Like a walk through the country side living on a small farm is full of daily surprises, sometimes wonderful and amazing, and other times puzzling and sad. I hope you will walk with me as I live out my dream of living on this tiny farm. You will come to know the dogs, cats, Shetland sheep and chickens that make up this farm and what goes into keeping them happy and healthy. Come and join the journey with me.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Contest! Books for Prizes!

Object: Guess the gender of the six kittens born here August 6th. There are hints in previous blog posts, or if you don't want to take the time to look back, just give it a guess. Interesting thing about cats--colors are sex-linked depending on who the the sire/dam are and their color. I knew that a couple of colors in cats are almost always one gender, but didn't realize the rest of the story. Google it if you are interested. I found it quite fascinating. If only Shetland sheep colors were that predictable....

Hints: 1) The daddy to the kittens was most And you know that Butterfly (the mom) is a black/yellow/white calico.... 2) There are three boys and three girls.

Rules: Contest will end next Friday, September 11th at noon. Winners will most likely not be announced until Monday, September 14th. Enter only once, please. I can only ship to the USA, but if you want to enter anyway and you are in another country, please feel free to, just for the fun of it! Winner gets first choice of a kitten...or okay, one of the three books listed below.

What I need to Know: Gender of each kitten listed below. To make it easier I've numbered them. List number and sex of kitten in your entry. First person that lists them correctly wins. However, if no one gets them 'exactly' right, I've thrown in a bonus question. How much does Sage weigh? Hint--he is a big kitty, and stands 13 " at his shoulders and is 34" long (including his tail) more or less. He wasn't real happy about being rousted from his nap for measurements. So the person that first gets all the genders correctly wins. However if there are two or more that do not get all the answers correct, but have an equal amount correct, then the Sage weight guess will break the tie.

Here are the kittens:

#1 -- Orange Tabby

#2 --Black/Orange/White Calico

#3 -- Solid Black

#4 -- Black/Yellow Tortoiseshell

#5 -- Yellow/White Tabby

#6 -- Solid Black

Group Shot: L-R #3, 5, 1, 6, 4 & 2

And here are the prizes: (I books about cats!)

Practically brand new--only read once. Click on the title for more information.

Cesar's Way
Very good condition. Click on the title for more information.

The Joys of Beekeeping
Gently worn..ex-library book. Click on the title for more information.

Oh yeah...and about that tie-breaker......Sage himself. (I can't help it if he looks like a dork....wait a minute..he is a dork...)

Sage says..."Think long, and hard before you make your guesses...especially about my weight"...... I say--I hope lots of folks enter and please enjoy yourself!


Journaling Woman said...

Sage is a boy. That's not the contest?

Vicki Lane said...

Okay, I'll play --

1.M, 2. F, 3.M, 4.F, 5.M, 6.F

I'm guessing 17.5 pounds

Susan said...

Mmmmm, #1=M, #2=F, #3=M, #4=F, #5=F, #6=M. Sage weights 18 lb.

Wrensong Farm said...

I've been gone for a while....but guessing....and knowing that calicos are girls and orange tabbies tend to be boys....
#1-boy, #2-girl, #3-boy, #4-girl, #5-boy and #6-girl. While I'm sure Sage is nothing but muscle....I'm going to guess 12 pounds.

Claire said...

I'm going to guess
1. M, 2. F, 3. F, 4. F, 5. M, 6. M.

(it's either that or what Vicki said!)

They're all adorable though!

Sage...big boy...but not massively pudgy....let's go with 16.5 lbs.

phylliso said...

1-M 2-F 3-M 4-F 5-F 6-M
Sage is about 12 lbs.phylliso

Allena said...

1)orange - boy
2)calico - girl
3) black - girl
4) Torti - girl
5) yellow/white - boy
6)black - boy

Sage 14 pounds of pure manly muscle and bone.

Michelle said...

Okay, I'm going with 1=m, 2=f, 3=m, 4=f, 5=m, 6=f and 18 lbs. for Sage.

Nancy K. said...

This is a FUN contest!
I'll guess:
#1 orange ~ male
#2 calico ~ female
#3 black ~ male
#4 tortishell ~ female
#5 yellow & white ~ female (like my Lily!)
#6 black ~ male

I'd say that Sage is a svelt 14.7 pounds

Shula said...

Humm ok here is my guess
1, 2 and 5 F
3, 4 and 6 M

Sage weighs 17lbs.

It's lucky I don't live closer or I'd be adding to my 2 barn cats. I'm not sure Miss Kitty would like that though as she only just tolerates Sugar.