for people who love the littlest dairy goats
Nothing overly good or bad to report this week, and I am happy. Everyone, for the moment appears to be out of imminent danger and looks healthy. Indiana is getting VERY pregnant, and Brandi even more so. Brandi's udder has started, and yesterday she was breathing like Darth Vader while I was doing chores. No other changes yet, but I have started her grain and bringing her up to the porch at night before David leaves for work. She's due on the 13th (day 150) but I think we may see kids by…Continue
David was about to call the nut house this morning I was so excited I was dancing and hollering and I am still high from this an hour later!
First a recap of the changes...Dry lot cleaned really well 3 times a week, No browse. basic necessities only: Hay, minerals, baking soda, salt. Homemade herbal dewormer infusions in bottled water for the girls plain bottled water for the boys.
Yesterday was the girls herbal holiday where they got plain bottled water…Continue
Interesting development in my search for answers last week, but first some recap and back story. This summer the pumps on our community well were changed ( and their may have been other issues), so we received a boil advisory "until further notice" which turned out to be about a month. Call me lazy all you want, but you try boiling water for 16 animals and 2 people in HOT summer and only 4 burners 2 pots and 2 saucepans I promise you will pay for bottled water!…Continue
So here we are after 5 days of herbal wormer with the goats. After the first day when they ate the entire half batch that I made , they didn't eat much of it any other day.
I did a fecal on Ty who has had diarrhea for a few days that I thought was related to coccidosis. I did see what i thought were HC, but they weren't elevated the way I have seen in the others. But the meds weren't working, and he was still eating and playing well. So I decided to take him to the vet. Turns out…Continue
For the last several weeks I have been managing dry lots for my goats...bucks...well, Dream Catcher, and Does including the pen jumper Diego and the still quite young buckling. It is a lot of work to start, but once you get into a routine its not too hard to maintain. Had an issue with a really goatie smell at first in the new winter house, and I was cleaning it out every other day or so, but now it seems to be a bit better, and I can now do it with my regular whole pen cleanings 2-3 times a…Continue
We got all of our paperwork in to the lender and been approved. We will be closing on the refinancing of our home sometime this month! The mortgage will INCLUDE property tax and insurances, which it currently does not. The total savings will be about $700 a MONTH!! Can you say " NEW FENCE??" "VINYL SIDING??" or "NEW CENTRAL AIR UNIT?"
I have known I wanted to replace the fence since we moved here, but it still does it's job as far as the bigger dogs and the goats are concerned, so…Continue
POSSIBLY GRAPHIC IN NATURE
Alright, so it was that time again. My least favorite part of goat ownership....Hoof trimming.
I do this every 2-3 weeks since we don't really have any rough surfaces for them to wear their hooves down. Generally speaking someone will get a booboo during hoof trimming around here and its usually me. I have clipped a goat before...usually a little dot here or there...Little blood stop and everyone's dandy.
I started with…Continue
I know it has been a while, and I just wanted to post a quick update. I got a job doing some marketing work for a real estate office in town. The pay sucks, but I am grateful to have a job, that I am not in pain, and its not in New Orleans!! They seem to have a good amount of work for me. I don't know if it will always be full time, but at least it probably won't ever be as bad as the coffee shop. We celebrated the fact that we both have jobs Thursday evening by…Continue
This has been a loooooong month. Well at least April was. I've filled out tons of applications for all sorts of jobs...degree related and not degree related. After all that time I only got 1 call for an interview. But it was an hour away and they only wanted to pay minimum wage for a job that averages $34,000 a year in this area. So, I laughed my way back to my car on that one, and didn't get a call back.
Just today I was thinking that I was running out of ideas where to apply, and…Continue
This is the 4th job I have had where I have been laid off due to closure. And right now is the absolute worst time too! Monday will be my last day since I was scheduled off Tuesday and Wednesday and 9-5 Thursday but they decided to close at 11AM Thursday and I just don't see the point of rushing to get there at 9 and leaving after only two hours. I'll get those two hours before Monday since I am almost always on register and have to take time at the end of my shift to count down…Continue
Bad day, Bad day, Bad day....
We only go out of town two weeks a year. One at Christmas and one in the summer. I am planning now for that trip by trying to find a sitter who can milk the goats etc. So I had a homeschooling mother and daughter over this morning to help with the morning chores. I was up at 5:30 and swept the porch which is now my milking parlor. I'd say it took about an hour and a half to finish with the does, and as we were walking back to the buck pen I noticed a…Continue
Madison, the littlest goat born @ Pink Roses Farm this year is doing much better! She's still eating around 2 oz at each bottle feeding. When she eats less at one feeding tends to make it up at the next one. This evening she ate 2.5 oz. She is also not shaking anymore, and doing better every day in terms of walking and getting up. She is outside all day now except for feedings and is starting to play more with her sister and half brothers.
I have been milking her mom twice a day Since…Continue
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