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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Full Moon, new beginnings, babies flying!

Up late planting in greenhouse last night to get as many seedlings started before the moon hit full around 530 this morning. Tomato seedlings and celery are already up from a couple weeks ago and happy under lights. A few hardy veggies from last year's garden have been feeding us steadily, Kale plants are now beginning to produce the spring delicacy blossoms (YUM!), believe it or not the purple cauliflower seeds JR and I planted a year ago FINALLY are making cauliflower! And they are gorgeous.

My iphone is with me everywhere and has ended up being the camera of choice but it is TOO slow to do justice to flying baby goats! Sugar Pie caught in mid air coming off of our jumble playground.

Hyacinth and Tilly are preparing for their kidding next week and then Vanilla Sugar and Zion will follow later this month. Babies will start leaving to go to new homes in April as well. For the time being those brief moments between work and chores watching a field full of playing babies, or a clutch of sleeping kids remind me why I do this! Happy Spring!

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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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