- July 10, 2017 - 27 Cornish moved to ports shelter (ether we miscounted before or now.)
Layers moved to parlor stall room
- June 17, 2017 - 26 cornish cross and 102 Barred rocks came from cackle hatchery's "overhatch"
- July 21, 2016- 52 cornish cross chicks arrived for cackle hatchery - one is cross-beaked with only one good eye
- July 22, 2016- 1 Cornish died. (Cross beaked is ok)
- July 27, 2016- ~50 broad breasted bronze turkeys arrived from cackle 3 dead in box 1 dying (died in Elias' hands - he was very sad and held a burial (Scott helped)
- July 29, 2016 2 more turkeys dies
Bought from John Beagle July 21, 2016
- 106 white rocks - born 7/15
- ~28 golden laced Wyandot born 9/15
- ~56 black jersey giant born 7/15
Sold to Kobus August 21, 2016
- 62 white rocks and golden laced wyondottes
bought from Manuel August, 23
- 35 barred rocks
- 15 buff orpingtons
- 30 golden Sussex
Chicken count March 14, 2017
Moved chickens out of eggmobile. 180 hens (+ five more which were born at 7602) 3 roosters (+ 5 more (3 young) at 7602)
185 hens 5 roosters
- Tuesday, September 5, 2017: selected 5 Barred Rock hens and 1 rooster for breeding - in isolation in calf room.
Feb 18, 2016, Kierstyn and Kelsey artificially inseminatated Veronica using Semen from "Rising Temp" an A2A2 bull (giving a due date of Nov 25 with a 283 day gestation)
Shamrock, a Dexter bull belonging to Golden Hoof farm, was released to Daisy, Veronica, Belle and Henna on Monday, May 23, 2016. (giving a March 1 due date with a 283 day gestation) Henna was in heat. Dolly was brought in the next day
June 28 Shamrock went back to the Stareks (latest due date @ 283 days would be April 7).
Dr. Flinchum preg tested cows on July 24 -
- Veronica's due date is given as Dec 15, 2016. Veronica gave birth to a heifer calf, Lilly January 3rd, 2017, 19 days overdue by the due date given by Dr F (302 days) and 40 days overdue by the insemination date (!) (323 days!)
Dr. Flinchum preg tested cows on August 26
- Daisy is 90 - 120 days pregnant Feb 1-28? - gave birth to a male on Feb 19, 2017, at least 11 days early (272 day maximum gestation)
- Henna is also 80 days giving March 10 but was actually bred on or after May 23 giving a date of March 1 - gave birth to a caramel colored male on Feb 20, 2017, at least 10 days early (273 day max gestation)
- DF thought "Belle is 80 days pregnant" - March 10 - she gave birth without difficulty to a heifer at 7 am on March 7, 2017
- Dolly was not preg tested but she gave birth one day after Henna on Feb 21, 2017 to a red-colored heifer. 273 day max gestation) calf died about 8 weeks later after inhaling pond water and getting pneumonia
- March 3 2017 Veronica in heat
- March 21, 2017 Dolly seen mounting Veronica
18 March 2017 (MDT) genetic tests
Tests with UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Lab show the following results:
Dolly, American Milking Devon 8 y/o cow is A1/A2 Walker, American Milking Devon Bull, born Feb 2015, is A2A2 - (he is the only A2A2 AMD Bull we know of) "D2" Dolly's 2017 calf Daughter of Dexter bull "Shamrock" is A1A2 Veronica is confirmed to be A2A2 MoonPie Dam: Veronica, AI Sire "Holt Creek Montana?" is A2A2 (Born on the "Blood Moon" Sept 2015) "Lilly" Dam: Veronica, AI Sire "Rising Temp" is A2A2 (actually A2/I where I is a variant of A2 and is thus A2A2 by A2C nomenclature)
- May 9, 2017 - bulls Walker and Moonpie turned in with Belle, Veronica, Henna and Daisy. Dolly added the next day.
- May 23, 2017 - Belle is in heat - wasn't standing for it yesterday.
- May 28?, 2017 - Veronica and henna in heat
- Friday Sept 1 2017 - preg check
- Veronica - 80 days pregnant
- Daisy - 80 days pregnant
- Henna 80-90 days pregnant
- Belle - open :(
On Wednesday, June 1, 2016 big black momma sow had 6 live and 1 stillborn piglets - 5 black, and 2 brown - 1 black got stepped on and 1 red got sat on day one. Other 4 are going strong 4 days later. down to 2 by 3 weeks out and she killed the 2 in week 4. She was sent to the processor.
January 22, a failed birthing resulted in just one live piglet - nursed it, brought it to church and gave it to "A" the next day - it died of exposure on day 3.
January 23, 2017: Spotted sow "A" gave birth to 4 or 5 piglets - all were stepped on by other pigs except 1. We moved her into the barn - the next day another young sow showed no interest in her piglets (12) and we gave them to her - she accepted them readily. She is an excellent first-time mom with a good balance of gentleness and mothering - her own piglet is a spotted female (disappeared march - presumed dead) - recommend keeping her as a replacement sow.
AS of now we have three Colorado Mutle sows - one with a tint of reddish hair "02" (decent mother) one black with a small patch of grey hair on the rear flank "03" (stubborn - poor mother - cull?) and an all black (01)
January 30, 2017 Black pig "01" gave birth to 9, one died (found with Hazel the dog - did she kill it?) another died the next day - gave her another two piglets, one red and one white from another disinterested mother the next day.
Feb 7: Spotted sow "B" gave birth to several Total of 6 survived to 6 weeks, 1 from disinterested mutle mother "03" March 18 - he babies got double ear notch on right side and castrated. 5 of her own got single notch on right side, 4 females and 1 male (castrated) - she's a great mom.
11:33, 13 April 2017 (MDT) Turned boar in with mothers - earliest due date August 3 or so.
Sunday 6 August 2017: Black female with white saddle who was scheduled to go to Slaughter last Tuesday was retained because she appeared to be pregnant. She gave birth to 9 piglets today - we separated her by building an enclosure within the main pen. a week in and all are still alive - she appears to be an excellent mother and not too aggressive with people.
17 August - castrated all 4 males and ear notched on top of right ear
Thursday August 10 2017: Both spotted sows gave birth.
"1" Gave birth to 10 piglets in the morning in the open pen (one was stepped on by another pig) 9 live babies and mom were moved into a farrowing pen. All are spotted and doing fine the next day.
"2" gave birth to 5 live piglets in the evening after being moved into a farrowing pen. 5 are doing fine the next morning.
- 20:24, 25 June 2017 (MDT)potentially in heat – excessively affectionate and a few days ago Elias saw a male dog trying to mount her