front pastures:



Our Driveway


Standing in the middle of the pasture into the backyard


Concord Grape vine


Grapes!


Our Garden (with fall crops)


backyard


Chicken coop (left) Goat shed (middle) Tom's workshop(right)

Back of house, deck , pool , temporary laundry line


We have really settled in here. We have introduced 6 Easter Egger chickens to our homestead and will be also getting two kittens on Sunday to have a home here :) Still amazes me that we went from a small house in town with a dog and two rabbits, to now having a bigger house, yard and 11 animals! God is so Good and we surely do give HIM ALL THE GLORY  for all He has given us! I hope you have a wonderful day!

~Katie