Good: Nathan got more tilapia last week! I don't have any photos of Fred's place this year since it looks exactly the same as it did last year...minus the goats on the truck. They were apparently taking a walk through the neighbourhood while we were there.
Good: Erika and her newly adopted chihuahua Taz came for a visit!
Did you know Chihuahuas smile?
(I wasn't poking him, I swear. I was scratching under his collar).
Good: Abby really liked that fact that Taz was newly-neutered and still smelled like testosterone.
Bad: Taz is about 6" tall (if that) and Abby's flirting attempts came across more as squashing attempts.
Good: Magpie has 4 adorable chicks and is sitting on the last 3 eggs. These are called Easter-Egger chicks since they have Saul the Ameraucana dad (we think - although the one big guy may be Zebra Head's) and will lay various shades of blue-green-white eggs.
A sampling of our current egg colour and size varieties - pretty!:
Two of the chicks look like this:
Magpie is being such a good mum and telling her chicks when to go eat and drink while still sitting on the remaining eggs.
Good: We got our next batch of broiler chicks! They are an Asian breed that will be a bit slower growing but will also (hopefully) have less of the problems that go along with the fast growing broilers (back/leg problems). They are also apparently better at foraging.
Bad: They are super skittish right now and can squeeze through the brooder chicken wire!
Good: They turn into gorgeous looking birds.
Bad: I will, inevitably, want to keep 1 or 2 as layers. They are grey and orange and really very pretty!
Good: When we got home with the chicks, Oprah was in labour!
(warning - slightly graphic images)
A hoof with a nose on top:
Doesn't that image above make you want to get your hands right in there and help?
Yup...the lamb was stuck with it's head out with one leg forward and one bent right back (both legs should be forward). I scrubbed up and reached in and...OW! Those are some hand crushing muscles. After a few minutes of assisting I helped pull out a giant ewe lamb. She is the same size as Amelia's 3 week old lambs!
Bad: Only one lamb...
but Good: We get to keep her! She isn't inbred and she is a girl so she'll join our little flock.
Also Good: Oprah is being a great mom so far. Sorry Oprah - we shouldn't have doubted you.
Goats. Good and Bad! Naughty, naughty goats.
Now for the worst of the Bad...we got an email yesterday morning from our landlord giving us official notice that he will be moving in to this house with his family next spring. That gives us a year to move out. Time to buy our own farm?