August 15, 2009

Alone Time, Peachicks and Polled Goats

This weekend and the early part of next week I will be home alone. Woo Hoo! Oh, the peace and quiet and I have so many things I can, want and would like to accomplish without interruption.

To Do List:
Paint milk stand
Paint shearing stand
Card washed fleeces
Wash and card more fleece
Work on a few craft projects
I might even watch an old movie (I just love them) and veg on the couch one evening if things go smoothly.

The better half is working over the weekend and on his way to Wyoming, another big Woo Hoo! A long trip with many paid miles. Things are looking up.

Dear Son is leaving on a 3 day road trip to meet up with his friends from TN. He is still experiencing a bit of culture shock in moving from the big city to the boonies. A weekend away will do him good and brighten his spirits.

You might remember I mentioned we had a few new peachicks hatch earlier in the spring. I have been hesitant to talk much about them. Many do not survive, never sure any will. Our peafowl are free range, never caged or penned and they roam our 15 acres. At nesting time the hens hide their eggs and the chicks from us. When the hens do bring up the chicks for me to feed, they are a bit older, larger and normally those are the only ones who have survived. Sad we lose some, we just have to look at it as survival of the fittest.
This year 3 chicks were brought up to the barnyard. To my surprise we have a new color in the birds. Well, different color I should say. A Cameo also known as Silver Dun is not a new color in peafowl, though new to us. It is a gene mutation of Indigo Blues. Not sure if the Cameo is male or female. It is just lovely, a cream color with brown markings. I think I actually prefer the Cameo to the whites we had.

Ever had a naturally polled goat? We haven’t, but we do now. Another recent discovery and surprise to us is that Violet’s (who is a horned goat) triplets are all polled. Not a horn tip or nubbin in sight. There are little smooth bumps under the skin where the horns should be but they are not coming through. The better half was so impressed he is now keeping Wisteria as well as Brownie. The polled factor had to come from the buck that my friend bred Violet to. All the goats in Violets pedigree from our farm were horned. I don’t have much information on the buck that she used so I am just assuming it from his side.

Wanted to take a moment to say welcome to and thank my new followers and readers for visiting. Also to say thank you to Tina from A Blip on the Radar and Nancy A Shepherd's Voice... for trying my Blueberry Orange bread recipe and mentioning us/it on their blogs.

If you have time and want to see a blog full of complete cuteness, stop by and visit Rose at Rose's Life on the Farm scroll down to the baby bunnies and the most adorable baby goats I have seen in a very long time. And I can tell you I have seen some adorable baby goats in my time :-)


Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

The buckling, Cahoot, we bought is polled. My breeder says you can't breed polled to polled though, but we don't have any polled girls. Yeah, he just has some nubs that protrude a little.

Got the place to yourself huh? Live it up girl!

Nancy K. said...

That orange/blueberry bread is SO good! I took some to work and had to bring the recipe the next day...

When I was young, I hated being alone. Totally, completely, almost hysterically hated it. Now, I love it! I treasure each and every moment of being alone ~ with my animals of course!

~Tonia said...

I have one polled Doe. She usually gives me at least One polled baby a year. The reason they dont want you to breed polled to polled is because of the Hermaphrodite defect that seems to follow the polled genes. But as long as you breed your polled goat to a horned goat you will be okay.
Enjoy your time!!

Rose said...

Thanks so much for the awesome shout-out to my blog!! I am so excited that people are reading it (other than my mom -- luv ya Ma!).

DayPhoto said...

What a beautiful bird!