Category Archives: Farm Animals

Pink and Violet

It took me about three months, but I finally spent a day cleaning and dying one goats-worth of spring mohair. I did Eddy’s white hair first because I’d bought a few new colors of dye and wanted to make some … Continue reading

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Endless Improvements, Fun Projects

We just can’t leave well enough alone around here! I’ve been feeling irritated that I often have to disconnect the electric fence in order to enter the goat pasture to dump out the water bucket or the feeding trough. It … Continue reading

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Who Are These Tufted Toddlers?

I’d posted a couple months ago about the many varieties of new chicks we’d brought home. They are now big enough that I opened the trap door on their playpen so they can learn to wander among the big grownup … Continue reading

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The Cat Came Back

Do you know that old song, “The Cat Came Back”? I remember hearing it as a child on a folk song radio show. I found it on Youtube. Well, I am happy to report that my little black cat, Emmie, came … Continue reading

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What’s New?

In a nutshell, we took an exciting vacation to Ireland and Denmark, came home to springtime sprung, a bout of viruses, and a gigantic backlog of repairs and out-of-control farm chores. I am happy to say that a month and … Continue reading

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Shearing Day, 2018

It’s that time again, and I hardly slept last night anticipating the challenge of shearing the goats. I planned ahead and got my electric shearing machine repaired last week, then stayed up into the wee hours of the morning watching … Continue reading

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Oh, Come On!

Enough already, let’s get this place warmed up. Spring is so cruel, teasing us with warm days, greening fields, and sunshine, then smacking us with cold, windy snow yet again. I even set up the goats’ summer watering trough but … Continue reading

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Field Day

Hooray, it’s that time of year again! Time to burn the prairie and mow down the old dry grass to open up the way for new green shoots to feel the spring sunshine. We divide up our prairie fields into … Continue reading

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New Breakfast Spot

Eddy and Ely are the best of friends who can’t abide being apart and will tell me so with frantic “Baaaaa-ing” when I pull one into the barn for maintenance. Still, when it comes to breakfast time, Eddy rudely shoves … Continue reading

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From Scratch – Goats to Sweater

A friend nudged me to get back in the habit of blogging. It is so easy to slip out of one habit and into another and before you know it, you are off on a new quest and forget all … Continue reading

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Snow Comes Again

I am fond of snow this time of the year. (Ask me in March and you’ll hear a different story.) We finally got our first couple inches this week and all the animals are remembering what it’s like and what … Continue reading

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Catwalk

Both my barn cats have finally been to the vet for checkups and vaccinations. The vet thinks Mickey is about seven months old, which would explain his crazy kitten behavior. Emmie finds him soooo annoying. He has gotten bolder with … Continue reading

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The Spare Kitty

My farming friends have advised me that you need more than one barn cat. This was following a scare in which we found Emmie’s twin lying in a roadkill heap out on the highway in front of the farm. It … Continue reading

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Dyed in the Wool

Technically, angora goats produce mohair, not wool, but I dug in and did the shearing, washing, and dying all in this one labor-intensive week and created some pretty flamboyant piles of colorful fiber. I am quite proud of myself. I … Continue reading

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Goodbye, Old Isa

I knew when I got chickens that they have a shorter lifespan than dogs, and worried a bit what I’d do when their time came. Well, it looks like I know now. My first generation of chickens is now three … Continue reading

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Re-engineering the Chicken Run

I got an idea this month, as I walked out through the chicken run to feed the goats and as usual, the hens all rushed past me out into the pasture. What if we had an inner wall with a … Continue reading

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Are They Old Enough?

This year’s chicks have had a rough go of it. They are seven weeks old now, and I am trying to decide if it is safe for them to be running free. You may remember that I set them up … Continue reading

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Emmie’s Visitor

It is so interesting having a game camera to let me in on what goes on at night in the barn. I have seen mice sneaking around, Emmie learning to hunt, and evidence that she has slipped outside now and … Continue reading

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Chicken Necklace

I noticed something strange as I walked out to check on the animals, recently. One chicken seemed to be dressed up with a white necklace around her neck. As I got closer, I discovered she had pecked through the center … Continue reading

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Baby Chicks in a Big Chicken World

This was the week to introduce our five baby chicks to the flock. I wanted them to still have a safe haven to rest and eat without being abused by the adults, but to be able to begin mingling and … Continue reading

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