Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Hens and Hannah

Hens

Our chicken flock has been dwindling over time, due mostly to them just getting sick or dying, or getting crittered; and so we've been looking to find some adult hens or were planning on buying some chicks to get raising while it's still Summer hot here, since the chicks would not have feathers yet and would hopefully be able to make it without special heating. But, the Lord granted we find someone from the local town selling her hens for a fairly good price; and we jumped on it.

We ended up with a Buffy (Buff Orpington), a Rhode Island Red, two Game Hens, and a chick that one of the game hens was raising. Before we had a kennel for the dogs, we had kept them in our chicken pen area, which was our staging area for chickens we would raise that were too large for the chicken mini tractor but too young to be with the main flock. Sadly, the dogs had pretty much torn up the fencing; but I was able to add some chicken wire and do a little repair work and get it at least workable for the new chickens:

New Laying Hens Summer 2010
New Game Hen and Chick Summer 2010


Soon we hope to start putting them in with the main flock at night so that the main chicken tractor will become their home.


Hannah

We've also been looking to sell most of our goat bucks; and in someone responding to our ad about them, initially wanted to trade a buck of theirs for one of ours, as I had also indicated in the ad that I was willing to do so for our outbreeding purposes. Well, by the time we communicated further about it, they had sold all of their bucks. But I thought, maybe they have a dairy doe they would trade one or more of our bucks for; and so I asked; and they were indeed willing to trade their supposedly pregnant Lamancha-Saanen doe for our pure Nubian buck Donny.

Here is the link to the blog post we did on Donny when he was first born.

And here he is now:

Pure Nubian Goat Buck Donny


And here is our new doe Hannah. I'm pretty sure they disbudded the horns; and Lamanchas have the tiny ears, although hers are really small:

New Lamancha-Saanen Goat Doe Hannah


We thank God for His provisions of the new chickens and goat, and pray He grant them to serve their purposes here in bringing forth sustenance.

-- David

4 comments:

TEAM HALL said...

Ohhhhh David, please don't take this the wrong way....but Hannah is so funny looking - that she's cute! hehe
Are you sure she wasn't born in Roswell, New Mexico?

Please keep posting...I love your blog!! Now, I'm going back to have another look at that earless goat! hehehe
Cath

David and Susan Sifford said...

Hi Cath,

I understand...she does look strange. :) But, she's a pretty friendly goat too, and apparently produces quite a bit of milk, which we look forward to, Lord willing.

Thanks for saying hi.

-- David

Ryan Powers said...

Hello Siffords.

The best milking goat we have had was a Lamancha/Alpine cross. The stonger the Lamancha gene, the less ears they have. A pure Lamancha will have no ears at all. We also had one of those, and they certainly look strange! I hope Hannah does well for your needs. Ours gave the best quality milk I have ever tasted.

Ryan

David and Susan Sifford said...

Hi Ryan,

Thanks for saying hi and for the goat/Lamancha info. And thank you for the good-hopes too.

-- David