Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Last foal for 2009 getting close!

Loretta, our mystery due date jennet, has cloudy+ milk this morning. What that means is (usually, haha) anytime in the next 2 days she should foal.

This picture was taken a couple of weeks ago, she has been just miserable.
As always, we invite you to our barn via webcam to help us watch. Loretta will have access to her paddock and stall during the day, unless I think things are progressing. You will also see TEXAS coming and going in the back stall. She is in a separate paddock, but she and Loretta can keep each other company. Click here to view the birthing stall.
To read the most up to date information about Loretta, make sure to visit and read her thread on Marestare.com. Because people from all over the world help watch our jennets via the webcam, it is better for me to post on this message board. Click here to read her thread.

Friday, August 14, 2009

WEBSITE OF THE MONTH: Shoo fly, don't bother me!

If you have animals.... you have flies! In the past, we have spent time every day during the summer spraying our donkeys with spray to keep the biting flies away from them.

Last winter, I read an article about FLY PREDATORS and both Bill and I were intrigued. Decided to try them out for a few months, somewhat skeptical that they worked. WOW, do they work!

Click here to view Spalding Labs website. It is very informative and explains how the non-stinging wasps take care of the pesty flies.

Also, if you have animals that are not shown on the website, call them. They were very helpful to me in assessing the best quanity of flies and the schedule of mailing them to us.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Step Asside Girls.... she's comin' thru!

Well, Mia is our "drama queen" of the year! She had folks from all over watching her barncam for 2 days! But finally, her little one said..... "it's time!" And it was my birthday donkey! A cute little smoky black girl!

I took this video on my blackberry, so the quality isn't the best. But at 30 hours old, you can see she is not a "fainting flower"!

To see pictures and get her stats, Click Here!


Friday, August 7, 2009

Mia on foal watch!

Mia (PPHFarm's Ketch Me if You Kan) is on foal watch. When checked at 730am this morning she had white milk. At the moment (945am CT) she is not showing any imminent signs so she still has free access to her paddock. I will not close her in the stall until she looks like she is in early labor as she really dislikes being locked in.

To watch the barn cam, go to: http://www.marestare.com/slcam.php?alias=pphfarm

The most up-to-date information on Mia is at: http://latigo.marestare.com/forum/index.php?topic=18767.60


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Williamson County Fair starts this weekend!

The fair starts this weekend and POOLES PARADISE HILL FARM's Miniature Donkeys will be there! A few months ago we were contacted by the 4-H department. They wanted Miniature Donkeys represented in the "Childrens Barnyard" for the duration of the fair. The barnyard is more than a petting zoo, its an educational area too! We are so excited to help out.
Come on by and support the barnyard and give our donkeys a pet when you come thru! We will be there a couple times per day to check in - but the 4-H club is taking care of all their needs, so we don't have to be there the whole time. Such a great set-up!
Click Here to visit the Williamson County Fair's website.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

It's a tyger-spotted boy!

Well, it happened again! These July babies just "shoot" out - no drama at all - except watching Bill and I try to get our "catchers-mitt" on fast enough! HA!

Introducing PPHFarm's Kick the Habit, born 7.31.09 at 2:38pm!

Kicks has his dam's personality and has been so comical to watch at this early age. Take a look on our barn-cam! Do it quick, as we will be moving donkeys around this week with another jennet due next weekend.
Kicks and his mom (Shea Baha Burro) are offered for sale as a package deal. We may change our mind, so if you are looking for some cuties to add to your pasture, call us quick! 615.807.3848

This picture is one I snapped with my phone - hope to get some great pics later today and they will be posted on our farm website.