Tuesday, July 12, 2016

and the donkey farm begins...

The newest member of the pasture!
He's not sure if he's comfortable here yet. 

He needs a good brushing
but he won't stand still enough for the whole thing yet. 

Angel just paces. 
She isn't happy with Loki right now. 
She wants a boyfriend! ;)

Monday, July 4, 2016

a day of sadness

Cookie passed away in the night. She looked like she just fell asleep for good. Poor momma Angel is running all over, knowing she has lost something.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The vet hospital

On June 12 the two donkeys I bought arrived on the farm - a jenny and her 1 1/2 week old baby girl! I named the baby Cookie, because she is so sweet, and the mama Angel. My neighbor has two full size donkey females and just got a mini (really mini!) 7 month old full male donkey. He's not even full grown but he wants us to know he is a stallion and ready to mate 'cause he brays all the time! Also, he is enthralled with my new donkey girl. He follows her along the fence line and cries piteously when she walks away from the fence. His name is Charlie - thus her name Charlie's Angel ;)

They were here less than a week when I started to suspect Cookie was not doing well. It was a killer hot week, usually into the 90's all day, without a drop of rain. Long story short after a frustrating day trying to find a horse doctor that would call me back, I ended up driving her to UT Veterinary Hospital on Sunday night. My son rode in the back of the pickup with her head in his lap and my neighbor stuck around my place for a little to make sure Angel didn't bust through the fence after us. That was June 19. The on call vet that night said she probably wouldn't have lasted the night. They put her on IV fluids and tested her blood with just a very basic panel - super high liver enzymes, really low pH, and electrolytes all out of whack. The next morning she was still alive so they asked if I could bring Angel in. She really needed to be nursed! Poor girl, her baby taken away and her udder tight with milk! I tried to milk her some but holy cow her milk comes out in tiny amounts! No way could I milk her dry.

By today, June 22, her electrolytes are about normal, pH is normal, liver enzymes are almost back down to normal. She still looks ghastly, not moving much but she will dart over to mom for nursing when she is unhooked from the IV and put in Angel's adjoining stall. Once she is back in her own area, though, she mostly just stands, staring at nothing, or lies down to nap, I guess.

I'm still deciding how much money (credit card)  I will spend on this almost -free (HA!) donkey, but I do feel she deserves a chance. I couldn't just let her lie there and die....

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Chick growth by the week

I figured the chicks were probably born some time April 4, spent April 5 in transit, then arrived at my post office branch at 3:30 a.m. April 6. The first week I kept them in two Rubbermaid-type totes with wood shavings topped by some newspaper. The larger babies were quickly kind of squished in that so an emergency project was called for.

Week one:

I fabricated a 33-inch by 4-foot (sort of) cardboard box with duct tape that didn't actually stick to the cardboard very well. The box will probably fall apart quickly but at least for the time being, they were contained safely as we worked on the new chicken baby enclosure in one of the haylofts out in the barn. 

Week two and the homemade box:  


End of Week four:


Goldie has yellow feathers on her legs - I don't know what breed she is. This must be the "free, exotic chick" included in my hatchery order LOL!


this one with the pompadour is Elvis!



Weeks 5 or 6, something like that:

The move out to the new coop shed! 

Finally, pix from today, May 24 - almost 2 months old:  

Monday, April 18, 2016

Food Frenzy

I gave the babies some sunflower microgreens, thinking their instincts would kick in because the stems resemble worms. It was hilarious! They grabbed the green but then didn't know quite what to do with them, so they ran around the box trying to keep the others from getting what they had! Crazy birds!


Also, more individual baby pix (sort of?). This is one of the Dark Cornish - I think. (the one in the front that is fully pictured). Cheetah and Leopard - although neither of them are very bold.

The silver gray dorkings I took a couple pictures of, none really demonstrate the cute black triangle on her head. Celeste and Hermione. 

Still need to get pix of Big Bertha and Beyonce, the Partridge Rocks. They are also not very brave, even though they are big!

And a curious cute yellow baby again just for fun! Except it turns out I don't have 3 buff Orphingtons - one of them is developing feathers on her feet, so I have no idea what she is. How exciting!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


The yellow lady in the middle is a buff Orphington. It seems I have 3 of them, so how about Honey, Nectar, and Pollen?

There are 2 golden polish with the funny topknot, I can't wait to see what they look like when they are grown LOL! Anna and Elvis ;)

There are 6 black Australorps! Supposed to be good layers AND good meat birds, so if I decide 19 new hens is too much, then at 12 weeks I might freeze some fresh chicken. Urgh. 

There are 2 of these white-faced bigguns - light Brahmas. They are supposed to mostly white when full grown, with a few black markings and FEATHERS ON THEIR FEET! how awesome is that! Frosty and Snowman is what I call these two.

Not yet pictured:  Silver gray Dorkings (2), dark Cornish (2), and Partridge Rocks (2).