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They’re breeding like…ducks?!

They’re breeding like…ducks?!

When Kitty set her clutch in January, I thought she was a bit off her rocker... But I rolled with it and let her do her thing, trusting her instincts over my human worry. When she hatched out nine of 15 eggs I thought that seemed about right given the temperature fluctuations and such, but what do I know? As…
Shown, Unshown – Marching into April 2017

Shown, Unshown – Marching into April 2017

I want to start off this post by thanking each and every one of you for your thoughts, prayers, and well wishes (whether spoken or left unspoken) as we've processed our losses. Your care, compassion, and intentions for us are all so deeply appreciated. I realize that the last couple of posts here have highlighted the grief we have experienced…
Disbudding Day

Disbudding Day

It truly was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. I'm not sure there are sufficient or appropriate words for today and there are no photos of the process. Necessary? Yes. Something we got through because we had to? Yes. Terrifying/stressful/heartbreaking? Absolutely. I did my best to soothe each baby, with it's tiny head in my hands, with my…
You’ve got to be kidding me!

You’ve got to be kidding me!

Oh boy! Do I have a story to tell you!!! It's quite long, a full three chapters, so sit back, get comfy, and enjoy the ride :-) Spoiler Alert: It's mostly about baby goats, but there are a couple of other pieces of today's puzzle I'd like to share, too. 1 - Mama Delivered!!! Late last night, just as Kim,…
New Life

New Life

The ducklings had their first peek at sunshine today! Not only is Kitty giving them just a bit more breathing room, but she actually got off her clutch for a few minutes! Of course, I didn't have my camera on me when that happened, but it was glorious none-the-less! The sweet little fluff balls are starting to push out from…
Ducklings!

Ducklings!

Mama Mello might still be holding those kids of hers hostage, but Kitty has "delivered" her ducklings to us right on time! Today marks day 35 since Kitty sat on her clutch, and in perfect form, all those ducklings she's been caring for so diligently began hatching early this morning! Now, she's guarding them well, holding them close under her warm belly…
Apple Tree Bird

Apple Tree Bird

Yes this post could also be called: Melissa Really Needs to Work on Her Identification Skills ;-) Regardless of my challenges, I am so happy to have finally captured a photo (two!) of this lovey bird!  Bouncing from branch to branch, calling out it's sweet song for well over a month now, I have tried without success to capture a…