Quick shout out to the repeats...aka the Castle litter. Wow, two years old??? Where did the time go?
Hoping your humans love you just as much as I still do...well, depends on what Kevin has decided to eat on a particular day.
Mr Ruggedly Handsome, Duffy.
The girls: Ms Martha, Lanie, Jenny(Rose) and Alexis(Allie)
And our little minion....Kevin.
Good Lord, everyone knows Kevin. He's got a life all his own-poking the ring stewards legs during figure 8's, eating fan cords...and lots of other things along the way, plus totally loving life with his kid. I don't think anyone has ever watched him in the show ring and said he hates it. Far from it...tail wagging so hard that his butt bounces. Not sure how he's gonna handle 6 mos with out his girl while she's off playing soldier.
It's that time of the year. And thank goodness we have our own horse trailer now! Which means the only nights we aren't doing something dog, horse or poultry is....next Friday, then the following Thursday, till the end of June.
Muff has been doing more training on Ladybug. The ever amazing pony is, well, amazing everyone. She has had her first ride in english attire. Natural. Did a barrel pattern last night at the clinic. Going to concentrate on turns this week but she's just the bee's knees.
And my main man, Rio, is finally sound(for the most part) and will start his new adventures in life. First it's halter classes. Which means he's gotta go out in public. Oh boy. As nervous as I was about that, he was really an angel. Loaded right up, came out, little wiggy and I think I'm deaf from all his whinning in my ear. But overall, not one nasty moment, he investigated it all and I think we are on to something. After fair, he's headed off to do 30 days and see what we get back from the trainers.
And then there's this...........
Oh boy, talk about princess. I think this time it's a bus load of puppies. Hope she makes it to the end of June!
Swaps, sales and auctions can still happen, just no BIRDS at those events.
Fairs and shows are looking at other avenues, especially for our kids that put their heart and souls into their projects.
If you ever have any questions, go to the source. Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship---IDALS, has confirmed to me directly that you can still buy privately from an individual or purchase chicks/birds online. Quarantines are in place in the affected counties. Other states are not banning sales of birds from Iowa or to Iowa.
BUT.............. it is imperative for all involved in the poultry industry to practice even better biosecurity and make sure to report anything to IDALS!!! Quarantine new birds for up to 30 days. Keep the flock away from wild birds as best you can. Clean boots in, dirty boots stay. Wash, disinfect all equipment coming and going.
For that matter, we are putting a little more restrictions on those that come on to our property. We ask that you call ahead and please, don't go wandering around. Though we try to raise a free range flock, we do have areas that are off limits and we ask you to respect that.
Okay....now.... I still need to get those chicks out of my house!!! Time to start hardening them off!
Ah, no loose ponies, no chicks running amok but those darn ducks. I will figure out who has grown thumbs. But really no worries there either. The barn manager has been fine tuning a new skill: poultry herding. Yes she's vying for the June employee of the month parking spot. And no I'm not kidding. The cat has helped Muff herd the chickens and ducks in for two nights. Heck, she's better than the dog!
Hum, wish she weren't spayed....I'd be breeding herding cats!