Pears and jabs

While we wait for our own fruit trees to feed us and give us enough to preserve we are trying to be regulars at the farmers markets. 

Today we picked up some pears which I have canned with a little bit of honey. To 2 L of water I added 2 TBS of honey and 4 TBS of lemon juice. This is not very sweet at all but I can always add more honey when I eat them ๐Ÿ™‚ 


On the animal front, this morning  I put Connie in the crush to jab her again. It’s been a while and she had been getting worse again, which hopefully means the vitamins are the right cure. I was waiting  for some larger Luer lock syringes but they still have not arrived so I decided to just go ahead and give her more vitamns anyway. I gave her 9 ml of ADE 500 000IU and 9 ml Cophos. That is 6 jabs with my little 3 ml syringes. Poor girl. We were both covered in spit by the end but hopefully it was worth it. Repeat in 2 weeks. Might need to do Carol soon too as her back legs look a bit bent.

Last update, we planted most of the garlic last week. Some in the half wine barrels, some in with the fruit trees in the big pen and some next to the tank ring in the new veggies patch. Strangely the latter lot seems to be growing best so far…


Three more

Sage had three new babies today. Very cute as usual. 

These, and the ones Peppa and Rainbiw are expecting, are the result of an incursion the boys made into the girls guinea pig area 2 moths ago, so they are possibly inbred. But these three are healthy and strong. Black one is a boy the other two are girls.

Peppa looks like she is due any minute, Rainbow still has a bit to go. Was such a relief to see that Sage only had 3. 

baby guinea pigs!

A findย 

Just a quick post to remind myself that today i starter some clicker training with Lillypilly and Monty, one at the time. The both did great, especially Llillypilly.

We also found a lump the size of a walnut on Lillypilly’s neck. It seems to be just under the skin and totally detached from her so I am not very concerned. She doesn’t mind us touching it either so we’ll just keep an eye on it for now. 

Monty and Lillypilly

 I am also trying a new way of giving the chook green fodder and that is scattering seeds in their pen then covering them with netting we’ll see if they sprout in the cold…

Reducing numbers??

I know that I started this blog with the resolution of reducing animal numbers and I have sold several chooks and have put 2 llamas up for sale but then… We just bought a new goat ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Lillypilly arrives at Tatum Hills Farm

As Monty gets bigger he seems to really need a playmate. I went back to the lady who sold us Tag to see if she had any more for sale and she offered us Lillypilly a tiny girl, Toggenburg- Angle Nubian cross. She was born last 28 January as part of triplets from mum Skippy. Skippy has incredible milk production but in this last kidding she started producing so much colostrum she needed to be milked before giving birth… Hopefully Lillypilly won’t follow in her mum’s footsteps. 

Skippy and her other kids were sold sometime ago and I think little LP got separated a bit early from mum. She’s been trying to drink from Tag but has so far failed. She is also mad keen on salt and mineral licks… Missing something I reckon but hopefully she’ll be good soon.

Anyway, the little one is active and happy and very knowledgeable about goat etiquette so is coping great with making friends with her new family. Tag is less than impressed about the new addition and Monty is worming up to his new sister. 

Monty playing nice

To introduce them, we put LP in the old pen for an explore then introduced the others. It went well. This was 2 days ago. Yesterday I opened up the netting area to introduce LP to electric fencing. When she got zapped she went away not through it so that’s great! 

In other news, the vet came for Connie llama yesterday.  He found she was in very good condition overall and said that some of them just get soft on their joints and there’s not much you can do about it, though he admitted his diagnosis was mainly based on what they see in horses. He even advised against doing bloods as he said they’d very likely be normal. He said it was a good idea to keep giving her and the others extra vitamins but he wasn’t particularly helpful there either. Anyway, at least I know she is not likely to die on me and that the extra vitamins won’t hurt her. I only wish the more concentrated ones I ordered would arrive… it’s been over a week and I have not been able to contact the seller… which is very concerning given that they did take my money.

I also did some clicker training with Rubick and he did great… Now I need to work out how to teach him to stand still while I approach.

Worms be gone

Tag and Monty got drenched with Caprimec today. Monty got about 13 ml, he spat half so I had to give him some more, and Tag got 23-24 ml.

monty using mum as a hay rack

In other news the cophos arrived for the llamas. The bottle does not take the gun do we put the gun needle onto a syringe with a screw top. It worked OK, but the dose is 10 ml per 150 kg animal and our syringe was 3 ml so jabbing them 3 times wasn’t fun. 

Anyway, Connie got at least 8 ml, Carol, Renata and Reba 6. It was a spit fest so I didn’t do anyone else.

I also changed the guinea pigs bedding… Not very interesting but I want to see how long it lasts. Babies due soon.

Roo in roo out

Sadly we had to send Larry the Maran rooster back to his old place as he kept attacking us. Luckily his old owner was able to find him some girls and he should be happy there.

At the same time, this week, two other roosters came back to us after we sold them as hens when younger. They are both RIR crosses and they had me totally fooled about their gender. 


Rosie came back fist, was spot treated and kept in the spare pen until Storm arrived yesterday. They were both put back together in the big pen with no fighting issues, but Storm didn’t get quarantined (he did get spot treated). Might have been a risky move as he sneezed later last night… We’ll see… Rosie started working right away.


Winter veggies and ninja injections

We planted some seedlings today. In the little garden bed in the big pen we put:

  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Lettuce
  • Beetroot

We also put 2 males and 2 broccoli in the space between the straw bale garden.   

In the little garden bed in front of the lounge room window we planted all of the above plus a pansy. 

In other news, we gave more vitamin injections to the llamas with the gun … A very satisfying and slightly scary activity as you approach them slowly then shoot.  Reba and Renata got 3 ml each, Carol got 6 and Connue 9. This is the 50,000IU/ml product as the 500,000IU/ml has not arrived yet.