Life is Fleeting


Today, our sweet little blue-eyed buckling, Blue Suede, entered an eternal sleep.  He was fine last night and this morning when we went out to feed he was unable to get up.  We brought him in the house and warmed him up and administered thiamine, but he was not improving.  As we were on our way to the vet, he drew his last breath.  The end of a precious life.  He will be missed.  =(img_1715

 

Look how sweet my poodle is with him.  He is usually my shadow, but he just wanted to be near this little guy.  He kept licking him and laying by him.  I think I will change his name from Driggs to Dr Driggs.img_2007img_2013img_2009

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Happenings on the Farm


We had quite an adventure yesterday with our beautiful little 3 1/2 month old buckling.  It was wet and chilly and he kept crying out to us.  We brought him in the house and he fell asleep, but he kept getting weaker and weaker.  Next we tried a couple of home remedies, but nothing was helping, so we ended up taking him to the vet for a Thiamine shot.  His temp was so low he should have been having convulsions and near death, but HalleluYah, he is now home and doing well!  So we have a little goat in the bathroom!

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He’s very sweet and quiet and well-behaved.  A couple of times a day I let him out to walk around the house.  I think he and Driggs are going to be best buddies before he goes back outside.  By the way, Driggs has been so sweet!  He gets along with all of our animals – the cats, the kittens, the adult dogs, and the goats.  Plus he loves people too!  He’s a bit of a goof-ball and still has a lot of puppy in him, but he certainly has a lot going for him!  Just look at those sweet eyes (and the long eye-lashes!)

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On another note, I purchased a lovely little vintage 1969 Roadrunner Camper Trailer a couple of days ago.  I really like all the original paneling! I will be uploading more pics and giving more details later on, but we are going to break it in and sleep in it for Sukkot!  The plan is for it to be my home office when I can make it warm enough!  =)

 

The Kids are Here!


I am so excited to report that our sweet little doe had her kids on June 8th.  Three beautiful, blue-eyed kids.  A gorgeous little buckling, a beautiful brown doeling with black stripe on her backbone and a tiny little brown doeling with white splashes on her face and sides.  The mama is an excellent mama!  Very attentive and loving.  The babies are frisky and thriving.  All is well.

Our little ducklings should be arriving soon too!  We are getting some Indian Runner or Penguin ducks.  They are prolific egg layers and they don’t need a huge body of water.  I’m super excited!  We will add that to our menagerie or goats, chickens, dogs and cats.

Speaking of cats… we haven’t seen one of our kitties for a couple of months.  =(  He was such a great cat and only 13 years old, but he had a great life and in the wild anything can happen.  We are probably better off not knowing!  Thankfully, we still have two cats and they like each other!

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I am also *considering* getting a couple of bum lambs.  They are Icelandic and you can keep them with goats.  Here is what they look like!  They can be used for milk, meat or fiber.

 

In a week or so I hope to be traveling across the country for about 10 days.  My daughter and/or my dad will probably be with me.  I plan to stop along the way to see many people I haven’t connected with in decades!  I’m not crazy about being gone so long, but I know it will be fun to reconnect with everyone!

Farming


I wanted to give you all a little update on our farm.  Due to our recent trip out of the country, we are building it up again slowly, but thankfully we have several years of experience to assist with that!

What do we keep on our farm?

Raised bed gardens using the Back to Eden method of gardening.   Eventually we hope to have a greenhouse too!

Heritage breed chickens – our favorites are Buff Orpingtons, Barnevelders, Cuckoo Murans and Auracanas.  These are all multipurpose birds that are very versatile in the surroundings they can thrive in.  We love to let them free range on our 10 acre property.

Nigerian Dwarf Goats – these are the smallest dairy goats ~ with the sweetest milk. (can give up to a gallon per day – or MORE) We love that they are easy to manage because of their size. Their personalities are amazing and they eat less than the larger breeds.  In addition to all of that, they come in a variety of colors! This one has blue eyes.

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We buy the best goats we can – from well-known lines and with strong pedigrees for milk.  If you want to know more about our little wonder goats, use the contact form and let us know!  We’ll send you a link to our website.  Every year we have some of these cute little nigerian dwarf goats for sale!

We are valiantly attempting to have some fruit growing as well – we presently have strawberries, raspberries and a start of a wild plum tree.  Our beautiful apple tree died last spring when we got a deep frost after it had begun budding.

 

Horses, Cows and Goats…


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Hmmm, I was pondering today the cost comparison between feeding a horse or goats, so I decided to do a little research.  It turns out that the difference is not as great as I thought, but depending on the needs of your family, the goat may give you more for your $.  =)

Here are the results:

  • A quarter horse at 1100# will eat about 22# of hay per day.  That’s about $52/month
  • A jersey cow at 900# will eat about 23# of hay per day and produce 2 gallons/day on average for $52/month or 87¢/gallon
  • A full size dairy goat at 160# will eat about 7# of hay per day and produce a gallon/day on average for $15.60/month or 52¢/gallon
  • A nigerian dwarf goat at 80# will eat about 3.5# of hay per day and produce ½ gallon/day on average for $7.80/month or 52¢/gallon

*These numbers do not include supplemental feeds such as minerals, grains, herbs, etc, but with the cost of organic milk at $8/gallon you could feasibly feed another $50/month in oats, minerals and wormer and still only spend $2-3 per gallon

This means for the same price to feed one horse their hay, you can feed

  • 1 cow and have 2 gallons of milk per day
  •  3-4 full size dairy goats and have 3-4 gallons of milk per day
  • OR
  • 6-7 nigerian dwarf goats and have 3-3.5 gallons of milk per day

Better yet, with only 2 full sized goats or 3 nigerian dwarf goats you can cut the cost down to less than half while still having 1.5 to 2 gallons of milk per day for your family!  That’s a lot of milk for making kefir, yogurt, cheese, ice cream, baking and drinking with cookies.  Yum!  (for the best tasting milk, I highly recommend the Nigerian Dwarf breed!)

Further benefits… goat milk is easier to digest.  No hormones or chemicals in your milk.  The sweet relationship with your goat.  The joy of producing your own products!