Saturday, February 17, 2018

1 Doberman Mix Puppy Still Needs a Home!

We still have 1 puppy left:  Hanover
A few people have been interested in Hanover, but for one reason or another no one has been able to provide a home for him yet.  He needs someone to love him and provide a good permanent environment for him.  Of course, he's getting tons of attention here (especially from 4 year-old Anna Frances) but it's just not the same as having a permanent home.
He can be rather stubborn at times, but has plenty of brains and is fairly quiet and laid back.  He's not a destructive puppy, at least, not so far, and follows me like my shadow when I'm outside.  He pretty much lets Anna Frances do whatever she wants with him, including dressing him up and pushing him in the stroller.  I got a report this morning from another sibling that she was teaching him to sit and that he was actually listening to her (but it's possible this was a bit of embellishment!)

Anyway, he has had his first 2 rounds of shots, is wormed, and has an official health certificate from our veterinarian.  He has a very sweet, loyal temperament, and should become a wonderful dog for his special person.  Please email/ call/ text if you are interested in adding Hanover to your family.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Doberman/ Heeler Puppies

More pictures/ info on my Border Collie website.
Handling/ training video below.

Gorgeous Doberman mix puppies needing good homes!  Only 1 male left.

 Mother is registered Doberman, sire appears to be a Red Heeler.  Though they are not of my breeding, these pups are being raised just the same way I raise my registered Border Collies, with lots of handling (especially by children), on a grain free diet, and in a natural, structured setting outdoors with lots of other animals.

Please email, call or text me if you are interested in one of these pups.


Males:  $325

*Sold to Cynthia*
Watchful, quiet.

*Sold to TJ*

Bouncy, determined, fearless.

*Sold to Donna*

Super friendly, loving, submissive

*Sold to Michelle*
Friendly, loves attention.

*Sold to Steve*

Females:  $350

*Sold to Teresa*
Big, bossy, fast learner.

*Sold to Jamie*

*Sold to Jordan*
Super friendly, loves attention, submissive.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

For Sale: Blossom,Jersey Family Milk Cow

It is with mixed feelings I write this blog post; partly I know we are making the right decision for our farm, but partly I will miss Blossom when she leaves.  Yes, it's time for old Blossy to find a new home.  She has been a great milk cow for almost nine years, but I want to keep her daughter from last year in addition to Buttercup (her daughter from 2012), so someone needed to go.

AJCA Registered (grade) Jersey Milk Cow, bred to A2/A2 Bull

Asking $2,200
Video at bottom of page.

 Blossom is an excellent example of the old-fashioned Jersey cow.  She is well-built, medium sized, and has a perfectly even, very strong udder.  Her feet are (and always have been) excellent.  Temperament is fairly calm and steady, though she is the top cow in the herd and will put the others in their place if necessary.  Usually very easy to handle; always submits to people.  Stands perfectly for milking.  Has nice long lactations of 18 months - 3 years, depending on how quickly she's bred back.  Generally she produces 2 or even 1 1/2 gallons per day when she first freshens, then levels off to 1 gallon - 3/4, depending on the grass.  Her milk is extremely rich and it is not uncommon for there to be 25% or 50% cream per gallon, especially in the spring.

Saturday, August 26, 2017


Fiona is our latest addition to the farm.  She is a gorgeous chocolate (or red) merle, ABCA Border Collie puppy from Hill Top Farm in IL.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Introducing: The Knights and Lady of the Round Table

We have PUPPIES!!!

For pricing, more pictures, puppy contract, and other details, please visit Sandspur Ranch Border Collies

I am ecstatic, excited, overjoyed, delighted and thrilled to introduce our first litter of purebred Border collie puppies!  Sorry for the crossed out list of adjectives...  They all came to mind when making this announcement.  :)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Of Cats and Dogs...

Ever since we got our first dog, Mama has periodically wished for a cat which would like dogs.  I used to have a hard time believing all she said about how her cats and dogs loved each other because my only experiences in that line involved excited Schnauzers, my stressed out, deaf kitty, and (later on) our whip-thin black cat, Flavia, who hates dogs, and Kep, who loves chasing cats.

Then Flavia retired from working and the rats (which are always more or less present on a farm) began multiplying way too fast, so we finally got two young kittens.  They were six week old brothers from Shepherd's Hill Farm and are the most wonderful cats.  They are sweet to each other and people, and I think they will be great ratters.  (BTW, there is one kitten left from this litter who needs a home!  Contact me if you are interested in adopting him.)

Dickon (left) and Chauncey (right)

The first time one of the dogs (Flossy, I think) walked up and sniffed the new kittens, they both totally panicked, as several scratches on my hands testified.  For a while they would spit and fluff up every time one of the dogs came nearby, but Flossy has the gentle-giant nature of her Great Pyrenees mama (Inez) and the curiosity of her Border collie sire, Duncan, so she didn't mind the fluffing, hissing, spitting, and swatting, and would just walk over to the kittens lick them until they were too soggy to spit and fluff.

So eventually, they gave it up.

I think Flossy thinks the kittens are her personal pets.  At any rate, she has trained them to be friendly with dogs, and because we never allowed the dogs to chase them at all, they have all accepted them as part of the family.

Even Kep seems to have been finally cured of his cat-chasing proclivities and has fully subsided into his role as Farm Grandpa, even providing entertainment and exercise for the kittens by wagging his tail obligingly.

"Well, what are you staring at?  Haven't you ever seen a cat hone its pouncing skills?"
But, though all the dogs are fine with the cats, Flossie is the one who really enjoys them, and they even seem to enjoy her (well, most of the time.)
Today it is raining, and everyone knows that rainy days are the best for napping.  Apparently Dickon and Flossie agree.

"See you later!"

Monday, June 26, 2017

ChickenScraps Shop has a new section: Live Plants!

Antique Lafter Rose

I am happy to announce that I am now offering live Lemongrass and antique rose plants on my Etsy shop!  Currently I only have a couple of Lafter roses available, but I am going to try to get around to rooting some Thousand Beauties (a light pink climbing rose) and Rev d'Or (a light yellow climber); possibly also some Old Blush.  These are all antique roses, which means they are old, hardy varieties which are disease resistant and grow on their own roots.
I also hope to add mint in the near future.

Visit my shop to purchase or for more information!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Raising a Family Milk Cow Series, Pt. 3: How to Train a Heifer or Cow to Stand for Milking

     So, you have a young heifer, or a cow which has never been milked before, and want her to be your family milk cow. You grab a bucket and head out to the barn to do some milking, and, lo and behold! she kicks you over and tries to break out of the stanchion the second you touch her udder.  What went wrong?

Thursday, May 25, 2017

March and April Through My Lens

Well...  here I am making apologies again.  You can tell when I am staying busy farming, and when I am just writing about being busy, because when I'm truly busy, I don't post on my blogs!  Anyway, thankfully I usually have my phone on me and take lots of pictures, so these will give some idea of what we've been up to.  Enjoy!

March and April were filled with:

Trying to get good advertising pictures of Buttercup (so we could sell her heifer.)

Spending time with younger siblings.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

February (and some of March) here on the Sandspur Ranch

For those who are interested, here is a pictorial, high-speed description of the month of February.

I got to experience what having a pack of four high-energy dogs is like when I "puppysat" a couple of my sister-in-law's Aussies.
(They are great dogs!