First Farm Babies

| 4/18/2014 9:17:00 AM

Tags: Baby Goat, Goat, Birth, Chicks, Incubator, Farm Animals, Amy Conley, Conley Farm,

Amy Conley2014 marks the first year of babies born on Conley Farm. Our first babies came in the beginning of March. We found an old egg incubator in the basement and cleaned it up. The egg turner was broken and it was hard to regulate the heat, but we figured we would give it a shot. We collected a dozen eggs and put them in there, turning them three times a day by hand. We really didn’t think anything was going to hatch, so much to our surprise, one Sunday, six little chicks joined our family. We thought 50 percent wasn’t too bad. The boys got to see them hatch through the little window, and my youngest son wanted to name them all Marvin.

Baby chicks after they hatched

So as exciting as baby chicks are, we have also been expecting a baby goat. We bred Ginger in the fall but we really didn’t know when she was going to give birth since we didn’t witness the event. We have been watching her for the last month but this was the first time having a pregnant goat. I raised sheep as a child in 4-H but that was so many years ago. During spring break, when the boys had off from school, we decided to meet up with some friends at the park. Ginger didn’t eat that well in the morning but I had been waiting for the last month so didn’t expect her to go in the next two hours. Well, I was wrong.

Sweet baby goat

We got home from the park and I walked out to check on her. I could see her huddled against the wall in the shed. I was wondering what she was doing so I rushed over and standing there was a pure white baby goat. I was kind of in shock, holy cow, look what she did all by herself. The first thing I did was pick it up to see what it was, a little billy goat. I immediately thought to call it Billy. My sweet little Ginger is now a momma. I started yelling for my kids to come help me. I wanted to get the little baby to the stall in the barn. Ginger did not want to follow me; she stood there almost in shock or something. I called her to follow me but she wouldn’t. I put the baby in the barn under a heat lamp and wiped him off a little but he was already pretty clean and dry. She did a great job. I had to go back out to the pen with a leash and get Ginger. She did not want to come with me. I had to pull her with all my might. I think she still thought her baby was in the shed. She calmed down once she saw him in the barn stall.

Our new addition

4/20/2014 9:55:08 AM

Amy, Spring is my favorite time of the year. Although I don't live on a farm or homestead, I can appreciate the new life that comes with the season. Spring flowers are in bloom now and new life in the wild (birds and animals) abound. My half acre city garden is teaming with new wild life. Wild turkeys, groundhogs, birds, and even an occasional deer wander through. It's been a real challenge to garden there but it's a sanctuary for me to garden and try to blend into nature that lives there. After all they were their first. This year I'm growing a 30X30 foot plot of sweet corn for the wild life. Hopefully, it will keep them away from mine inside the wooden fence. ***** Have a great first farm baby day.

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