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This Week on the Farm

This week on the farm, we got some eggs from the button quails, and oh my, they are so tiny. The quail we had before were jumbo, so these eggs were shockingly small. McCormick was so excited we boiled the egg; she thought it was the best egg ever.

We still are prepping for winter; Michael cut a hay door into the front of the barn. There is a door in the back, but that doesn’t help. He got a bale elevator at an auction, and we will try and get them all up in the hay loft. I am not sure when it was last used, but we have been cleaning up there. What a mess pigeon makes in a barn. Our cats have been having fun up there when us trying to catch them. Still, no udder changes on Bessie, but if the girl gets much wider, she may tip over. But she is loving all her hay and just chilling. She is the sweetest girl, and getting her was one of the best choices we have ever made. We have had other cows, but she is the first calf we have started with, from bottle baby to motherhood. I have worked with her on having her udder touched, lifting her hooves, and more. She leads well and comes to her name. We sure are looking forward to this long-awaited step with her, and I hope milking her will be a better experience than our past milking cow experiences. I will already have gotten my new milking goats when you read this. I am so excited to say I hit the jackpot on alpine goats. In a group on Facebook, a lady was selling her alpine-bred females. I just so happen to be looking for the perfect alpine herd to bring into our goat herd. We both got what we wanted, she wanted her girls to go together, and I wanted to get a great deal on a big group of girls. So, we welcome seven new girls, and six bred and one almost a year old. They are due to start kidding in January. This was many prays answered for us. Any females born from these six females we can keep if we choose to, as they will not be related to my Buck, so he could breed them and their moms when ready.

We went to Grandma Linda’s this week, cleaned up her tomato patch, and brought home the lines and any tomatoes left on the vines. But, of course, the goats, pigs, and chickens were happy to get a different treat. The dogs even stole a few of the tomatoes. It was fun to watch them all go crazy over the plants.

The pups we are fostering are doing great and can now climb out of the swimming pool. So we are getting them moved into a pen, and they are so fun to watch. Thankfully we are now at feeding every 6-8 hours, which is better than every 3-4. This has been such a rewarding thing to do, and we have loved it. They will be able to go to their fur-ever families the last weekend in November. So we are lucky to get to love on them for a while more. Our contact info is www.bootsandhoovesacres.com. Julia Pugh 701-228-4425. Find us on FB, IG & Tiktok & our YouTube channel.


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