There has been a lot of traffic at Blue Mountain Farms as everyone is working diligently to construct the two buildings for the new rabbitry and Fiber Mill! The weekend was spent laying blocks for the walls of the new rabbitry in preparation for the cement pump truck that was scheduled to core fill the block walls at 9 a.m. sharp this morning! Needless to say, with the family teamwork this past weekend, we managed to finish on time!
Oh, and did we mention that we also managed to find some time to participate in an Alpaca Fleece to Shawl demonstration at the annual Mapaca event held at the PA State Farm Show Complex. We had two youth teams, the Happy Hikers and the Twisted Sisters, along with our adult team, Just A Little Twisted! Time flies when your having fun...or just during the average day at Blue Mountain Farm.
Mapaca Photo credit belongs to Michelle Morrison
Happy Easter to everyone! Today is a day that I always look forward to. My family always gets together, my mom always prepares the meal, and then we spend the rest of the day just enjoying the beautiful day. This year, I was given a great gift.... it wasn't a gift you can just buy, and it isn't even a gift that you can MAKE happen. It was just a wonderful gift.... What was it? Well, I have been raising rabbits for years now, but this morning, on Easter Sunday, my guinea pig, Elsa, decided to have her babies, or pups, which is what you call baby piggies. She had three of them. They are all very healthy and just adorable!
I'm not really good at telling if they are boys or girls yet, but they will definitely have Easter names. Elsa is doing a wonderful job taking care of them. They are all Himalayan marked cavies, another word for guinea pigs, but much like dalmatian puppies who take days to get their spots, the pups won't have their markings for a bit yet.
Here are a few pictures of them:
I also added another surprise this day, a pair of pigeons. They were sitting at our 4-H auction on Saturday and my mom and I decided to bid on them so that I could learn a bit about them. What I know so far is that there are around 310 different breeds of pigeons. People hold shows for them just like they do for dogs, cats, rabbits, and just about every other specie of animal. The breed that we brought home is a pair of Old German Owls. They are now loving their outside pen that my dad and I made.
~Posted by Madi
The traffic was heavy this week with equipment, trucks, preparations for the 4-H Auction, and the concrete trucks! The process is really starting to take form and seems to be coming to life with all of the excitement that has been going on around here! The construction for the first building has begun, which started with the excavation. Below is a picture of the hole in the bank where the bank barn will be going!
Within the same day that all of the excavation was complete, the footers were put into place and the concrete was poured!
The excitement continues as we continue with our new adventure! Last night we had our Township Meeting to obtain the approval to have the business at Blue Mountain Farms. It was quite a nerve wracking night, with a heated case being debated prior to the introduction of our quest for approval. With the case preceding us being denied, we were only a little discouraged on what our outcome might be. Needless to say, we received full approval and are ready to move onto the next phase...building preparation!! For the icing on the cake this week, we welcomed our last ram lamb to the world finishing out our lambing season for spring of 2014. His name is Charm, short for Prince Charming, sticking to the whole Cinderella theme this year. Check back to see what happens next at Blue Mountain Farm!!
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