Not sure if we captured the Easter Bunny or Peter Cotton Tail! But one things for sure this little cutie should not be hippidy hoppidying around our property. I think he/she managed to wiggle free from its home for some fun adventuring, or worse, someone "set it free". I would never recommend leaving a domesticated rabbit out in the country, can you say coyote treat. Lets think good thoughts and just believe this city bunny was just trying to visit its country cousin bunny and got lost. We are in the process of trying to find out who's its owner maybe. I guess the next question would be, what if no one is missing a bunny? We maybe adding a new member to this on going farm adventure. I think a bunny would be sweet in the coop and adorable next to some, soon to be, new lambs...wink..wink
I remember as a child being so exited for field days at school. Not only did you get to avoid school work, hang with friends and have lunch outside but you also had this thrilling freedom to run around all over the school grounds without getting into trouble. I can only image this is the kind of feeling our sheep get when we let them out into the big field. Of course I wasn't as interested in eating the grass as they are.
Watching their excitement to get out of confinement is a blast. As soon as they see one of us heading for the gate they turn on the power boosters and make a b-line for sweet freedom. Just before releasing them into the "wild" they like to give a little kung fu action kick to wart off any second thoughts or as if we have the cooties. Cracks me up every time. I never guessed the chubby balls of wool could ever have the ability to leap highs and bounds so nimbly. They are surprising creature.
Clean sheets, fresh blankets, chasing all the happy dust bunnies from under the bed, all wonderful things except when you are doing it at 3 am. I Don't know what it is about this magic hour, but this tends to be when life becomes real. Today's adventure began at the special request of our dog Brindle vomiting. The sad little guy must have been storing it up because repeatedly he was letting go. So the cleanup ensued and meds were given. It's now 4:30 am, waiting to go fishing at 5; All once again seems to be happy and somewhat quiet. Sleepless Ranch Life
We have been working on a logo design for some time now. Today, while I was trying to order ear tags they ask if I had one.. Nothing in the world will get you out of procrastination mode than necessity. So I jotted this one quickly. It contains our initials with almost an Aurora sweep design. I'm putting this back of the envelope draft out to you all for critiques. Please let me know what you all think.
The new year is upon us and no doubt it will fly by just as fast has it snuck up. We have been waiting in expectation for the blustery cold winter weather to arrive and to our surprise it's been very mild and pleasant. I call that a blessing! With the adventure of moving and taking on animals, it has been a much needed break from the standard freezes and occasional snows. Not sure what lyes in wait for us around the corning but we are taking advantage of the warmth for now.
I am already in the beginning stages of preparation for this year. Calling local farms for advice on processing wool and getting a shearer. I love how open and helpful farmers are to guide the ignorant ones through dozens of questions and that's an understatement.There will be up coming fiber festivals to check out, baby lambs arriving, shearing, updating website and I'm most positive troubles. I have given myself a mind set to be prepared for the hard situations and to take to heart this life is a learning experience. But boy do I hope in the back of my mind and heart that all goes smooth with occasional bumps.
I hope you will join us in learning more about these wonderful Icelandic sheep, love on our new lambs and invest your time. It would be our joy to have you along on this ride and be in prayer with our family. Weather you respond to our blogs, give us calls/texts of support/inquires or just come on out and hang with us. We would welcome all and any who want to be apart of this crazy Aurora Skala Ranch adventure.
Love the Boothe Family
A Wintery Wonderland would be much more appreciated right now. This TX wind is a little overwhelming, especially now that we live on a hill with no trees to block it. The good news is that being on a hill keeps the flooding down and we can see all the storms coming way off and prepare for them. Our home is in tacked, the animals are well and most of our property is holding up, except the poor chicken coop. All the strong winds have managed to reveal the weak spots of an old coop with rotted wood. It's not delightful to see more work to be done but I see it as a blessing too. To have the weak spots exposed gives us the opportunity to repair them and make this place a fortified "city" on a hill. We pray for the safety of our family, animals and home and God answers with His loving protection and revealing the areas that are not safe, in a safe way.
1 Thess 5:18 tells us to give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Jesus Christ. I like that it does not say give thanks FOR all circumstances, because I'm not thankful FOR the damage but I can give thanks IN this situation. I'm thankful we have no hurt animals due to the damage, it's going to be an easy repair and I see how it strengthens our family by giving us the opportunity to learn and work alongside one another. But for now we will hunker down, wait the winds out and make new plans for fixing the coop.
Merry Christmas everyone! Whew. What a week! It's been so nice outside so I decided to do some maintenance. Man is that the gift that keeps on giving! Finally got my electric fence finished so my 2 breeding groups quit bashing the fence. Weighed them, trimmed hooves, gave wormer and selenium paste. I was happy until I awoke one morning this week and one of my rams, Yogi, was limping. Left front hoof was off the ground as he hobbled about. I inspected hooves and they seemed normal. I mashed around up and down the leg for signs of swelling or flinching and found none. I read to give paprika with molasses and I put in an aspirin crushed as well. I did, but he didn't like it at all! But I spooned it in. Have him isolated to rest and monitor.
Also to top it off, I have a Guinea hen with a broke leg and my daughters horse is gimpy to.
I do say, maybe this is the way animals say Merry Christmas! - Brad
"If you are using two or more rams (for breeding), do not put the rams with their ewe groups in adjoining pastures where they can "touch" each other at the fence or gate. Rams have battered each other through fences and been killed this way. If they are going to be in adjoining areas, create a "dead space" in between them with a double fencing".( http://lavenderfleece.com/rambehavior.html )
Wise words to live by. Our fencing is evidence that there is going to be more to separating the two rams than just one fence. We are now in preparation of setting up an electrical line on both sides. With all the signs that our single fence is just not cutting it; damaged fences, bent poles, broken lock clasps and Yogi getting his pulled horn caught in the fencing and yanked it off, ouch!
Thank goodness the rams don't seem to find us competition. I have read some hairy tales of other Icelandic owners receiving lovely bruises and doing a few self defense moves.
Hopefully we will have update photos of our DIY fortification soon, but in the mean time enjoy the ones below.