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  1. Lizzy733

    A Greenhorn's Journal

    Plans for the property are finally underway! We've decided to build a 30sqm office attachment for the greenhouse so we can have a lockable kitchenette and livingroom with AC as the temps in the Greenhouse have been soaring to around 45C lately (110F). We're starting to make a move to get...
  2. Lizzy733

    A Greenhorn's Journal

    Incredibly tiny, indeed. It is such a small chick. I did see it scratching around a bit earlier, so it looks like it may just be eating when I'm not looking after all!
  3. Lizzy733

    A Greenhorn's Journal

    Good to hear its at least a bit normal. Our turkeys were past that point when we got them - looking to be 3 boys and 2 girls in our turkey flock. - not an ideal ratio. Perhaps I should bachelor coop one or two of the boys with my cockerels as they grow. They eat very well and have learned how...
  4. Lizzy733

    A Greenhorn's Journal

    There is always a something to do here and the turkeys are growing up so quickly! Our little sick kune has been to the vet and received antibiotics about a week ago. It was a slow turnaround, but he's in great spirits and his breathing has finally leveled out. The newest thing thrown our way...
  5. Lizzy733

    Thinking about pigs

    I wish my two were little lawnmowers - they are surprisingly picky eaters and have turned their nose up at fresh fruit, veggies and herbs. They love their kibble and clover, have free access to the outdoors, but prefer to stay underfoot. Our boys are still babies, so hopefully they'll expand...
  6. Lizzy733

    A Greenhorn's Journal

    Geeze, my luck. Looks like the one of our new little boys has a respiratory something going on. It's the bigger of our two kune kune...Not obvious, but with observation and having his younger sibling to compare, we can tell something's up. He has less energy than his little bro, a runny nose...
  7. Lizzy733

    A Greenhorn's Journal

    I'd been giving them two hard boiled eggs at breakfast. I would really love to be able to get a hold of some soybean meal and cut their feed with that, but none of the feed stores seem to carry additives. Can't really get it posted either. Our post box is not that big and is 5k down the road...
  8. Lizzy733

    A Greenhorn's Journal

    Yup, strictly pets. My husband doesn't like the idea of killing something that clever, so they're organic lawnmowers for the orchard and our substitute puppies - due to the no cats\no dogs cause kiwi etc... Have just ordered some smaller harnesses and can hopefully get them mowing in the...
  9. Lizzy733

    A Greenhorn's Journal

    Our little boys are settling in. Spotty Dotty, looking over his little brother Rusty Venture... They're so tiny! No way they can fit their harnesses. Having a look at the parents, looking like they'll stay pretty small. Their moms were hardly up to my knee. Spotty is surprisingly heavy...
  10. Lizzy733

    A Greenhorn's Journal

    I just hung ours with gudgeons as it had been hung with twisted wires only. The way the gudgeons are, they have a lip which catches on the gate, blocking it from opening outward and making it harder to lift when the gate is closed. - unplanned bonuses, I suppose. If needed, I'll solder on some...
  11. Lizzy733

    A Greenhorn's Journal

    I'm well aware of a pig's propensity for escape. I'm going to try a dog shock system cause its much cheaper than a hot wire and can be run through vegetation as their orchard is bordered on one side by a stand of harakeke and is at the property border. It isn't here yet though and, as...
  12. Lizzy733

    A Greenhorn's Journal

    Hard to believe we've been here almost two weeks now! So much has happened since! If you've seen my other post, we've come to find our sheep have been a bit neglected and we lost a ewe to anemia shortly after IDing there was a problem within our first week of being here. We've had the...
  13. Lizzy733

    Downer Ewe

    Cool. Won't be too fussed on keeping him then. I've dubbed him blackbeard due to how dark his neck fluffs are. Really is a chill guy... Cautious but reasonable. Not like the ewes who see me struggling to twist in a gudgeon and start screaming at me. Least the orchard gates are now hung and...
  14. Lizzy733

    Downer Ewe

    Black and white romney and some feral - maybe arapawa or similar. There are 3 older ewes, 6 four tooth and their babies. The babies are all his, of course, but otherwise he's unrelated to any of the adult ewes. I personally prefer the darker coated as far as aesthetics go and most of his...
  15. Lizzy733

    Downer Ewe

    yeah, will be downsizing them though - 21 is way too many for us to manage just starting out. There's a ram, a wether, 3 killers (castrated and I'm sure nearing cull), the now 9 ewes and 7 ewe lambs... all the oldies have their tails intact... most of the babies have been dobbed except for the...
  16. Lizzy733

    Downer Ewe

    Thought it might be... Seemed a minute or so in between. Least I was able to pick out the ill pretty quickly and she didn't die out in the field. Will have to conscript my husband to do some holding while I trim everyone's toes this weekend and give them all a copper spray for good measure...
  17. Lizzy733

    Downer Ewe

    It's native harakeke and well established. Not a pest plant and serves as a windbreak and privacy fence, so we do want it there. I've decided I'll try an invisible fence with shock collars - the wire transmits a radio signal to the collar which delivers the shock, so the harakeke becomes a...
  18. Lizzy733

    Downer Ewe

    I know! Only a week in too. Looks like they're quite behind on maintenance, but will get that sorted out. Now just worried my orchard fence may not hold the two kune kune piglets I'm picking up on the 15th. It's 8 wire post and batten. I'd go all electric, but the boundary fence is heavily...
  19. Lizzy733

    Downer Ewe

    Thanks for that, I spoke with the vet office yesterday to get us enrolled for farm visits and they recommended having the shearer assess her and suggested possibly barber pole worm. He came by yesterday evening. One girl had a small spot of hoof rot which we sprayed down with copper after...
  20. Lizzy733

    Downer Ewe

    Well, we've only been on our new block for a little under a week and already seeing some issues with the resident ewes. While walking out to the paddock today with some friends, we noticed one of the sheep appeared to have a limp, so we decided to use numbers and drive them into the yard for a...
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