Goats

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Goat Herding

Goat Herding

After almost four solid months with a larger-than-anticipated Nigerian Dwarf Goat herd, we've finally sold the three doelings we wanted to and are down from 11 to our final 2017 herd of eight: Thee mamas Three doelings One buck One wether I won't pretend that I'm not a bit sad to see the three doelings go, despite their insatiable appetites.…
Shown, Unshown – July into August

Shown, Unshown – July into August

Oh, how I've missed you all! And so here I am again, trying to document and share after being absent from this space for much longer than I'd hoped, planned, or anticipated! Realizing it is mid-August (how the heck did that happen), we're way past due for a catch-up and so, instead of baraging you with 15 different posts, I'll…
Shown, Unshown – May into June

Shown, Unshown – May into June

This post could have easily be called, "On remembering why we started". Though I microblog a lot these days, there are times I'm not sure how to even address the battles happening on the farm and within myself... And so I wait to find the right words at the right times to put in this space so as to properly…
Seven Kids in 14 Hours

Seven Kids in 14 Hours

Whew...they say things come in waves...and in threes...and so, boy do I have a story for you! As the title alludes, we had seven kids born within 14 hours here this weekend...Saturday afternoon thru Sunday morning. Lucy started showing signs of labor late on Friday evening. Pawing a bit, begging for pets, and lying real still. Saturday morning brought us…
Kidding Prep

Kidding Prep

We've got three extension cords running the property to power the baby monitor and a shop light down in the Goat Barn... The Emergency Care Bin down in the Garden Shed (which is right next to the goat's yard)... And clothes, jackets, hats, and headlamps all laid out on the Dining Room table. We're checking vaginas and udders, pin tendons…
Shown, Unshown – Marching into April 2017

Shown, Unshown – Marching into April 2017

I want to start off this post by thanking each and every one of you for your thoughts, prayers, and well wishes (whether spoken or left unspoken) as we've processed our losses. Your care, compassion, and intentions for us are all so deeply appreciated. I realize that the last couple of posts here have highlighted the grief we have experienced…
Shown, Unshown – February 2017

Shown, Unshown – February 2017

Shown Our newest member of the family has officially been named! Though it took us a full two weeks, calling out for suggestions, and so much discussion, we finally settled on the name Arco.  His full, official name is Arcoiris, meaning rainbow.  He's falling in nicely with everyone except Mr. who still isn't quite sure how he feels about having another boy…