Category Archives: Farm Animals

The Taming of the Lambs

If you’ve been following this blog, you know that I brought home two Shetland Lambs in May to fill the hole in my heart from losing my black goat, Ely. I let them out into the pasture on their second … Continue reading

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Clean, Fresh Goat

Poor Eddy was hot, sweaty, and panting in the sliver of shade under the big wooden spools. It was a heavy humid day with no breeze and I decided we’d both benefit from a hosing down. I got a halter … Continue reading

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First Garlic

This is our first experience harvesting garlic, and what a haul! My husband planted it last October, and let it sit all winter and spring. Finally, you dig it up after the leaves begin to brown, wash it off, and … Continue reading

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Catalpa Blooms

I love our one large tree, the catalpa we saved from the mow-down ten years ago when we created the wildflower prairie.  It grew so fast that it now dwarfs the house and in June it dazzles us the most … Continue reading

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Peaceable Kingdom

Everybody seems to be getting more comfortable together out in the barnyard. The lambs hang around with the goat a lot of the time and leap over each other to get out of the way when he swings his horns … Continue reading

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Springtime Trial and Error

Dot and Cookie, the new lambs in the barnyard, are adapting pretty well. They seem to have bonded with the goat, although he throws his weight around more than I’d like. He crowds them away from their breakfast, and yesterday … Continue reading

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Some New Stuff

My husband has been creating things while we are trapped at home. (Trapped from his point of view, blissfully home from mine.) He ordered blueberry and raspberry bushes this year to add to our perennial crops. The blueberries were local … Continue reading

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Fighting Worry

I think anxiety breeds more anxiety, and these crazy times threatening illness and loss are getting to me. I try to keep my head down and focus on the farm, limiting my exposure to the news, but worries seep in … Continue reading

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Mineral Block and Lamb Video

When I finish using up the goat-only feed, I’ll put out the sheep-goat mixture for everyone and I’ll have to provide the extra minerals, (particularly copper), that are needed only by the goat. In preparation for that, I bought a … Continue reading

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Watching for a Bond

I am very hopefully watching my three wards for signs that they may develop some bonds of affection. Certainly, the sheep have that with each other. You’d think there was a short invisible rope between them because when one changes … Continue reading

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Goodbye and Hello

I’m sad to say that we weren’t able to pull Ely back from his illness and had to have him put down last week. Our farm animals are pets, so while it is not as devastating a loss as when … Continue reading

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Goat Mischief

I’m treating my goat for a bad case of parasites, and the vet gave me a really strong medicine requiring a dose every day for five days. She estimated him at about 200 lbs and based the dosage on that. … Continue reading

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Spring Dying

My goats are four years old, so I have 8 sessions under my belt of dying their sheared mohair. The first few times I was so careful and methodical about it, checking and double checking all the instructions and taking … Continue reading

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Spring Maintenance

Working on maintenance tasks is good for holding onto a feeling of control in the midst of …not that feeling. There is plenty of that kind of activity on a farm, lucky for me. My horse chestnut tree has buds … Continue reading

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Living With and Loving Farm Animals

Killing time with farm chores seems to be a good remedy against sitting and worrying about the effects of the pandemic. Everybody still needs me to take care of them and in turn they take care of me. The chickens … Continue reading

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Winter Calm

It has been a relatively quiet, mild winter so far, just a day or two of heavy snow. This is the perfect time to do lots of indoor work – knitting, spinning, rug-hooking. Even so, I have not been as … Continue reading

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Groundhog Day Boost

Someone told me that today is Groundhog Day, when I commented on the welcome change of sun bursting through the clear blue sky. I guess that is bad news because that sleepy old rodent will see his shadow and scurry … Continue reading

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Caught In The Act

I went out to collect the eggs tonight in the dark. The days are so short now that if I head out just before dinner it is already dark, but I still gather the eggs and top off the animal … Continue reading

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..and BOOM, it’s winter.

Here in Michigan, we just got our first big dump of snow. Switch from rakes to shovels and from jackets to heavy coats. I was feeling pretty smug about getting ahead of the game on our winterizing chores, but now … Continue reading

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Fall Shearing

Over the last few weeks, I sheared, dyed, and carded the mohair from the two goats and am proud to say I have it all “done and dusted”, as my Irish friends say. This time, I did it all by … Continue reading

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