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Annie calved

Posted by Silver Mist Meadows on November 10, 2012 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)

November 8, 2012 Annie gave us a 71 lb bull calf.  She did need some assistance, but it was her first full term calf.  She is a wonderful mom and is giving 2.5 gallons a day with a single milking daily while she raises her calf. 

Jersey's Ultrasound

Posted by Silver Mist Meadows on June 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)

On June 16, 2012 we took our three Jersey's in for ultrasounds to see who was in calf.  Well, lost of information came out on that visit. 

We found our beloved Jillian has ovarian cysts that is affecting her ability to conceive.  The vet  said that a medication may help her conceive so we are trying that first.  If that doesnt work we will AI her.  We know she has been able to conceive previously this way so we will go that route if the medication didnt work. 

Whipcream, as expected, is indeed in calf.  On July 7, 2012 she went on to have a bull calf.  He is growing very fast and very well.  He was named T-Bone.  Whipcream proved to be a very good mom, she has nursed and cared for her calf since the begining.  This was her first calf.

Anne Bell was also found to be in calf as we expected.  We had estimated she would be due the begining of August, but as of today, August 31, she still has not delivered.  Her bag in the last week has gotten huge!  She started to swell and widen so we are hoping to have one soon.  I am just hoping the calf isnt too big since the vet thought she would have it a month ago.  Here is to hoping for a healthy heifer!

Turkey Hut

Posted by Silver Mist Meadows on March 11, 2012 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Finally our new turkey hut is almost done.  With the weather warming up we can actually get out and work on it.  Everything is starting to thaw so it is slippery going, but I am hoping in the next two days to have it finally finished so that we can have some baby turkeys soon!

Chicks

Posted by Silver Mist Meadows on February 14, 2012 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

We will be having chicks at the end of Feburary.  It makes it feel like spring is righ around the cornor.  We have two Jersaylands due to show themselves to the world at the end of March.  Turkeys will start to lay about that time too.  This winter was milder then normal, only a few small cold snaps.  We have had a tiny bit of snow.  So here is to hoping that the ground will be moist enough for this years crops. 

EGGS!

Posted by Silver Mist Meadows on September 29, 2011 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Finally today we have our first eggs.  Two are light brown and the other is a medium brown.  Our orpingtons and barred rocks are laying.  And the best part is, they were a great size for a pullet egg and the shell was hard and no lost birds.  I know within the next two weeks most will be laying.  That will be a dozen a day.  Woohoo...

Winter prep

Posted by Silver Mist Meadows on September 29, 2011 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Fall is always busy.  Every fall I think fall is the busiest, yet ever spring I think that is the busiest.  For fall prep this year we have new challenges and old worries.  For the old worries, making sure there is enough feed for everything to last the winter.  The new challenges, getting all the winter housing done for the chickens.  We were unable to finish our new building this year, so we are improvising.  Going to use old trailers as a chicken house.  We will see how well that works.  We are at the end of the breeding season for the animals as well, so we have to finish off the fencing and get the bulls moved out of the pasture and the roosters moved out of the hen house.  This coming spring we will have many new registered Highland calves for sale.  Check back often for updates on how everything is going.  We will be working through out the winter on our new office we are doing that will double as a hacthing house. 

Chickens

Posted by Silver Mist Meadows on August 11, 2011 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Chickens, chickens, chickens!  We have gotten all of our breeding stock now.  All the breeds of chickens we will carry and the turkey breeds we want.  Now we are waiting to see what will be our breed quality or what we will keep just for eggs.  Next spring we will have Barred Rocks, Buff Orpingtons, Salmon Faverolle's, and Ameraucana's.  We will not have the other breeds yet available.  We will be able to start this fall in providing eggs for human consumption.  We will provide them through out all of the winter and holiday season.  We will be selling those at $3.50 a dozen for brown eggs and $4.00 a dozen for blue.  We are also going to be starting to do local farmers market.

First Calf

Posted by Silver Mist Meadows on June 10, 2011 at 11:34 PM Comments comments (0)

Our first calf was a bull calf this year.  Our calving has started late, but it is officially under way.  This was taken shortly after birth.

 

Busy Busy Busy

Posted by Silver Mist Meadows on May 21, 2011 at 4:48 PM Comments comments (0)

This time of year is busy for everyone.  It is a time of hard work and new life.  Our new bull has arrived and is doing great.  Also our new Jersey has arrived.  We have been plowing and seeding.  We got our chickens all here.  Turkeys will be tough this year.  We are supposed to be doing a poultry show at the end of this month.  Top that off with putting in our garden, trying to finish the new store, and getting the new fencing up, we are always up to something.  We hope to have it all done in the next few weeks. Well, the fields anyway.  Have a great summer everyone.

Camera Time...

Posted by Silver Mist Meadows on May 9, 2011 at 2:23 PM Comments comments (0)

I always dislike the month of May.  It seems like everything that we have been waiting all winter to do can finally be done, but there is always so much to do.  It takes several weeks for us to work all the fields, get them seeded, and then you just hope for rain.  April the ground is usually still frozen.

 

May also signifies the start of our calving season.  Many say we do it late, but we have rarely ever lost a calf.  Muchless due to weather.  We calve out May and June.  I am always on the watch for them to start dropping.  It is always great to see all the little babies around, but waiting for them can be a bit of a stress.  Thank goodness it is only the Highlands that calve out then.  Our Jersey is being bred next month for a March baby, but she is inside, so not as bad.

 

May also is when we have all of our poultry come out.  Have you ever tried to watch week old chicks when there is a hungry weasel around?  Or 6 week olds that are outside for the first time with foxes around?  Lets just say, fences may keep th birds in, but not the preditors out.  We have to constently be on the watch with all the chicks.  We can only be in so many places at once. 

 

I usually dislike May because it seems that we are needed everywhere to watch everything and we just cant be.  Last year we lost 300 of our birds to preditors.  This year we already lost 100 (not the ones you all have already been watching).  So, now I have decided to take our live cam show on the road so to say.  We are getting a wireless cam (in the future there will be several) and setting it up so the animals are always watched.  We hope you all can help once we set this up.  If something is going on and we arent out there, call us and let us know. 

 

IT IS CAM TIME!!!!  :lol:

(camera will be here in about a week)


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