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Winter Break

Posted on November 18, 2012 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The chickens are officially on their winter break. :( We've not had an egg in a week. Deep breath... That just means they will have longer and healthier laying lives, right? Maybe I'll put a light out there next week...

Fall 2012 Breeding

Posted on November 18, 2012 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I have a hate-hate relationship with buck smell. I'm not exaggerating here, I HATE the smell of goat bucks! Makes me gag. I have to go inside, strip completely down and put the clothes directly in the washer, and immeidately shower to wash my entire body and hair, any time I have to enter the buck pen.

So, I vehemently refused to have a buck for our goats. I was going to find a stud, take my does there for a month, and bring them home pregnant and happy; and give them a bath to make th...

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Our first Michigan Beekepers Association meeting

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Julian and I began dreaming of bees almost 5 years ago, when we lived in Delta Township, in the city of Lansing. We read Beekeeping for Dummies, and we knew what we wanted and how we would do it. Then I called the township to make sure it was allowed and our hopes were dashed. No bees in delta township.

However, when we knew we were moving back to the country this year, and we would have animals again, one of the animals on our list was bees, of course!

For almost a year now...

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Building a Free Pallet Goat House

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

When we bought the goats from the farmer no longer able to bend at the waist, I mentioned that if he wanted to sell his hog panels I would be more than willing to buy them. He had them stapled to his barn wall, so we agreed that if he were able to get his son to come and remove them he would call me. This week I got a call that he had them off and I could have them all for $35! We went to get them yesterday, and the goaties now have their own pen!

But this meant they also needed their ...

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We have clean goats! YAY!

Posted on November 6, 2012 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Dona from Caprice Acres came last week to assist with my blood draw and deliver my specimens to DCPAH. Got the results today and everyone is disease free! Yay! Down side, the only farm I REALLY want to breed them to costs way too much for their buck. :( Not sure how I'm going to get them all bred, but we'll come up with something. My kids just HAVE to have fresh raw milk next year...

Goat/Pig House

Posted on October 25, 2012 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, after going over finances last night, it turns out we are not able to build the second, bigger pen for the goats like I had hoped. They will have to over-winter with the pigs. We've been told pigs will run just fine with sheep and goats, and that pigs will eat a goat alive. Crossing fingers that our pigs can keep themselves together until after the snow recedes and we can put up the portable electric netting for the rotational grazing, as well as the new goat shed that will house the go...

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Rabbits bred! (I hope)

Posted on October 25, 2012 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

We put Petunia and Delilah in with Dandy this week (Luna goes in after he's had a few days' rest). Despite the season he seemed VERY intent upon his job.

So, we are reservedly expecting bunnies in about 28 days! Wish us luck, and keep checking back for status updates and bunny news!

Goat tests

Posted on October 25, 2012 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Dona from Caprice Acres is coming next week to show me how to draw blood from the goats. Then she will help me take it in to MSU's DCPAH to test for CAE, CL, and Johnes. When they come back clean we can go ahead and get them bred! Can't wait to have lovely ND milk! :) CAN wait to teach the girls to chill on the milk stand and not kick and knock the milk pail over. :(

We've got goats!

Posted on October 17, 2012 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I have wanted Nigerian Dwarves for milk for 3 years. A local man had 2 ND does and one pygmy doe and was wanting $50 each. I emailed, gave them my story of how we had goats and the kids loved the NDs best (even gave them the goats' names), and how they are allergic to milk so we want to keep goats for milk, etc. I asked if they'd sell just the 2 NDs for $75.


Concerned that the 1 pygmy would be left alone (goats don't do well alone) until sold, he gave me all 3 for $75, and ...

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