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Triplets All Around 
May 30, 2012 9:12 am 
Updated: Jul. 9, 2012 10:31 pm

So, the big ranch party has begun and goes through Sunday to celebrate the ranch triplets graduating from High School. Much work has been done to spruce up the ranch and make ready. There are hundreds of hamburger patties made up, a new and improved BBQ to grill them on, campsites have been prepared in the meadow across from our house and all is in readiness. 
My chicks were supposed to arrive on Wednesday with the mail carrier who only comes 3x a week, but they didn’t arrive.
He called me Thursday to let me know they made it to Princeton Post Office which is 80 miles away and “did I want to go pick them up?”
Of course, I had no choice as they are day old chicks in a box without food/water/heat. I drug myself out and drove the nearly 200 mile long trip to get them. There are 52 of them. I’m not sure why, as I only ordered 30 meaties and there are a good many chicks that are NOT what I ordered. Only one had died in transit. I guess the guy threw in all his extras to make up for being almost 2 months late.
I put them in the bathroom with the heater on full blast as the trip home wasn’t very warm. A storm has moved in. Randyman was still working on the big chick brooder. Since we raise our own chickens every year for the table now, we might as well have a permanent facility for them to grow in and feather out. It’s huge and has an enormous top on it, that will eventually be wired to keep the junk birds out of their feed. We got 3 different heat lamps in it, put in their mushy food which they promptly got their feet stuck in, although they loved eating it, replaced it with dry chick feed and they settled in nicely, having found their food and water. I had already fed them some mashed up hard boiled egg on their arrival, which they consumed with gusto.

We awoke to find it was snowing and the electricity was out. That meant the heat lamps for the chicks went out. Randyman got up and got a generator and got the lights in the brooder going again. So far, it looks like we only lost 2, from being crushed when they all huddled together for warmth. Not sure if they will all rally or not.

I had covered all the tomatoes and peppers last night, and they will stay covered today, because it continues to rain hard, then snow. What was sleet is turning to just plain old snow now. 
The bottle calves were all hunched up and shivering. We fed them then shoved them into the goat shed again, where they could get dry and warm. I hoped the goats are not ready to kid yet, as there is no place for them to do it. The pups are out consoling their wet livestock. Annie and Stinky were under the tent trying to stay dry as goats do not like getting wet. They don’t have the heavy coats or wool of other animals. EmmaLou, I am sure hogged the dry spots under the Octopus tree. 

Things warmed up so Randyman put the leppies back out in the pasture. I told him that is good, because my goats are going to be kidding real soon.
We made bottles to feed the leppies that evening and as I passed the gate to the sheep pasture, I noticed all the sheep and goats were in except for Prissy. I went out and around the corner and there she was...with her new triplets.

Priss does not have a good udder, her teats are ‘blown’ and the babies can’t really get ahold of them to nurse. I brought them all in, gave the babies some SeleniumE, got Priss on the stand and milked her into 3 bottles to make sure the kids got colostrum early. I will have to keep stripping her twice a day until they figure out the whole nursing scene and are able to keep her milked down. Meanwhile...I am able to go back into Goat milk soap production.
I have CucumberMelon and Goatmilk Oatmeal&Honey soap on the racks curing,  will make another plain Honeymoo this week, and keep a close eye on Oreo, Freckles and Just Plain Joe.
It’s gonna be quite a week.
May 30, 2012 9:30 am
Wow you are super busy! I'm not a farm girl but I love reading about it! Something just does not seem right about feeding chicks eggs! Good luck with your party and with the cute triplets and chicks.
May 30, 2012 9:51 am
I think you keep Randyman busier than the ranch boss does! Those poor chicks, I hope they make it and I thought the same as Icemama about feeding them eggs (as if they would know the difference, LOL!) Your first photo looks like it belongs on a very expensive calendar, and I love all the animal shots. Thanks for sharing a slice of your life.
May 30, 2012 10:02 am
The first thing they eat is the membrane from their own, so their digestive system is in tune with eating the, chickens are scavengers. They eat anything, with no respect for recipes! :)
May 30, 2012 10:26 am
petey, how BEAUTIFUL!!! Those chicks are so itsy bitsy! I hope they all make it! What a CHALLENGE! Getting them all settled and then the power goes out while it's SNOWING! WoW!! Cute little goats too and they will keep you hopping for awhile. I hope the Party is a smashing success and you find some time to enjoy yourself as well!
May 30, 2012 10:32 am
Your pictures of where you live are always so wonderful to look at.
May 30, 2012 10:52 am
Thanks! Actually, we had hurricane force winds the two days that the people were here. The boss's wife has been having us up for 2 meals a day as there are still about a million hamburgers and salads to consume! LOL Thanks KingSparta...There are a lot of good subjects here, which makes it easy
May 30, 2012 7:49 pm
And I am pooped with what I do. Are you sure you aren't like in your 20's? Mercy, you all work hard. My grandparents worked like that. Lived a long happy life and were thin as rails. :)(:
May 30, 2012 8:25 pm
The animals and those Beautiful views are never in short supply and always worth the struggles huh? No smog, cars, trucks, just open range wonders!! Aaaahhhhhh Thanks Petey
May 31, 2012 6:49 am
Petey- I enjoy reading about your wonderful life. I really get an education about all the animals you raise and care for.
Dahling 2 
May 31, 2012 7:25 am
Oh Petey! You live an amazing life! I scroll through these blogs, searching for you! I am in awe of the many talents and the boundless energy you possess. I would love to order your soaps but am unsure as to how to do that! I have been on your other website, but have not figured out the ordering process! Any help would be appreciated! Thanks so much for your contributions to this blog. Can I start a "Petey" Fan Club??
May 31, 2012 7:52 am
B A B I E S!!! How cute!!
May 31, 2012 9:35 am
LOL Dahling2! For soap info, email me at I will edit the soap page and put the info there again as well. Thanks for pointing out that I don't have the information out there!
May 31, 2012 10:56 am
HERE is how to contact me for soap info:
Jun. 1, 2012 11:21 am
Sounds like the weather is just about as unpredictable there in Oregon as it is here in Texas. They always say if you don't like the Texas weather just wait a minute.
Jun. 1, 2012 12:55 pm
that's pretty much the forecast here, char!
Jun. 2, 2012 2:36 pm
I bet our mail carriers here would love to see what their counterparts get themselves into! What a great treat to get all those chicks! Maybe the sender was counting in attrition?
Lee B 
Jun. 3, 2012 6:08 am
Amazing shots! What hard work you seem to be busy with...thanks for sharing your part of the world with us!
Jun. 3, 2012 7:36 am
I just love reading about your life! I need to introduce my daughter to your blog, she would be fascinated--she's almost 10 and loves animals and the thought of being on a farm. Have you ever considered doing a blog on blogspot or is this the only one you write?
Jun. 3, 2012 10:07 am
I do have a blog on blogspot, two actually! and
Jun. 3, 2012 1:19 pm
Another wonderful blog, petey. You amaze me!
Jun. 3, 2012 7:31 pm
Hard for me to imagine snow this late! We've been having 90 degree weather with the AC on. Love your blogs, petey, and hope to meet you in person someday!
Jun. 4, 2012 6:00 am
Lovely blog, photos and babies! Makes me want to move to your farm everytime. Thanks so much for sharing your life with us!
J. Dub 
Jun. 4, 2012 8:20 am
Those baby goats are just too cute! I mean seriously!!!
Jun. 4, 2012 9:24 am
Thanks, Bibi. It has FINALLY warmed up...although I see there are 50's in the forecast again! Thanks Noodles :) and JDub!
Jun. 5, 2012 6:31 am
Petey, you make me chuckle. My chicks will be 5 weeks on Friday, they did not arrive in the mail this year, though they have in the past. This year they were shipped on grey hound. RNGramapa also often picked them up from the hatchery. Due to fewer and fewer small chicken farmers and more commercial farms, many small businesses quit handling chicks. My birds came over from Saskatchewan again this year. Migration, nope, just hens with air miles:)
Jul. 9, 2012 10:31 pm
So sad about the poor little bitties. I don't know how you can bear to harvest them after raising them. I grew up on a farm and wouldn't eat beef for years. Now, of course, I do, but, not if I had to obtain it up close and personal. Hypocritical of me, I know! :-)
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