Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Long-eared Baby Bunnies!

We recently spent a month in the hospital with our daughter and right as we left our Cookies&Cream gave birth to the litter of 7 healthy kits I had been SO excited about. An awesome friend (the Cooney family) offered to foster the new additions while I was away and had fun socializing and loving my sweet long-eared babies!

Dad is our English Lop, Axle. He is a beautiful and sweet buck and we just adore him and his amazing long ears!!!

Mama is our Holland Lop, Cookies&Cream. She is perfect and adored by all in our traveling farm tent!!! <3

We were so excited about this litter and together they had the most adorable litter of seven healthy babies! We love the Holland lops small size and cute flat face. But we just adore those ginormous ears on our English lops so we wanted to create a longer eared medium-sized lop and couldn't be happier with the results!

1. Solid Blue: ADOPTED by the Cooney family! 

2. Broken Blue: STAYING ON FARM! 

3. Solid Black: Up for Adoption

1. Broken Black: STAYING ON FARM!

2. Broken Black: Up for adoption!

3. Solid Black: STAYING ON FARM!

4. Solid Black: Up for adoption!

Aren't they adorable!?!

Posted by Shannon

Friday, May 26, 2017

NEW Additions: Alpacas and a Llama!

The last week of April we left for a fun family vacation. We visited Gatlinburg, TN and the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter in Kentucky. Our kids highlight was the petting zoo, go figure! Although we aren't ready for camel rides, ostriches or wallabies we did fall in love with the alpacas! 

So when we got back home, on May 4th, His Way Farm and Exotics delivered two male alpacas and a female llama.

We had them sheared, their feet and teeth trimmed right away, and built them a pen to quarantine them from other animals until we could have our farm vet out to verify their health.

Aren't they adorable!?! <3

Our sweet alpacas and llamas are so friendly. At our last open farm days kids and adults enjoyed feeding them. The two boys came from a petting zoo situation and we will have them ready to travel as an add on soon. Our big llama girl will begin her packing training soon with a long term goal of having her trained as a therapy llama!

Posted by Shannon

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Spring abundance!

This spring we were thrilled to see our new garden boxes producing tiny green babies! As a wife, mom then farmer my priorities are hubby, kids, animals THEN last plants so I tend to not garden well or keep up with it all. My gardening style is lots of good compost soil, plant seeds and pray....  

Our baby goats are weaned and growing!

We built our grape trellis last year and this year that paid off when we found an abundance of baby grape clusters gathered underneath its leaves!

With all our goat babies weaned we had lots of goat milk to go around!

Chickens and ducks were back to producing their eggs in full force! We were collecting more than four dozen clean, colorful, farm fresh, non-GMO eggs a day!

Whatever eggs we didn't sell every week we put in our incubator for baby chicks!

And our mama ducks, geese and guineas also hatched out several clutches of ducklings, goslings and keets!

Cookies&Cream, our black/white Holland Lop, is a favorite bunny to snuggle in our traveling farm tent. Axle is our huge tan English Lop with the ears so long he trips over them! We were happy to announce that they had seven healthy babies who will be weaned by July 1st. 

And finally our two mama cows gave birth to sweet new calves. Buttercream had an easy delivery to her 2nd calf, a healthy little girl. We named her Kitty!

And a new baby means we are back to milking every morning! 

Our sweet Rosie had a difficult and long labor and gave birth to her 1st calf, a deformed little boy! After a visit to the vet we were told little Quasimodo should get along just fine even with his funny hunchback on his neck. 

How I missed my quiet mornings in the barn under my cows!

But the workout after is pretty intense. The stainless steel milk bucket weighs 25lbs plus each gallon of milk weighs between 8-12lbs and we get an average of 2 gallons per cow. So with each cow you are lifting and balancing 50lbs to pour into 1/2 gallon jars without spilling!

The beauty of three days of healthy, farm fresh, non-GMO, grain free, raw milk from our two family cows!

Posted by Shannon