Happiest 3rd birthday to Doshin Aurora! This little lady is a powerhouse and our best milker. She was skittish when we first got her as a kid. Though, it wasn't long before she came around to wanting scratches and cookies. Aurora is a super long girl. Which she passed on to her daughter, TinyHineyFarmNY S LadyInWhite. Cannot wait to see what this years kidding comes from the repeat breeding of Aurora with Silver.
Aurora is always ready to pose for the camera. Spending time in the barn and catching them doing silly goat things makes the days more colorful. Last kidding Aurora had her first freshening and blessed us with triplets, 2 doelings and a buckling. They were beautiful silver kids. We retained one and sold two. Cannot wait to see how they grow.
This guy right here is Viridis Montis Fatale Rogue's half brother. We were trying to decide between him and another buckling. I thought it was Silver the deposit was put onto. Ummm no such luck. However, there are no mistakes, just happy accidents. He is definitely a happy accident. We ended up purchasing both of them to add to our little herd. Viridis Montis Silver Surfer is quite the ham. He is easy to handle, calm, and friendly. Just might have to say he is our favorite buck. Shhhhh! Don't tell the others.
Last breeding season, Silver proved himself with his first kids on the ground. He had five does to cover, Daze, Snowbell, Aurora, Lapis, and Vixen. All took and were confirmed pregnant. Unfortunately, Snowbell ended up reabsorbing her kids with a stalled pregnancy. The other does gave us ten healthy kids from this breeding. There was a lot of silver and gold. Many of them with blue eyes. We are waiting to see what this boy gives us this year. Special scratches today for him.
This year we ordered some new chicks from Tractor Supply Center and they were delivered nice and healthy from Hoover's Hatchery. Between, great customer service as the Light Brahmas were not going to be ready to ship with the barred rocks. They reached out and asked us if we wanted to wait for them to come together. Of course we did just to keep the chicks at the same age and size.
Here on the farm we keep only a few different types of chickens. It was going to be Light Brahmas, Dark Cornishes, and Buff Orpingtons. Unfortunately, our pup Umma Lumma, has a thing for chicken and the number of Dark Cornishes have dwindled. To make things a little easier in our hectic, busy life we are only doing two breeds. After careful discussion we decided to switch out the orpingtons for the barred rocks.
*Dual Purpose Meat/Eggs
*Large, Brown or Light Brown Eggs
*About 280 eggs a year
*Easy to sex at hatching
*Not normally broody
Out of the ten barred rock chicks that we received, we have 4 that are pullets, 4 that are definitely cockerels, and 2 that could go either way. As the weeks go by we are excited to see how close we were to being correct. Plus, we just added 8 blue barred rock pullets to our barred flock. Looking forward to chicks for next spring 2021.
Have you ordered or brought chicks this year? What type are your all time favorite? Do you raise your own or let the hens go broody? We would love to hear from you on how you handle your flock. Blessings from us to you.
Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday dear Viridis Montis Fatale Rogue!.... We cannot believe that you are three years old today. It doesn't seem that long ago when I made a major flubber with were I was supposed to be and what buckling we put the deposit down on. Let's just call this a happy mistake.
She is always ready to have some goaty antics planned for fun. Loves her crackers and tea isn't bad either. Have to say that Rogue was not impressed with the tutu by any means.
Last year was her first freshening as a two year old. She blessed us with triplets, two does and a buck. Each one flashy and gorgeous. The first one born is Kitty a little doeling we have retained. She is so mischievous. Now we wait for the next kids to arrive from this gorgeous doe. Enjoy your day beautiful girl.
"Home is where the heart likes to dwell. Where the mind wants to dance. Where the air is always pleasant, and love is always abundant."
This is now the start of the hard part of raising animals. The part where they move on to their new homes and we must say until later. Goodbye is too final and we would love seeing updates and hopefully production from all our kids in their new herds.
TinyHineyFarmNY C KingsLanding went to his new home on Moran Family Homestead. Josiane Moran is super sweet. She spends a lot of time with her goats along side her husband. They go on walks with them twice a day for the girls and twice a day for the boys. Have to admit that I am a little jealous of the beautiful and peaceful haven King is heading off to. Tempted to go for a ride with him.
The best thing is Josiane let us know that she was more than willing to share photographs and updates. (Which she has already done and they are so cute.) King or MunchKing as she fondly calls him, is enjoying his new friends. This boy has the sweet life ahead of him. Not to mention she has some amazing does to boot.
Now to just get ready for the next kids that are coming in the very near future. Enjoy the below picture of King with his new momma. Blessing be to you and yours.
"I have a huge belief in the importance of bees, not just for their honey, which is a healing and delicious food, but the necessity of bee colonies that are vital to the health of the planet."
Since we only had one hive left of our hives that we wintered, it was time to add more bees to our apiary. We like to help the environment where can and we love HONEY! It is great for our allergies and quite a few of us have them. Now where to get the bees from? That is a good question. We have traveled up towards Plattsburgh for bees and all the way near Binghamton for nucks and packages.
There was an ad on Marketplace that showed someone local had bees for sell. They were running an amazing deal. Buy a package and get an extra queen for $150.00. This allows you to create two hives out of one. What not to like on this deal? Packages are normally $135 to $150 by themselves. Hawkshaw Meadworks offers apiary supplies, honey bees, honey, and more.
The day has to be nice to introduce the colony to their new hive. They don't like it windy or rainy. It needs to be warm because they don't like it too cold. Guess when you work as hard as a bee then you have the right to be picky. These images don't capture how massively impressive a colony of bonded bees is.
During this process, Donald learned that his hive was getting ready to split. Good thing her worked them when he did. He removed some brood from our established hive and put it with the hive with less bees in it. The queen for the one was found in her hive and the other queen was still in the cage but put in the hive to have them help her out. Both will be marked on the next inspection.
Donald's suit is hot. Maybe they should be made of some white summer material, too. He didn't get in to his existing hive for inspection but did see the activity of the queen there. A extensive inspection will be done later. We really enjoy our little bee friends. The little ones are not scared of them. They call them their friends. It normally goes something like "I see you there, my friend." Appreciating nature and working on our small part to bring up the bee population.
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
Back in November 2018 we purchased a sweet first time freshener, Shailey Hill Jude's Luna and her twin doelings. They all settled into our herd nicely. Luna is a sweetheart. Her girls are absolutely adorable. On top of getting home we couldn't settle on a name for either of the girls. They were referred to as "Wattles 1" and "Wattles 2", just as if you were reading The Cat and the Hat by Dr. Seuss.
Finally, after owning them for awhile the girls have names that are their own and that fit each of them perfectly. Tiny Hiney Farm is proud to present Red Maple's DL Bianca and Red Maple's DL Darby's Girl.
Red Maple's DL Bianca
Red Maple's DL Bianca is the one that we referred to as "Waddles 1". This is due to the fact that she only has one waddle. Doesn't seem to cause any sort of off balances. (See last photo for her crazy capers.) Bianca as she is known in the barn is from a search for celestial style names to go with her dam's, Luna. She is a gold pinto for her coloring. This girl is solid. If you see Garnet and Bianca together (which you will in the last picture), they are pretty much the same size. Even though the twins were born in July and Garnet is a little over a year old. Bianca is curious and a nosy little thing.
Red Maple's DL Darby's Girl
Red Maple's DL Darby's Girl, is the little darling we referred to as "Waddles 2". The reason being... You guessed it! She has two waddles. Our family was still trying to come up with a name for her when we got news of their sire crossing the Rainbow Bridge. Has it all SD Darby Saffron *S was an amazing buck and lived a nice long life. He made some very beautiful babies. In honor of this handsome boy, our little girl got her name. In the barn, our family lovingly calls her Girlie. She is dainty and quiet. Girlie is a red/gold pinto with two waddles.
Bianca and Garnet
Adding some more gold into our herd was a great decision. In genetics, gold comes through a lot of the other colors. Future breeding pairs will make some nice looking kids with great milking genetics. Pretty and flashy is nice but is a bonus over top of milk production.
Bianca is great friends with Garnet. These two get themselves into all kinds of crazy antics. There is never a dull moment in the barn. Both of them know they are not to be in the hay feeder. Both of them look like they are saying to me, "I am not doing anything mom. It wasn't us. Girlie did it!" That face on Garnet is priceless.
Coming up with names for goats can be more challenging than you would think. There are many different ways to name them. Classic and easy or fun and themed just to name a couple. We are still working that out for ourselves. If you know of a cute barn name for Bianca, please leave a comment. Also how do you name your goats?
"Love is not love, without a violin playing goat."
These three little men are stealing our hearts away fast! How cute are they? We might have been a little bummed that there were three boys. However, there are three healthy boys. Each one of them turned out to be a different coloring or pattern.
Now we know you must be excited to meet them. Below is each one separately with a description of their features. Truly wish that we had a little entrance music to make it more festive. Without further ado, please welcome L1, L2, and L3.
Tiny Hiney Farm L1
Tiny Hiney Farm L1 is a handsome gold with minimal white and brown eyes. He has some lovely yellowing from the iodine spray. This guy is a big boy and sturdy. Quite a bit heavier than his two brothers. Dad has moon spots. Maybe some will pop up as he grows. He will be disbudded shortly. Our family is retaining this buckling to be one of our farm's future herd sires.
Tiny Hiney Farm L2
Tiny Hiney Farm L2 is a nice buckskin. As soon as his head was cleared he was a yelling. Love his cute funky mohawk of a white poll. There are frosted ears and a muzzle that is completely kissable. Of course only for the time being because he is going to get stinky really fast. While holding and giving out some daily cuddles, I noticed that he has moonspots. YES! That is such a nice surprise. His eyes are a lovely brown. Disbudding is being done in a couple of days. This boy would add some wonderful milking lines to your herd.
Tiny Hiney Farm L3
Tiny Hiney Farm L3 is a solid white with a brown spot on his left front leg. Sporting dreamy brown eyes and a sense of curiosity. Please don't mind the iodine stain. Seems I might have got a little over excited to use the spray bottle with it. That was easy and almost not messy. Except one of the boys when it hit their tummy it bounced right back on my face. I was a little spotted. The little guy will be disbudded in just a couple of days. If you are looking for a new herd sire and a white stud at that. This is your boy.
Our family and farm are both very proud of this breeding pair. We are exited to see them grow over the next few weeks. Not to mention getting our baby cuddles in before they go to their new homes. If you would like any information on these boys, please leave a comment or contact us. We would be more than happy to answer any questions.
Have a blessed day! ~The Doerr's~
“But...that doesn't make any sense...!'
'It does if you're a goat.”
~ Linda Medley, Castle Waiting, Vol. 2
The next morning we did BOSE shots. Joanna had said it would be okay to let them wait a day. Each boy got a dose of BOSE and you would have thought we were killing them. Oh how they cried! Which made momma pace back and forth quite a bit. Siggie checked everyone of them over after they got their shots. Each buckling got it's own sticker for being good sports along with snuggles.
Donald with Tiny Hiney Farm L1 trying to suckle.
Tiny Hiney Farm L3 getting his snuggles.
Tiny Hiney Farm L2 after his BOSE.
More Eskimo Kisses. Guess it is what you do with baby goats. (L2)
Now that this part is done, we get to gear up for CDT shots. Oye! Not looking forward to that one either or disbudding. Baby steps and learning along away. We got this! Now if someone can tell us how long iodine stays on white fur?
A creative mind is never tidy.
When the little tykes came into the world, Mother Nature was playing games with us. The weather was just cold and gloomy. Super windy and rainy. Of course they can never or almost never kid when it is sun shining and warm.
We have a few small dog sweaters. Which of course we couldn't find right when we needed them. It was time to improvise. A few of Donald's socks and a pair of scissors would do the trick. Snipped off the toes, the tube end, and made little leg holes.
Hurray! We have little sock sweaters. They are not any where close to being perfect but they are effective. The boys were warm along with the heating lamp. These will only be on for a couple days. Very happy to have created something that worked.
Tiny Hiney Farm L3 & L2 sporting their jackets.
Tiny Hiney Farm L3
Sophie with all 3 boys, L1 & L3 in front.
These little guys are rocking their muscle sport sweaters. Soon enough they will be headbutting and jumping around. Our family will be found in the pen getting all the snuggles we can.
*Found sweaters later and they are way to big. Nigerian Dwarfs are small.