We brought home our new little jennet last night. Her name is Guinevere, we call her Guinnie. She is very sweet and LOVES humans. She is still adjusting to our dogs, cats, and chickens (she chases them) and seems to like the goats. We put her in with Topper for awhile last night and they ate together. Brandon is working with her more today, so she can get more comfortable.
I haven't blogged in quite awhile, so I thought I had better give some updates as to happenings on the farm. Last week, Cleveland and Beyonce had 8 kits, and within 48 hours they had all died. Beyonce is just not making enough milk to sustain her babies, so we took her and Cleveland out of their cages and let them go in the pasture. They are now two rabbits who are free to roam!! They have both been seen nearly every day running around and hiding under a big brush pile. They are busy making a new house, and they look very happy, and we figure that if they do, not if...WHEN they do have more babies that they might have the best chance of survival out in the wild. The dismantling of our rabbitry has freed up some space in the barn, and we are looking at the best ways to utilize it.
We finished Topper's house and fenced in a 10' X 84' area for him to live in. He seems really happy out there, but I think he is a little bit lonely, so we are looking for a buddy for him to play with. Brandon is on a trip to Huntington right now to look at a mini donkey! =)
We had one puppy left to give away, but after noone asked about her for several days, we decided to keep her. (She was my favorite anyways!) And so now our canine friends are Tonka (Staffordshire Terrier), Lily (Shih-tzu), and two of Lily's pups who we have named Bella and Stella.
This week has been slow on the farm, since we have had RAIN every single day. Even the goats want to stay inside where it's dry. Hopefully, it will stop raining soon!! I know that I really need to take some new pics and post them. Will do so soon!
This weekend, we took Precious, Tator Tot and Trixie to the Hoosier Fall Classic at the Wells County Fairgrounds in Bluffton. We had a great time, met some really nice people, and picked up some second places. Tator Tot received 3 second places (of 7 entries) and Trixie got a 2nd of 8 entries. The little doe stood first to Tator took Reserve Champion Junior Doe. We are so proud of our little does, and we can't wait until they grow up a little more and refine their styles. Now we have to find the next goat show. I'm addicted! We are thinking about going to the NDGA Nationals in Louisiana this November! Brandon has always wanted to take me to Louisiana, and this might be our chance!
Today, I am going to list the Shweenie puppies on Craigslist, thus starting my official campaign to find homes for them. If you want one, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be 8 weeks old this Thursday. They are absolutely adorable, and very healthy. They have all been eating puppy chow for several weeks now. They have all had their first shots, and have been dewormed. They are ready to go to their forever homes.
1 male and 2 females still available.
Twin Willows is gearing up for our SECOND goat show this year! The NDGA is hosting a show this weekend at the Wells County Fairgrounds in Bluffton, Indiana. We are very familiar with this venue, since Brandon's children show their 4H steers in Wells County. There will be four shows over Saturday and Sunday. We are taking Lady Tator again, and also Trixie is going to make her show debut! We are so excited to take Trixie to her first show AND WE FINALLY GOT HER TO LEAD...so that will help tremendously! We look forward to both does doing extremely well in the ring. Tator already has two first place wins under her belt, so hopefully she will show us what she's got again! We will be giving haircuts and trimming hooves the rest of the week, and gearing up to have a great time! We will also be taking our new banner with us =)
Update 09/09/11-- We've decided we are also going to take Precious and enter her as a dry doe this weekend.
Shweenie (Shih-tzu/Dachshund) pups, born July 21, 2011. First shots, dewormed, flea and parasite free. VERY healthy pups. Weaned and eating puppy chow. $100 adoption fee. TO GOOD, LOVING HOMES ONLY!!! First come first served. Contact me at email@example.com for appointment.
How to Get Started Raising Goats
by Erica Hopkins