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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Spring update

I'm getting a slow start to working on website this spring, but not a slow start on the farm! Working a "real" job, daughter and three grandchildren now living and working on the farm has made this place a little bit ....hmmm....busy? Anyway...Brown Sugar kicked off the kidding season with 4 healthy adorable quads two does two bucks. once again she did this with grace, quiet and in the middle of the day all by herself. GO BROWN SUGAR! quads.jpgI have decided to keep one of her doelings this year. The past two years her doeling stories have been a little bit sad, so we'll try to turn that around. Not yet sure which one tho! Next Miss Jelly decided to deliver twin bucklings in the middle of the night while I was away at my nursing convention in New Orleans. Like a good goat farmer in training, my daughter Alysha had that sneaking feeling that night and went out to check on her around midnight and sure enough she was in labor. Good thing Alysha had attended the Country Farm Living Expo class on Lambing and Kidding, she got to use those skills to help deliver both of the pretty boys.jellysmallboy.jpg Alysha and Jelly were both exhausted but fared well! These cuties will be neutered and sold as wethers.jellybigboy.jpg Next; in the lineup are Gaga, Paris and Tilly due in about 2 weeks.
In the greenhouse the veggie starts are already outgrowing the space. Today the 140 tomato seedlings get their first transplant to 4" pots. Lettuce, kale, broccoli and spinach are ready to go out into the garden after they get to spend a week hardening off. Spring is definitely here.

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Winter Wonderland!
The snow has been falling steadily for the past few days. What that means on the farm is more indoor time for all of the farm animals EXCEPT the Dogs! They love the snow.
 Goats aren't fond of, but do fine in the snow as long as they have a place to escape wind and wet, but they do still need good ventilation.At this time of year I actually let stall bedding build up a bit as the manure and urine help create some heat. However, amonia fumes can cause respiratory problems. Several things I have learned over the years include placing bedding pellets in the base of the stall and regularly top dress with wasted hay (they do this for me!), and straw. I also keep the doors to the stall open since most of the areas are draft free and this helps with air circulation. Also, If I can smell it, they are breathing it...this is my clue that it is time to add bedding, or clean it out.
The second thing to be concerned about is fresh water that is not frozen. This is true for all of the farm animals. Over the years I have carried many buckets of warm water and broken ice on stock tanks. Last year, I purchased a heated water bucket and stock tank de-icer. Of course with goats extra care to keep them from access to chew the cords is important...but I want to tell you how nice it is to only carry two small buckets for one distant goat shelter and the poultry.
For pregnant does, excersize is really important. Whenever the weather lets up a bit I am outside encouraging movement and play, sometimes even walking a doe around the house. Enter content here

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