Our cow, Hershey, was due to calve yesterday, and I had an inkling that it would be fairly soon, because she gone off her hay the previous evening. But when yesterday morning, she began to eat again, I figured I would just keep checking throughout the day. I went out after lunch with D&E’s girls to check for a calf, but to our disappointment there was none to be seen. Immediately after supper, I went to check on Hershey again, and lo and behold: there was a little calf standing there trying to get a snack!
I was too busy to weigh the little guy last night, but I picked him up in my arms to get an estimate. I guessed him to be about 50 lbs or so. But when I weighed him this morning, much to my surprise, he was 67 lbs!
Mr. Big is very smart and is drinking very well. I am trying to train him to drink both from his mother and from a bottle.
While stacking hay at work one day, Stephen came across four “orphaned” kittens. The mother was probably still alive somewhere, but the hay wagon he was unloading came from a different farm. So it seemed the best option to bring them home and feed them. Sarah and Evelyn (and sometimes others if they are available) have been doing this very faithfully many times a day.
So far they all seem to be doing fine and are growing quickly. And there are more kittens coming! Frosting is pregnant and expecting for sometime this week.
How many do you think she’ll have?
I thought pictures were supposed to be taken on my terms.
Honeycomb lambed today – a very quick delivery! Evelyn had just checked on her at 2 p.m. and when I went out at 4 p.m., there were two little lambs standing under her drinking! Apparently they didn’t need any help!
Then Apple and her lambs got up from their afternoon snooze.
For a moment it looked as though Apple had quadruplets.
But they sorted themselves out in not too long.
Honeycomb is a little too friendly for photographing.
Cleaning her daughter up…The little ram lamb has ears like his Daddy! Congratulations, Marie-Pier, on your correct guess!
And one of Honeycrisp, just because she was looking so cute!
Black Currant is growing quickly! Today we had to put in her ear tags (Quebec law for all livestock), but we thought we’d take some pictures of her first. Blackberry and Currant are so friendly they had no hesitation about following us out of the barn.
And of course the cat was around too… Snow is a new taste for Currant and the freezing rain yesterday made the driveway a field of broken ice. How does the cat always manage to get in the picture!
Since Currant is 4 weeks old today, we also wanted to weigh her. So we brought her and Blackberry up to the house.
This is a nice-looking house… Anybody home? And then it was time to return to the barn.
The cat decided to join in the race! And the winner is……but that wasn’t fair – Blackberry slid on the ice.
As it turns out, no one guessed right! Blackberry just lambed this morning with one black ewe lamb. And is she ever cute!
After observing for 1/2 an hour with nothing more progressing than seeing two little hooves, we stepped in to help. But all the help Blackberry needed was having the lamb’s legs straightened out and she managed the rest just fine.Mother and daughter seem to have bonded well.Now what should we call her?