Category Archives: Annie

Summer Time

The sheep have been enjoying moving from pasture to pasture this spring and summer – mostly with the help of my new electric net fencing I got from Premier 1 Supplies.  I am really loving having that fencing so that I can rotate the sheep, and keep them safe from coyotes.

ImageJust recently, however, I’ve moved the fence to allow a much larger grazing area.  I’m careful to bring them in every night though as there is a lot of wild rose bushes – which makes for great forage, but also great hiding for predators.

ImageThe sheep are not alone either – they’ve got six male llamas for company and some sort of protection.  The llamas are owned by a friend of ours who uses them for packing.  They are certainly not touted as “guard llamas” but I’ve noticed a tendency in a couple of them.  I also know that in hanging out with the sheep, they’re also protecting themselves and would inadvertantly protect the sheep.

ImageFor the most part, the sheep are doing really well out on the grasses and bushes.  There’s also lots of blackberries and willows that are good for the sheep as well.  It is interesting to watch and see what the sheep crave each day.

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Speaking of quickly moving days — this little girl is turning 5 on Sunday!  Wow, where did the time go?  I started this blog a few short months after she entered my life because I was craving real human interaction (even over the computer was satisfying!), now I’m over-loaded on the interaction.  I wouldn’t trade her for anything though.  And she loves checking on the sheep as much as I do – running up and down their paths.  Country Girl, says it all.

Hope you’re having a lovely summer too!

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Goose! Goose!

I was raised with geese as a child, my mom always had them and a few ducks.  I liked the ducks way more than the geese, they didn’t beat me up.  Even as an adult I like to photograph Canadian Geese but if they’re in a park and the path happens to go through their flock, I go way around.  I know what the pinch from a goose can feel like, and much more, DO to you.  They can deliver a blood blister like no one’s business and then come back at ya.  In my head and heart, I alway swore I’d never own geese in my adult life – well, never say never.

I have been researching self-sufficiency and gardening quite a bit and have seen many mentions of “weeder geese.”  I researched that a little more and it seemed like the perfect compliment to a farm and especially a large garden.  I knew that geese were vegetarian and also knew that they were very personable (just never to this person) and smart.  So I set out to order FOUR geese and found that my minimum requirement from the hatchery was eight.  EIGHT!  Ack!  I was on the phone with Hubby when I read this on the website and he says, “Well just get eight then.”  Excuse me?  Could you put my husband back on the phone?  What have you done with him?  So I ordered eight, and they arrived last Wednesday.  Annie and I have been completely involved with snuggling with little goslings now (and yes, she’ll correct you if you call them anything other than goslings.)

We had an unfortunate tragedy and are now down to seven.  We lost a little goose we had named “Minnie May” and since she was the smallest and the frailest, I had thought that it was possible we would lose her.  Annie found her, unfortunately, and had large tears – she has become the ultimate Goose Girl.  To see her with them, I am grateful my heart changed to accept geese back in to my life.  Of course, I can say that now while they’re small – we’ll see how it goes when they’re big.

Of course, who can resist such fuzziness anyway?  We’re just full of peeps and giggles here at Mud Ranch.