Wednesday, February 15, 2012

around the farmyard

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Blogger daisy g said...


February 15, 2012 at 8:14 AM  
Blogger Tealah said...

I can't get over how dignified your geese always look. You would think that with their body shape and long necks geese would just look ridiculous, but they certainly do pull it off, haha. Which goose is that, by the way? The male or the female? And how is Littlest Goose doing?

February 15, 2012 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

That's Saro, our mama. Little ryan is doing well, and almost as big as his folks! My hands-off approach to him worked great.

My geese always look like they know they are better than anyone else, human or otherwise.

February 15, 2012 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

They look good. Real good.

February 15, 2012 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

Beautiful sheep. And goose too. How are the FR chicks doing so far? Any recent pics of them? I am going to be getting some soon.

February 15, 2012 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger katiegirl said...

I love the pic of Joseph. I've got a few natural colored sheep and I am starting to love them just as much as my white ones.

February 15, 2012 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger bookkm said...

I want a farm, too!!! And cute animals. Oh wait, they aren't potty trained.... Must think again.

February 15, 2012 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger Ngo Family Farm said...

Oh, that wool!! Yes, please. ;) And Saro is lovely as always.

February 15, 2012 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger Tealah said...

Seeing your geese always make me want to get a pair myself, but with a four year old son and another on the way I have to consider very carefully the kind of animals I get. I was very, VERY lucky with my Welsummer rooster (never once has he attacked my boy or threatened him at all) but I may not be so lucky with geese.

And of course the friendliest of the goose breeds are always sold out of the hatcheries when I have the money to order them!

February 15, 2012 at 11:15 AM  
Blogger Taryn Kae Wilson said...

I can practically smell the wool!! mmm!! one of my favorite smells in the world!

Gorgeous pictures.

February 15, 2012 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Oh yes, one track mind...mmmm...Black wool...mmmm....white wool. I'm incurable!

February 15, 2012 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger beccaWA said...

Just love those wooly-faced white sheep!!!

February 15, 2012 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

The top picture kinda looks like my ex-wife...sorta cute but with an attitude in the eyes.

February 15, 2012 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger hlbrack said...

Love the pictures!!

February 15, 2012 at 4:01 PM  
Blogger wooden wonders said...


I was wondering, do you think it would be easier to start with sheep or goats? Also where do you order your chickens from. Last year I just got mine from our local supply store, but this year I want to add variety to my flock.



February 15, 2012 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

I think sheep are easier, but man are goats wonderful. It depends on your fencing situation, really. It is easier to fence in sheep, for certain.

depends on the birds, for layers I use Mt. Healthy because it is so close. Murray mcMurray is great too, and close. My pet Chicken has a great variety of breeds and ships small (like 3!) at a time.

February 15, 2012 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger wooden wonders said...

Thanks Jenna,

I will keep that in mind, I do have fencing areas for both sheep and goats.

Do you know of any places I could get them from possible in or near North Dakota?

February 15, 2012 at 6:44 PM  
Blogger pawsfurme said...

Is that hairball Sal?? Jeez what a mop!

Wooden wonders - I'm quite partial to Nigerian Dwarf goats (as I have several) :) They're much easier to keep than standard size goats. 1)they don't jump as high (mine have never even tried), 2) they're less expensive to feed, 3) they give more milk for their size, 4) they come in ALL colors!! Oh...and they don't knock you over if they put their feet on you. :)
Can't help you with whether sheep or goats are easier, but Nigerians sure are awesome!!

February 15, 2012 at 8:28 PM  
Blogger DebH said...

Yeesch...spent a small amount of time reading some of the comments yesterday. Not sure why a person wants to reflect on what others think or offer, but obviously they are more knowledgeable about your life?? I put my blog out there for my own diary and my legacy as to what I do in MY life. I enjoy the positive moves you make in your life and I like it when your moving on with it!! No, I love it when your moving forward! Its hard to take nasty comments from strange and thoughtless people, so don't! There's always going to be those, its just the way it blows. I've got the same squabbles that go on out in the barnyard too, but a swift kick or snarl here and there always puts them in place! Go for that big black pony..he belongs in your own backyard!

February 16, 2012 at 8:00 AM  
Blogger wooden wonders said...

pawsfurme--thanks much!!

February 16, 2012 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger Macrobe said...

Okay, one more comment. The photo of the chocolate-wool sheep (ewe, is my guess). It is the cud-chewing image of Tosca, my alpha ewe from the Oregon ranch. She was a freebie, a drop-out from the local university livestock flock heading for the meat factory. She was big, had terrible wool, was the best momma in my flock, had the most milk and biggest lamgs, kept all the ewes and thier lambs in line, knew how to open the gates, and laid next to me in the lush green pastures of many Pacific Nortwestern spring afternoons while I listened to and watched the hawks train their fledglings.

She was the alpha matriarch that the other ewes followed, she was the first to be bred by the ram, she was the one that allowed all the lambs to climb on her back. She was intelligent enough to open the gates and the first one to lead all the escapees back in.

Like the grand dame opera singer that she was named after, she had presence. And I miss her, 14 years later.

Thanks for that teary-eyed glimpse of nostalgia.

February 19, 2012 at 4:59 PM  

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