Wednesday, March 29, 2017

:: This muddy, muddy time of year | Farm Therapy ::

I'm pretty sure the pigs are the only ones around here that truly enjoy early Spring and all the rain that comes with it. 

On the bright side, it's Spring and that means new beginnings, new growth, and babies!
... The rhubarb is just beginning to pop up.

The apple trees ...

and peach trees are starting to bloom.

The strawberry beds still need cleaned out, but fresh new plants are making their way to the top.

Soon, the peonies & ditch lilies will be taking over.

Lilacs, I can't wait to smell them!

Lilies ...

and autumn sedum ... yes, please.
The coop is hopping & full of new chickens...
Meet Lacey. Isn't she beautiful?
 The escape...
 The bounty ..
 The newbies ...
 The king of the coop ... RJ ...
Coe's ducks are now living in the flight pen until we can get more netting for their area. Thanks to a hawk or some other sort of predator, this is now necessary. Sadly, he's had a few victims.
  However, they are going to love it in here! A home with a view ( and a nosey cow neighbor).
In the pasture, the tom turkey is strutting and following the hen around like some teenaged crazed boy.
 The cows are in the main pasture until we get a new strip of fencing built; then they will be moving onto greener pastures (see what I did there.) ;)
 We currently have 4 female goats. All of which we are hoping are bred. Two are for sure, based on the size of their bellies, but the other two are still maybes. Here's hoping we will start having little ones in a couple of weeks. Below is Pistal. This will be her second breeding year. I'm so hoping for another set of great twins out of her. She's such a good mama.
 Clarabelle (our oldest heifer) is such a nosey rosey ...
 These are two of our newest little calves. Stella & Chester...
 We've moved the old pull together sheds up and are starting our planning process on how they will best fit our needs. They will be recovered with new tin (sad face), which I'm reluctant about because I just love the old look. I do however understand keeping out the weather is important.
One side will be set up as a brooder house for chicks & pheasants when needed, and the other half will be stalls for the goats during kidding season. We are also hoping to some how situate the milking stand in there so I'll have an easy place to milk the goats. Lots of work, planning, & dreaming. Isn't that the definition of a "hobby farmer" anyways?
The view from our back deck is my favorite any time of year, but right now it sure shows all the work that needs to be done once the weather starts to dry up and warm up. 
The garden, Good Friday & potato planting is just around the corner. 
 The reminence of last years sunflowers need to be removed ...
The garden fence still needs a coat of white paint ...
The pool looks more like a pond right now, but I can't wait for warm summer days!
 The chicken coop needs cleaned out and rebedded down.
 Sadly, there's nothing in my greenhouse this year. Not being home for much of the winter meant not starting our tomatoes and peppers from seed. But, we have agreed to downsize the main garden to make life a bit simpler and easier this year. The garden boxes need to be cleaned up and ready for planting.
 The one and only flower bed I have had a chance to get cleaned up and the darn dog keeps digging holes in it.
Darn, guilty dog & his accomplice...
Although these photos show how much work is ahead of us, it also shows what I call my "farm-therapy". There's nothing better than taking a walk around the yard and getting down close to what's continually changing and making life shine; even on the rainy days.

Monday, May 9, 2016

:: Role Call Goat Style | Mama got some new Goats! ::

Our goat herd expanded over the weekend! I'm so excited. Goats are just the cutest little grass trimmers ever. First up, meet Trixie : she is a Boar mix (not sure what else, I'm still trying to do some research to figure that out).

She had twins in March just ahead of when Johnny & June were born.
We came up with the names : Millie & Merle for these little cuties.

We also have their daddy; Chet. We bought the herd together as a whole, so while we don't need another male here on the farm, we will be selling him soon. He's gentle and has such cool coloring!

Our main man around her will be Clyde aka #clydetheking. He's our pure boar that we bottle fed over the winter. He will be let out with the ladies late Fall.

Johnny & June are doing great and Pistal is such a great mama!

As you can tell, Pistal has learned to ignore my camera. Trixie on the other hand is totally intrigued.

The grass is green & life is good!
Happy Monday everyone!

Monday, April 18, 2016

:: A Weekend Recap | Spring Cleaning ::

We enjoyed a beautiful weekend with temps in the low 80s!

Beautiful weather meant my work schedule was also jam packed. I put nearly 250 miles on my truck and captured over 2700 photos! The fact that I get to capture so many amazing moments for people makes me so incredibly happy. ( Watch for session updates on my Megan Klauer Photography FaceBook page!)

Aaron and the kids have been working like crazy around here as well!
Last week they built decking for the new dog kennel.
That makes for one happy Recon puppy.
Side note: because we get asked a lot; he is a Deutsch Drathaar. A German breed hunting dog. I think Aaron was drawn to them because of the beard. LOL!

They moved barns, tore out some fencing, and created a new area for the meat chickens that will be arriving soon. For now, Clyde is loving that as his new enclosure.

It seems like we do a lot of revamping and moving every year. We've got some big plans (dreams) and just do a few things as we can afford it and have time to do it.
We decided we wanted to remove the chain link fencing that was around the chicken coop (I've never been a huge fan of the way it looks). This will give us a bit more yard as well.

Much nicer!

We also have plans to tear down the little shed with siding. It's been falling apart for awhile now and it's time to go.

It will be replaced with this little shed that we had been using out in the pasture. It needs a bit of repair, but it's going to work just nicely as a garden shed. I'm thinking a coat of white paint with help spruce it up.
Pistal and her babies, Johnny & June are doing great and will be let out to run in the pasture as soon as we get some fence fixed and a few other things rearranged. 
The apple, peach, tulip trees, and strawberries are all in bloom and the rhubarb is growing like crazy.
Spring, finally!
Tom the turkey struts around like he owns the place. Poor fella, we won't tell him his fan is a bit shabby looking yet.
The pigs are growing and growing. They are so funny and Ella just loves them!

The cows were moved to the larger pasture; a little corn and then walked right along.
We also welcomed a new steer to the farm yesterday named; Mikey. He decided to do his best to allude my camera; but I won't let him for long, I promise. ;)
And last but not least, we had only one successful turkey hatching. His name is Edgar. I'm not sure why that name came to me but he just looks like an Edgar. He currently resides in a brooder box in our kitchen and Ella loves to sneak him out of there as often as she can get away with.
Happy Monday everyone!