George and I spent today in Pierre assisting an elderly lady move out of her
apartment before it was flooded. No storage is available in Pierre at
present. A friend from Pierre donated his semi-trailer so this lady and another
person could store their furniture and household goods for FREE until the
flood waters resided. He is also using his tracked Skidster to help with the
Please pray for all the people along the Missouri River who are going to
suffer from the flooding.
The chicken house is now done on the inside and as soon as it is dry we’ll be stuccoing the outside and it is finished.
From scrap lumber, George made a mobile roost that you can raise up to clean
under easily. He also made all the nest boxes and experimented with size and
slight differences with each one to see what the chickens like best. I
think he did an awesome job. He has gained so many carpentry skills over the
years with ranch remodeling projects.
Presently, we are holding steady with half the does kidded and waiting for
the rest who are looking very preggo. We are almost done calving and cattle
are doing well.
For news on Pierre, SD check the Keloland website, people are very worried
that Ft. Pierre is going to be submerged- the Oahe is extremely full and
Belle Fourche is flooded.
We pray for everyone’s safety and the least amount of damage.
We just want the rain to stop to plant the garden, mow the grass and be able
to hay in a couple of weeks.
The first set of triplets are half Nubian and half Savanna. The second set
born tonight are fullblood Savanna. Ice Man , our buck is proving
to be a good one. Both Mom’s are easily nursing the triplets. They are so
cute! The barn is filled with Ma Ma.
We have kidded 6 does with a result of 14 kids. We have 14 more does to go.
We also had a calf with an earlier nursing problem get a rattlesnake bite-
George was quick with the Betamethasone and Recover injections and the calf
has been saved.
If the rain stops, the stucco man is coming next week to do new stuccoing of
the chicken coop and it is done. George made a roost that can be raised up
for easy cleaning. He is working on the nest boxes. He is creating the
ultimate deluxe chicken coop- the chickens will have to like their coop!
Just need the rain to slow down to get our garden planted.
Tonight, it was breath taking- the view of the ranch- the pictures don’t do
it justice. After a gentle rain- it was actually a double rainbow over the
ranch. I walked to the draw in the west hay field and still couldn’t get it
all in the camera lens. Also I didn’t know the pot of gold could be found
in the hay feeder- LOL.
Last night was a beautiful evening on the prairie. In the pasture, the
calves were having races going around Mama cows. Two weeks ago while we
were working on the chicken coop, we could see the prairie chickens dancing
at the crest of west alfalfa field. The wind carried their chortling and we
heard them easily. Most likely, the next pictures will be of baby goats- we
start kidding next week. The prairie is greening up and once again looking
like Ireland. The rhubarb is coming out of the ground and soon we will
plant the garden after the frost danger on the 15th.
Spring makes us feel lucky and glad to be alive to pursue our endeavors.
Here is the latest photos on the chicken coop- only things left to do is for
to wire it this weekend, have the stucco man stucco the outside, put
up wire across the windows, build the nest boxes and roost and then the
laying chicks will arrive. It turned out how George and I envisioned it.
Most of the cattle are calved out and doing well. We are getting prepared
for goat kidding next- they are staying close to the barnyard and look ready
to pop. The weather is finally turning nice.
Our neighbor was selected for our county to receive funding for another hoop house.
He lost the top of plastic during a wind storm last week so bought heavier
plastic- double layers and blows air between the layers. He has reinforced
it and it will stay up all year and we can buy good fresh produce after our
garden stops during the cold.
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