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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Merry Christmas 2013

OK the major event of December has nothing to do with goats...directly. After looking at the perfectly south facing green metal barn roof with solar in mind for the past 10 years...AND attending green energy fairs for just as long...finally a reality. Because all of the components are now made in Washington, and the universe of finance has lined up in conjunction (at least that is what I think it is, could be perfect trine as well), it became not only cost possible, but cost effective to do. My daughter's boy friend Joey put the big red bow on top as the finishing touch to this project. And, YES the Pacific Northwest is a good place to invest in solar energy.

On other notes, the goats have finished off the two truckloads of pumkins scavenged after Halloween and have been chowing down on left over christmas trees that granddaughter Aliyah and I scavenged yesterday. It smells wonderful in the barnyard right now. 

Babies will start arriving in just over a month as the two Nigerian Dwarf senior does are due in the final week of January. Ruth and Gracie will be due in February, along with Hyacinth. 

Soaring Heart's First Lady came back to the farm hopefully bred to Carpenter Ranch Perseus. She was one of only two MN doelings born on the farm in 2012 and had been reserved. Since that year, I no longer will promise a kid just in case we have another "buck" year to beat all odds. It is a joy to have back the daughter of Bravo and Lady Gaga. Sweet, quiet and small like her half sister Hyacinth. 

Muppim has had a difficult month and appears to be on the mend. He is totally addicted to his "tonic" of Molasses, karo, corn oil and Kefir with a squirt of red cell. We know he is feeling better as he is once again dominating his wether Star!


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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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