"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005
Showing posts with label sheep. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sheep. Show all posts

Monday, August 24, 2009

Navajo Churro Sheep on the farm

Some pictures of our Navajo Churro sheepEsther and Martha(tail facing)


Esther's twins Martha-black Mary- brown
Third(l) Fourth(r)

Esther- don't you love the views?The pen behind her is all salvaged campaign signs.

Boaz and Ruth

The rams Boaz and Quatro(four horned)

Esther and Martha(tail facing)

Obed(Boaz and Ruth's lamb)

Add ImageSee the heart? Obed is a sweet ram, believe it or not!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Billy Goats Gruff

The kids will be seven weeks old on Saturday! Time sure passes quickly in the life of a farm animal!

Here is Third with the "boys", and Helga. Funny thing about the triplets, is that we have three sizes, small(the runt-which the kids call Junior Junior) medium-(Monroe) and Large- (Mohawk).

This is Monroe- if you go in the pens for any amount of time they will try and jump up on you. To the kids we are mini mountains! Wow, even me! By the way Monroe will most likely be the one we keep as the coloring and behavior is what we want to breed with our does.

Shawn and Gus:pretty much what they do 24-7. They follow us everywhere and then end up wrestling! Hard to take many photos without most looking like this!

Third squaring off with Mohawk. He has great coloring too, oh and can you see Monroe on Third's back?

Boaz and Quatro wondering what is going on, and do you have anything for us to eat?

Saturday, September 6, 2008

At our Fingertips

The Mesquite Tree

Harvest time...at the Double Nickel. This is the Honey Mesquite tree. I have stopped counting how many of these trees we have on the farm. As you can see in the foreground of this picture we are thinning out the other bushes and shrubs to make paths to the Mesquite.

See the Mesquite bean pods? We have been picking these and drying them and storing these for the winter. The goats and sheep love them. They are not the easiest to harvest due to fact that the Mesquite has thorns all over them.

The goats have been a blessing because we have been trimming these trees into the traditional tree shape...and the goats eat the leaves off the cut branches, then we stack the branches to season for next years kindling for the woodstove.

Here are some of the beans up close on the drying board. We have just been drying them outside in the sunshine. After a few days they make a rattle noise and are crispy and make a snap when we break them. This means that they are dry enough.

This is the Crown of thorns that I made from the branches. God is incredible and surrounds us. Even in something that seems like a trash bush or weed has provisions, and we at the Double Nickel are grateful.Take the time to look around and really see what He provides for you.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Boaz the Ram

Here is Boaz the Ram...I am giving the side view so that you can see the horns. He loves his horns and if you come into the pen without a "goody" for him he thinks that he should ram you!

Now at 5' tall short, I do not wish for any confusion in the ram world...so I have a new found tip. Perhaps many before have learned this, but as a new farm family, I am still learning. I just grab his right horn. Yep, I grab on while walking around and he and I become joined at the hip while I do what is needed in the pen. I taught my daughter this as she is vertically challenged too!

Bill uses the cane...I would never have believed it had I not seen it. Bill puts his cane in front of Boaz's head and it stops the "ramming". Boaz just ceases the ramming! It is so incredible to learn so many things, almost at once!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Location~ Location ~Location

That's the rage in real estate...location! The sheep of Double Nickel enjoy a view that provides lovely mountain views, incredible sunsets and sunrises, and breathtaking clouds! Notice the trough to the left of the photo...that is a bucket cut lengthwise and then attached to a 2x4 base...handcrafted by the Double Nickel team. In the back of Miss unnamed sheep...is another bucket cut in thirds, and the bottom is for grain. The top 2/3 is also used, but in the chicken coops as nests!

Location again...inside one of the many cactus on the farm...can you see? Well past the pokes, the stinging, and deep in the center???

In the middle of all this...

Three lovely blue eggs...they are the size of a quarter. How neat! And the nest is made of mesquite, cactus, and anything else to keep predators away. So location is key!!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Baa Baa Black Sheep

Sheep day! Here are 3 black Navajo sheep. The plans changed a bit. One of the lambs is male and one female. But the male is a great one! He has four horns, and this is not too common, so we are pleased to have this guy named Quatro(of course). The female has been gracefully named Maryanne! The ewe is awaiting a name.{Maisy the goat on the side}

Click on the picture to enlarge.

Oops not all are black sheep!

This is Boaz the ram. He is by far my favorite and the most docile. The white sheep is Ruth(can I say of course again?!) I named these two after two of my favorite people in the Bible. I love the book of Ruth...:p

I am adding these 2 lower photos- here is Fourth with *her* lamb Maryanne!

Here is a better picture of Quatro!