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So far so good!

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…

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Added by Adrienne on December 2, 2011 at 7:23pm — 1 Comment

Hurray for Small Victories!

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…

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Added by Adrienne on November 26, 2011 at 10:54am — 1 Comment

Don't Drink the Water!

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!…

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Added by Adrienne on November 23, 2011 at 12:06am — 4 Comments

5 days of herbs.

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…

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Added by Adrienne on November 13, 2011 at 10:47am — 2 Comments

First experience with herbals

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…

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Added by Adrienne on November 10, 2011 at 6:51am — 3 Comments

HOUSE update!!

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…

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Added by Adrienne on November 8, 2011 at 12:22am — 1 Comment

It's A Love Hate Relationship.



So this morning while I was cleaning the doe pen the girls were out eating leaves under this mysterious fruit tree that we have. I came inside to get something and David said " I see four big goats outside." and I said " What? I only let the girls out, who is it?" So I looked and it's my…
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Added by Adrienne on November 2, 2011 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

It finally happened...

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…

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Added by Adrienne on October 8, 2011 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

Got a job!!

Hi everyone!

 

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…

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Added by Adrienne on June 26, 2011 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Life update!

 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…

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Added by Adrienne on May 3, 2011 at 5:14pm — 4 Comments

Why do I always work at places that close?

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…

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Added by Adrienne on March 25, 2011 at 3:25pm — 1 Comment

RIP Care A Lot's Pecial

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…

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Added by Adrienne on March 14, 2011 at 4:39pm — 14 Comments

Super excited!

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…

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Added by Adrienne on February 7, 2011 at 10:15pm — 3 Comments

DOE UPDATE...and to whether or not to whether?

Both does have come into heat and been bread. Now we are waiting to see if they come back into heat in 5-7 days. If so they will breed again. Looks like we will be having kids at the end of January!



I just finished 7 days in a row at work. I feel like it just whirled by. Sam is getting friendlier.. which is good. I could be wrong but it seems like he waits to get petted after Stanley, who always runs up first.



When I bought these boys I did not distinguish between… Continue

Added by Adrienne on September 9, 2010 at 3:20pm — 3 Comments

Exciting news in my world of goats!

I am getting TWO DOES!!!! YAY Hill Country's Indiana and Pine Shadows Isabel. Since my bucks are only NDGA registered I have decided to weather them. My mentor has agreed to breed the does for me, So they won't be here for another month or so. But the great news is we should have some very nice kids in January/February. AND I will also be buying a different buck for my girls from my mentor around kidding time. I will then have a weather to put with the new buck and a weather to put in with my… Continue

Added by Adrienne on August 26, 2010 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Oh the peeping!

I convinced David to let me get 6 baby chicks from the feed store recently. I think they are getting on 4 weeks old now. By next week we will have to split them up into separate cages because they will be too big for the 2x2x2 transport cage we have them in now. I need to get him out there building another one...We have them inside right now because it is so freakin hot, and because the goats (probably Stan) decided they would pounce on top of the wire lid...no one was hurt. So now while I am… Continue

Added by Adrienne on August 5, 2010 at 11:12am — No Comments

I love it when I realize how smart I am!

OK. So it's the Saturday after payday and I have not been able to figure out a solution to my mineral problem. So as I am doing my goat chores today before work I suddenly have a stroke of incredible smarts!

I don't know how to express to you how little David likes to spend. If there is a cheap solution we have to find it...There has to be some medical condition that forces this level of thriftiness...

I was getting ready to give up and order the little mineral buckets this morning,… Continue

Added by Adrienne on July 24, 2010 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

The goat update!

I got their registration forms in the mail today, but the breeder forgot to sign the transfer portion, so I sent them back, but hopefully I will have them back to send off to NDGA by Monday or Tuesday. I talked with the registration office and they said it will take about a week for me to get the papers back from them. I am also sending in the membership and herd name application. Hopefully we will get our first choice! :) If the parents are only registered with NDGA it looks like I won't be… Continue

Added by Adrienne on July 20, 2010 at 8:14pm — 4 Comments

My first week with goats

WOW, What a week!



DAY 1: We went to pick up the goats in the evening. We couldn't find anyone with a dog crate, and the only kind we have is made of nylon. So we just covered the back seat in towels. It took us a while to catch them, but once we did it was a quick transaction, and I did not get kicked by that stupid horse again. Which is good...It took them a few minutes to settle down once we got in the car. I sat in the back with them and petted them while David drove. When we… Continue

Added by Adrienne on July 11, 2010 at 11:20am — 8 Comments

They must think I am filthy rich!

Now I know fencing is never cheap, but this is just ridiculous. I have been looking at feed lot panels like the ones WG4 has and in my area they are between $50 and $90 each! I looked online and found some for $19 each. What I find amazing is that for one foot less height wise they are $16 online and $22 in the store. I will eventually need 3 pens and MAYBE 4. If I buy all the panels together online they are cheaper even with shipping! Has anyone had success with 3 ft high fence? Or should I… Continue

Added by Adrienne on July 3, 2010 at 2:27pm — 8 Comments

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