|Posted by Fluffy on January 14, 2013 at 11:50 PM||comments (0)|
Oh boy. Telling the difference between and rooster and hen when the chicks are young is not so easy with all breeds. With some, there is a marked difference in several aspects; colour, pattern, comb and the hangy down things called wattles. The legs are thicker and there is a cape of feather on a rooster that is not prominent on a hen. The broody hatched chicks 4 months old and a practiced eye and experience chicken farmer should be able to tell the sexes apart. There is a bit of a problem, a...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Fluffy on January 13, 2013 at 8:15 PM||comments (0)|
Alex arrived around Christmas. He was fat and friendly and not afraid of the other cats or the big dogs. As a matter of fact, he was good with all the animals on the farm, including the farmer. Obviously he was some one's house cat because every time the door was opened he was inside or attempting to get inside. Cats are not allowed in the house because I am allergic to them and I do not like the fact that cats cannot be trained to stay off the furniture or beds or kitchen counters or whereve...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Fluffy on January 12, 2013 at 8:40 PM||comments (1)|
At minus 28 with a good foot and a half of snow cover on the ground, it is hard to think about summer. In this land, there are 4 distinct seasons: slush, construction, not much time til it freezes and winter. Because it can get so cold, animals only go into survival mode in winter. They try to eat enough to generate warmth and they sleep. During extreme frigid conditions , tender animals, like goats and chickens, may not eat enough and become sadly undernourished, then they cannot generate en...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Fluffy on January 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM||comments (0)|
The puppies are 5 months old. They were small for their age when they arrived, but it appears that they were not fed well if fed at all. They would eat the grain that I gave the ducks and chickens. I suspect they learned to eat grain from the sheep they were born with, because they were hungry and had no offers of other food. So, they were not as big as Maremmas should have been, but they appeared healthy in all other ways.
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|Posted by Fluffy on January 11, 2013 at 1:40 PM||comments (0)|
How much wood does it take to keep an 850 square foot house warm?
Well, that depends entirely on the temperature outside. When the outside temperature is 10 degrees above freezing, a warm fire, dampers almost closed down, will bring the interior temperature up to about 18, which is relatively comfortable. But, in minus 28, as it is today, the fire must be a roaring blaze, dampers both patially opened to oxygenate the flames ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Fluffy on January 10, 2013 at 1:50 AM||comments (0)|
Ofcharka is a year old as of December 10. Ideally, a livestock guardian dog that is designated to guard a flock should be reared wth the flock in order to bond to them as part of his own, but Ofcharka showed no interest in sheep and was not born or raised with them. He was rather timid, too and I suspected placing him with the sheep might have made a timid dog, not an ideal livestock guardian. Even now, if a sheep lowers her head to him, he runs away. This is good. Submissive behaviour with t...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Fluffy on January 8, 2013 at 8:15 PM||comments (0)|
Thank goodness there are those in this world who care deeply about animals and take matters into their own hands when they know animals are suffering neglect or abuse.
Today, while just putting on my boots to go to town after finishing the last of the chores, there was a knock on the door. I bid the person to come in and he opened the door. Donning my last glove, I said hello. I could see he had an emblem that I was familiar with on his coat. He quickly explained that the SPCA had...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Fluffy on January 8, 2013 at 1:30 AM||comments (0)|
Natasha and Boris, the little Berkshire weaner pigs, have never seen dogs before and of course, they are terrified of them, especially Robbie. Robbie has seen pigs before, big ones and little ones, but he was never allowed to chase them. Most of the time he was very good since he too was a pup when the pigs were babies. Now he is one and half years old, and very interested in herding anything that moves, including baby pigs.
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|Posted by Fluffy on January 6, 2013 at 7:20 PM||comments (0)|
The two little piggies, born at mid October, are weaned and eating solid food on their own. They are not too shy, but in their new digs, they were hiding. They have never seen a dog, let alone 5, so that was something to be afraid of. Hopefully, the dogs will leave them alone. They are in the pen that they broke the wire to get the rabbits out, but I have fortified the problems with logs and a straw bale. Tomorrow I will get some plywood to cut a low wall so the problem is not an issue and wi...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Fluffy on January 5, 2013 at 9:50 PM||comments (0)|
The Fat Ewe Farm now has 5 dogs and 4 cats. 4 of the dogs are young, with Ofcharka and the Maremma puppies being all under a year, Robbie, the border collie at a year and a half and the old dog, at 3 , Harley. The cats are 2 adults and 2 teenagers. Jane, the grey tabby kitten loves the dogs and for some reason, they do not harass her as much as the other cats. Poor Sally is now missing fur in her ruff from the insistent pulling on her or carrying her around, especially by Robbie and Ofcharka....Read Full Post »