If I didn't have a chance to answer your question I hope you will write it down in your best handwriting and I'll answer it here on the blog.
I thought you might like to see some photos from last week.
|Sometimes chickens can get a little bit wild. If I hold them upside down by their feet they calm down very quickly.|
|We tried very hard to make sure each child got a chance to touch a chicken....|
|and a duckling.....|
|so you could feel the difference between feathers....|
|and down (those are the fuzzy feathers that they are born with).|
|The ducklings have grown since you saw them last week. They are starting to get their feathers, too. By the time they are 12 weeks old they will have all their feathers.|
The ducklings have water to drink, but they don't have water to swim in yet. Did you know that baby ducklings will drown if someone other than their mother lets them get into a pond? Their mother will 'preen' them with her beak. She has special oil glands that coat her feathers and help her float. She can put some of that oil on her ducklings by rubbing her beak on herself then on her ducklings.
Ducklings don't develop (grow) that oil gland until they are about 6 weeks old. When they are about six weeks old they will start preening (spreading water-resistant oil) on their feathers. Then they can swim and float on the water if they want to.
You can try an experiment: put a little bit of oil in a cup of water. What happens to the oil?
I hope your nails never get as dirty as goat hooves do!
|Sandy's hooves are all trimmed and she stands evenly on all her feet.|
|I can tell when I've trimmed enough hoof because when the goat stands up
the bottom of the hoof is parallel with the hairline at the top of the
I can see that I trimmed a little too much off her toes because her toes don't touch the milk stand.
Did you know that farmers have to know math? We do! We need to know all sorts of math or we can't put up fences or plant gardens or know how to properly feed an animal or how to properly care for a sick animal.
|Here is what the inside of Clover's new coat looks like. It looks like a giraffe! She doesn't care, she is very glad to be warm.|
|Do you see how big the chicks are getting? They are too big for their other home.|
Next week I will show you what we have to do with Scout. He is a good dog, but he's not very smart sometimes. He loves to play and work and be outside. He gets so excited to do those things that he doesn't always eat.
Miles and JJ always eat, the goats always eat, the chickens, and cats eat, too. They are smarter than Scout!