Sunday, October 4, 2009


Bo will be a month old tomorrow. They grow up so fast :'( He is an absolute joy and we are so blessed to have him. He loves scratches and comes right up to to get them as soon as he sees us. He does give his poor mama a rough time though. lol Bo is for sale for $500, a $100 deposit will hold him until he is ready for weaning.

Our Breeding Rams

Here's a pic of our three breeding rams. Magnum, Angus and Bravo. It won't be long now and it will be time for them to go to work. Right now they are very content and all three get along will with each other.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

My Birthday Present

Yesterday was my birthday and our miniature donkey, Pearl, gave me the best present ever, a healthy little baby boy! Isn't he the cutest?!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Country Road, Take Me Home (or to the sheep)

Matthew and I took a walk down a country road this morning to visit the sheep and goats. It is a beautiful day here and we just couldn't stand to be in the house any longer!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Mary and Sunny

Today I was able to sit and spend some time with my dear friends, Mary and Sunny. Mary is a registered Shetland ewe and Sunny is a registered Kinder doe. Both enjoy lots of chin scratches and attention.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Econobusters Rug Contest

I wanted to share this contest they are having over at Econobusters for a pretty outdoor rug. Now is the perfect time to win this rug for your porch or deck! Check it out over at Econobusters.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Catching UP

It's been almost a month since I've posted and a lot has been going on here at Redbud Lane. Mostly we are being overrun with ducklings! These silly ducks are sooooo good at hiding their nests. lol Mrs. Mallard took her 14 babies and left so we don't have them anymore. We do have the ducklings out of 3 Indian Runners' nests, a total of 28 and two more are still sitting. These are all mutt ducks, a real mixture of different breeds. They are being sold for $2 each if anyone is interested. :)

The lambs are getting big and weaning is just around the corner. I believe we have decided to spend our July 4th separating the ewes from the lambs. Three of the wethers are sold and I've decided to keep two for myself. That leaves four wethers still available at $50 each or a discount if you purchase more than one. I have quite a few ewe lambs available too as well as some of the moms. I have decided to downsize a bit until the boys are finished with school. I need to take pictures but it's hard for me. Some of the moms have been a part of my flock for several years and I'm having a hard time with my decision to let them go to new homes.

Our miniature donkey, Pearl, is still expecting and getting quite a belly. We can hardly wait for the baby to arrive.

I promise more pictures in the near future, feel free to bug me for them! :)

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Nellie's Buck

Here is Nellie's 2009 kid, Werthers. (He reminds me of the candy!) He is a Toggenburg/Pygmy cross and the last kid for us this year. Photobucket

Sunday, May 17, 2009


Our 2009 crop of ducklings have started to hatch. One Indian Runner has hatched out three ducklings and another Indian Runner is still sitting with about 3 weeks left to go. Mrs. Mallard gets our "Mother of the Year" award for hatching out 14 ducklings! They are so much fun to watch.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Fiber Pets

Well, we are pretty sure lambing season is over here at Redbud Lane. We ended up with 11 ram lambs (9 ewe lambs) this year and all will be wethered due to the fact that we already have several nice rams that need new homes. If you are looking for a fiber producer and/or pet, these guys are wonderful. They also make great lawn mowers! I ask $50 each with a discount if you purchase two or more of them. We have white, black, brown and a couple I think will fade to gray. I'll be trying to post more pics as time and weather allow.

Friday, April 17, 2009

New French Angora Bunny

This is Fruit Loops, my new French Angora buck, isn't he beautiful! He came from my good friend Jordan over at meetthebuns. I can't wait to get all that fiber off of him. :)Photobucket

More Lambs!

CeeCee gave us a set of beautiful twin ewes yesterday morning and Sophie, a yearling ewe who wasn't supposed to be bred, gave us a ram and a ewe that evening. Since Sophie was apparently bred by one of her half brothers (we're not even sure which one), her babies will be sold as unregistered pet quality. They are adorable though!
CeeCee and Ewes
Sophie and Twins

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Happy Belated Birthday Ben!

It's official! We now have two teenage boys in the house. (Chris turned 15 in December and Matthew will be 11 in July) Benjamin Dale celebrated his 13th birthday yesterday. This pic is a bit old but I like it. Happy Birthday Ben-Bo-Jo-Jo, we love you!Photobucket

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Ewe Lamb with Unusual Markings

Here are some more pics of our ewe lamb with the unusual coloring and markings.

Friday, April 10, 2009

New Chicks

These are a couple of chicks my friend brought to me after saving them at a local park. Someone was trying to release them into the wild. (a.k.a. feed the raccoons) I think they may be brown leghorns, one rooster and one pullet but I'm not sure yet. Please feel free to leave a comment if you have an idea what they may be.

Pygmy Bottle Babies

Here's a pic of my two pygmy bottle babies. They have graduated to a pen in the barn. We love to get them out and walk around the farm with them. They literally run circles around us! :)

Sunny's Quads

Just sharing a pic of Sunny and her four babies, born 4-1-09. All the babies are growing and doing well. They are jumping and playing and we are really enjoying them. The bucklings will all be banded and sold and I've decided to keep the doeling.

More Lambs!

Ambrosia presented us with twins at high noon today. The little ram is dark brown and the ewe is....well, I'm not quite sure what she is! She has a white head and some reddish brown coloring. We'll have to wait till she's a bit cleaner to tell for sure. These lambs were sired by Toby.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

First Lambs of 2009

Our dear ewe Mary presented us with twin rams this afternoon. Both black with white on their head (krunet). Typical shetland lambs, they practically jumped right up and started nursing! :) Enjoy the pics!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

April Fool's Day Surprise

My kinder doe, Sunny, got me good for April Fool's. I was thinking we'd be lucky to get twins out of her this year and she goes and has FOUR! lol I'm not sure where she was hiding these kids but they are all doing fine, she is a good mama. Unfortunately, our LGD dog, Susie, chewed about 2" off the tip of one of Sunny's ear. It must have happened while she was in labor and I wasn't here. It was a clean cut and I think it will heal fine, it doesn't seem to be bothering her. Of course, she's a bit busy right now with those four new kids. The white one facing the camera is the only doe and she looks just like Sunny!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A Lamb-less March

For the first time since 2005 we didn't have any lambs in March. I have several I've been watching pretty close but they are determined to bake those little lambies a bit more. I guess old Mother Nature knows what's she's doing.

Monday, March 30, 2009

New Bunny

This is a pic of my mom falling in love with Christopher's new 4-H project, a New Zealand White rabbit. I think he would be perfectly happy as a house bunny! :)

Snug As a Goat in a Box?

Our white pygmy, Lilly, gave us twins this morning, a black buck and a white doe. After getting them cleaned off she decided she wanted no part of motherhood. They got pretty chilled but with the help of my friend, Linda, we were able to save them. They are now snug in a box under a heat lamp in the kitchen. They are currently for sale as bottle babies! :)

Saturday, March 28, 2009

New Cochin Chicks

We recently took some of our ducks to a Hillbilly Auction and came home with four 3-week old buff cochin chicks. I just love their pretty feet! They aren't good layers but are reputed to be excellent setters. We're hoping at least some of these are female!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Grass and Hay Fire

Yesterday Dan tried burning a stump out of the middle of a corn field and things got out of hand. Actually, things were fine around 2 o'clock but when he came back at 4:30 the field was burning, the grass was burning and the row of big round bales was on fire. He dropped me and the boys off near the grain bins to try and get it under control there while he jumped in the loader and headed to the other side of the pond and the field. LeRoy, Dan's dad was quickly there with a shovel and worked on the other end of the grass fire. Soon the Monroe City Fire Department was on the scene too. They really didn't have to do much, thankfully, but it was sure good to see them! Chris just happened to have his camera with him so he snapped these pictures. The last I knew the stump was still there. :)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Signs of Spring!

Here are just couple pics I snapped today while out enjoying the beautiful day.
My onion chives are coming up, hurray!

Daylillies are just starting to poke their heads up.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Happy Birthday Brittney!

We helped my niece, Brittney, celebrate her 10th birthday yesterday. Double digits, hurray!!!
We were sorry Grandma and Grandpa Schafer couldn't be there but maybe they can at least enjoy these pics. :)
And here is the whole crew! Chris, Ben, Shelby, Brittney, Matthew and Abby.

Clooney & Darlin'

Here's a pic of our two outside dogs, Clooney and Darlin'. Clooney came to us from a local pound and Darlin' showed up one day half starved to death, an apparent victim of dog dumping. (Don't you just hate those people?!) Well, that person's junk was our treasure. :) She's such a lady, always having her paws crossed like that. Clooney was just being silly and begging for a belly scratch in this photo. These dog are pets but they do work here on the farm. They keep coyotes and stray dogs away and Clooney is an awesome mole catcher.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Freezer Cooking

This month I thought I'd try my hand at Freezer Cooking, also know as OAMC (Once A Month Cooking). I have every meal planned for the month, breakfast, lunch and supper. We have done this before and find it to save money and sanity! All five of us are here for every meal so cooking is a huge chore in this house, especially with three growing boys! I allow one breakfast a week to be cold cereal or instant oatmeal and one meal per week is allowed to be eating out or perhaps a take-n-bake pizza brought home and cooked. We have breakfast and one big meal on Sunday and then it's popcorn in the evening. Other than that, it's three squares a day!
I feel like I have done pretty well with getting some good food prepared and in the freezer. Some of it is just cooked hamburger, sausage or taco meat. We will pull this out and use it for spaghetti, homemade pizza, biscuits and gravy, tacos, etc. I have 4 breakfast casseroles, some pancakes to pop in the toaster, breakfast burritos, 4 dozen biscuits, a yummy chicken enchilada dish, a couple of different hamburger casseroles and some banana bread.
We are trying to eat out of our pantry and cut our grocery bill substantially. Of course, we raise our own pork and beef and thanks to Chris and Dan we have plenty of deer. Next year we hope to put a couple of lambs in the freezer as well. I do buy chicken and the occasional package of hot dogs. I like to buy bologna in bulk. We slice it and freeze it and I also make bologna salad. This is especially nice in the summer when we are busy working outside or need to take a lunch to the field.
Please leave me a comment if you have any recipes you would like to share or tips on OAMC and menu planning! :)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Toaster and Bread Machine Covers

I have finished the toaster cover and the bread machine cover. Now I need to work on the mixer cover and the food processor cover. I may even have enough material left over for a curtain!

Sunday, February 22, 2009


This is Jessica getting some animal crackers from Dan, we think she's adorable, what do you think?! :)

New Sales Blog

I've decided to have a separate blog for my sheep (and occasionally goats) that I have for sale. You will find a link on the right side of this page. I hope you will take a minute to check out the nice rams I added today. You will also find pictures of Lilly and Rosie, two bred pygmy does that need to find a good home.

Monday, February 16, 2009

I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day!
I ended up spending my day being sick..:P
We've got some lovely sun today and I'm feeling much better so maybe I'll finally get those ram pics. We'll be shearing in a couple of weeks so I want to get some good pics while they still have their wonderful fleeces on. Be sure and check back later...

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Ewes for Sale

These are the last of the 08 ewe lambs. All are black with varying amounts of white on their heads. All are semi friendly and we are still working on halter training. Nice tails and wool on all three, all are from Windswept Bravo, our awesome Yuglet/Sokket ram. We are asking $200 each for them with a 10% discount if you purchase two and a 15% discount if you purchase all three. If you would like more detailed photos, especially of their fiber, just contact me and I can get those for you. :)

First is Malory, a single born 3/29/08 out of Locksfield McCleady Laine (White).
This is Sophie, a single born 4/2/08 out of Locksfield Serafina (Black).
Last but not least is Celest, a twin born 3/27/08 out of Limpus CeCe. This girl should give you lots of color!