Category Archives: Farm Animals

Sunny Spring Day on the Farm

We had such a nice day this week with warm weather and sunshine. The animals were all feeling frisky and friendly to “the staff.” Cooper, my rooster, kept following me around and clucking for my attention wherever I was doing … Continue reading

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Ready For an Orchard?

Last week, we added the next big thing to the farm. We ordered fruit trees to begin our little orchard – 4 apples, 2 peaches, and a cherry tree, all dwarfs. These are from a local orchard, as we are … Continue reading

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Carding Ely’s Mohair

This business of processing all that hair that was sheared off my goats has proven to be very time-consuming. I decided to work on Ely’s black/gray hair first, and still haven’t gotten all the locks teased apart. I like to … Continue reading

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Mohair Harvest

So, a few days after the goats were sheared, I am deep into the mohair processing. A combination of the boys having grown and a much more thorough shearing generated easily twice as much fleece as I was able to harvest … Continue reading

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First Professional Shearing

So much new here, where do I start? Last week, we took Eddy and Ely to an alpaca farm to share the services of a professional shearer. They are now so skinny and small! Here are some pictures from that … Continue reading

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Farm Disaster Month

We’ve had more excitement than I’d like this month. The big March winds last week flipped the goat shed over onto its roof. Nobody was hurt, thankfully, but we had to do some crazy maneuvering with the jeep to pull … Continue reading

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The Time Between

This is that dull time between seasons, when the winter has become boring and routine and the spring’s repeated teasing and retreating is already getting old. My animals are feeling the same way, I think. The goats are impatient for … Continue reading

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Signs of Spring 2017

We are having an early thaw and it’s fun to see all the harbingers of spring around the farm. We met this little guy in the driveway this morning and the dogs were thrilled. He “played possum” and waddled away as … Continue reading

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My Poor Ely

Yesterday, I was mystified when I checked on the goats for the night because Ely kept his head down even when I reached out to scratch his head. It was raining and cold and I had things to do so … Continue reading

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Spring Teaser

We are in a temporary thaw, with furious winds last night shaking the house and helping to evaporate off some of the excess moisture. The animals are taking this as a sign of spring and everyone is frisky. I opened the door … Continue reading

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The Babies Are Grown

Back in July I invested a small amount of cash in six baby chicks. I purchased Isa Browns because my “Isa” was a consistent daily layer of one jumbo brown egg. I watched them grow from sweet fuzzies to gawky … Continue reading

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Foiled Again

Perhaps I am just an overly nervous, first-time goat mom. I have put them into the barn several nights now, out of fear that they’d be too cold out in their shelter. But I am beginning to think it is … Continue reading

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The First Really Cold Night

It is one of those days I just feel grateful to be able to sit in a snug, warm house. Listening to the howling wind shaving the edges of the dry snow off all traces of my afternoon footprints, I took pity … Continue reading

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Where is Everybody?

I went out to check on the chickens and tuck them in tonight. Even though I’ve put a heat lamp in the coop to give them twelve hours of light, they had filed into the coop for the night at … Continue reading

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Wooly Sweaters in the Cold

Angora goats produce thick, warm mohair as their profession. When it is washed and sorted it is as soft and sweet-smelling as can be. On an outdoor goat, though, it gets dirty, stiff, and smells pretty much like a farm animal. … Continue reading

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Visiting Dignitaries

We are babysitting our daughter’s two little doggies for a few days and enjoying their discoveries on the farm. They are adapting gradually to our schedule and finding their places in the pack running around the house. This afternoon we … Continue reading

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Ramping up Defenses

Since our goats demonstrated that a little plastic fence will not contain them anymore, we brought out the big guns. Yesterday, we installed six-foot metal T-posts with insulators to attach another electric barrier. This time, it is only a small rectangle … Continue reading

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We’ve Got a Problem

Since my two mischievous goats discovered the fun of getting into the chicken coop, they are routinely breaking down the electric fence posts and invading foreign territory.  We went out for the afternoon and came home to find them lounging … Continue reading

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The Shadow of Winter

It frosted last night, prompting us to attend to the goats’ winter quarters. We nailed a nice tough tarp across most of their shelter to keep out the worst of the wet winds. Eddy and Ely were really curious about … Continue reading

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Getting My Goat

It turns out my goats have a sense of humor! I have made it my schedule at the first of every month to trim their hooves and give them their de-worming medicine, and here it is, October. My husband has … Continue reading

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