How it works

Today I spend the day Doing a bit of this and a bit of that … First, We took Wonder on his first outdoor adventure.

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I took time to set up the outside pen for Wonder while he played because Mom doesn’t want him running the whole yard yet. She says it is to big for him right now but in time he will get to play out there with no pen.

While Wonder and I played outside Mom cleaned out the pen. There have been a few questions about this pen and I hope I will answer all of them tonight. First, the pen is in the corner of the kitchen by the wood burning stove. It is built into the house but the mat and panels are removable. The mat is a rubber stall mat about an inch thick. This keeps the animals from having to be on concrete as Concrete is not only bad for their feet but it is hard for them to lay on.

To keep everything nice anc clean we have come up with a two part system. The first layer is of pine shavings to absorb any droppings and urine.

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The second part is a small bit of hay put over the shavings. This allows the animal to graze on it a bit just like in the natural and it keeps the shavings from getting on their coat. (Even animals that aren’t for fiber use need to keep clean and dry)

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So how much room and Stuff is needed to maintain that corner … Well, This much … It isn’t much but it is very important. We used to just use hay and found it wasn’t dry enough and them we tried just pine shavings but that wasn’t clean enough.

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I have to admit our system of cleaning it looks like of funny though… It takes a leaf rake and a snow shovel. Mom said if she could get some one to make her a tool that was a grabber with the rake and shovel she would buy about 10 of them. As for now we use it our way and then Mom sweeps the pen to get the last of the pine shavings. Afterwards she sets it all back up again. The walls are washed once a week at least but more if they need it.

As for the smell … most of the time it is okay and it smells of pine shavings and hay … but there are times that Mom cleans it alot because she can smell it. She used to use candles and melts to high the odor but the longer we have the pen the more Mom says the health of the animal is more important then the smell of her house.

Now I am off to bed … I have to be up and gone early to the Tulsa State Fair for a Roping!

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Super Savings …

Today was Saturday and with every Saturday comes my job. I know it isn’t much but I had to work the sale barn this morning. It was pouring down rain but Mom came down for a bit anyway. Which turned out to be a good thing.

You see we are short two water troths and we have been moving troths from pen to pen. If you remember Mom and I worked to “repurpose” those plastic barrels into feeders the other day. So she had set out to make some more water troths out of Plastic barrels as well. Why do we use plastic barrels? Well, that is simple. Money. A plastic barrel can be bought for about $10 bucks. A water troth will cost you about $40 and Feeders can run about $80. And to add to that you can turn a barrel into either a water troth or a feeder. However you have to purchase feeders for feeders and water troths for water troths. Mom managed to pick up two barrels that will be turned into water troths tomorrow.
We still have two barrels that are ready to become feeders so I will work on those at some point too. Then we should have all the feeders and waters we need.

After I got home from work I took time to ride Ice and do chores before we headed to the local Farm and Home Store. We managed to do a bit of shopping during their Moon light Madness sale. Mom picked up the PVC pipe that she will be using to make my temporary birthing hut down by the house. It won’t be huge but it will house the 16 foot panels that make up 5 birthing pens. I am kind of excited … If all goes well this hut will work like a green house and keep this years babies nice and warm … and it will be right out the back door and have a camera on it at all times. Talk about a short trip to the barn … LOL

The Wonder of it all

Today was interesting… First Mom got a calf in. I know ya’ll get tired of hearing about Mom and her adventures but let’s face I used to just put that We got a calf in but everyone would think that I was the one doing it all and think everything here is about me. So then I would have to post from time to time how the bottle baby farm is Mom’s and the fiber animals are mine and BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. Now I am just going to post who got what … LOL

Anyway, Mom got a little black bull calf today. She started him by giving solution under the skin to help his dehydration problem. Then I got to give him his shot of Vitamin to help him get some energy. Then “Wonder” as Mom is calling him has a bit of an issue. Okay, really it has two issues that she is working on. The first she is treating with an antibiotic. Yes, he has a bit of a cough. The second issue is one that Mom just has to teach him through. You see, he is blind… You can put your hand right up to his eye and he won’t move at all. Not a good thing for a calf who is being raised in a pasture with 100 other head, coyotes, dogs and anything else you can imagine.

So what does that mean to me?? Well, I get to help feed him. We are feeding every four hours until he get stronger. And to help build this strength His first feedings will be colostrum. It is better for him then bagged milk and after he has drank a gallon of it he will be put on Milk. The other thing that this means to me is that I have some pictures of the cute little guy to post here… Want to see??? LOL

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After we got him settled Mom drove Ice and I to the Vet. Ice got another set of health papers … This time for Dallas State Fair 4X4 Chute Out!! 10 days and I will be 16 but 12 days and I leave for Dallas … I am getting excited and so can’t wait

WIP Wednesday

Wednesday is here again … This last week Mom has worked on cleaning a bunch but she still found some time to work on her beading a bit. At this point she is teaching herself loom beading … Mom says at this point this is going to be either a hat band or a bracelet. Mom says when she knows what it is she will tell me … LOL.

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Mom also started a Hair Pick as she calls it… This one will be Red, White and Blue.

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Oh and we can’t forget spinning. Mom has been spinning something she picked up at a fiber festival It is a blend of Cormo and Targhee.

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Mom has also been working to wash up some of the 6 fibers that will be found in our Fiber round up Kits. We only have a few spots left so if you want on the list please let me know.

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As for me, I am working on a tie string… It started out to be for my uncle but I ended up giving him an orange one and three rope ones I made.

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Today if you bet Mom WAS going to make me help clean out the attic you would have been right. She is doing it in parts and we got about a fourth of the attic done. We did find a bunch of treasures. It was like Christmas LOL … only the presents were someone elses used stuff … LOL Mom keeps alot of stuff I never knew she kept. Like my Ice Skating bag, skates and record books ….

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She kept Mine and Sister’s first pair of boots…

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Our first cowboy hat … Sister passed her’s down to me so we both used this one … It is smashed now…

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Then come to find out I have been wearing “shades” most of my life … I had a blue and yellow dressy pair and My ELMO pair that I wore everyday …

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Not to mention she kept my first baseball glove … It was also Sister’s Hand me down as well.
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Oh and let us not forget all of our baby silverware and some feeders and bottles… I don’t know that there is anything my Mom didn’t save … We are only a quarter the way done … 😛

The temporary return

As most of you know thing don’t always go as planned around here. Well, Last night I blogged that today Mom said her and I would be Cleaning out the attic. After I posted that, Mom got a call from the New owner of Quapaw and Commanche. It seems that while she lives on the out skirts of town the City didn’t like her having sheep. So They had given her 24 hours to remove the sheep or they were going to take them.

Mom wasn’t about to let that happen. This morning after chores were done Mom and I traveled over an hour away and got them and brought them home. They will now stay here until the new owner can go to the city counsil meeting and get a waiver in place or a livestock permit. (Or whatever she has to do to allow her to have them) I guess it is like fighting city hall but until the fight is over Mom isn’t about to let anything happen to those two little guys. (Quapaw is one of her favorites you know??)

This after noon when we got home Mom and I spent some time just being out in the pen with them. We took the time to clean up after shearing. Because the fair had been going on we had left the shearing boards and bag of skirted fleece for the trash in the pen where we sheared. So this afternoon we moved that stuff and then took time to move feeders around and freshen the free range salt and mineral in all the pens.

We went along filling waters and doing odd jobs that we needed to get done. Mom and I even treated Angel’s hoof again and when we were done with her hooves, Mom called our horse shoer. Angel still has a crack that Mom isn’t pleased with and we put shoes on her front feet to help them last time Rocky came down. However, the crack isn’t healing up as we think it should. Mom had hoped to see some growth without the crack by the time it came time to reshoe her. However, it hasn’t happened so far so when Rocky comes down to shoe the horses this next time he will pull yet another trick out of his sleeve. That should happen sometime next week as he will be down to get Ice ready for Dallas.

The rest of the day Mom and I picked up a bit but we just never got around to cleaning out the attic. Which is fine by Me … any bets on wheather or not she makes me do it tomorrow???

Fiber-a-holics are your ready???

Today Mom had me working to clean this up … Since she isn’t working outside our home she is working to get our home under control. Let me tell you it is harder work them most jobs because Dad and I hord everything. Today Mom worked on her book shelves and mine. The shelves in the fiber room aren’t done because Mom is going to either get Clear plastic bags or clear totes to put all the fleece in. For now it is just a bagged up wall of Fleece …

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My shelves on the other hand look Awesome … I can’t wait to get other parts of my room that clean … No not all at once but soon.

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When we got done with that Mom and I worked on an idea we have had. It will be my first “club” type Item that we will offer. I am calling it Fiber Round up. It is very affordable and we are working to get the fiber ready. For 15 bucks (that is shipping included) you will get a one time shipment of 6 half ounce “rounds” of prepared fleece from different animals that live right here on the farm and information on each “round” such as breed and name of each animal. It will all be different breeds if we have our way but some might get one repeat breed but the two “rounds” will be different colores. We also have some nice surprize extras planned as well.

The Fleece is all so soft and you can spin them separate or you can spin them together. While they will be ready to spin you could also make a batt out of them or prep them your own way. This will also be the first product to include our designer QT sheep fleece. Some Fleece will be natural colored and some will not. However, all fleece will be from our own animals.

Yup, we have a plan and as soon as Mom gets the first one ready we will be in business. In the mean time if you are interested Let us know either by Posting a comment here or dropping me a line on any one of the social media such as Facebook, plurk, twitter, ravelry … You get the picture… Remember to mention “Fiber Round Up” in your message so we can get you on the list!