Livestock

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You’ve got to be kidding me!

You’ve got to be kidding me!

Oh boy! Do I have a story to tell you!!! It's quite long, a full three chapters, so sit back, get comfy, and enjoy the ride :-) Spoiler Alert: It's mostly about baby goats, but there are a couple of other pieces of today's puzzle I'd like to share, too. 1 - Mama Delivered!!! Late last night, just as Kim,…
New Life

New Life

The ducklings had their first peek at sunshine today! Not only is Kitty giving them just a bit more breathing room, but she actually got off her clutch for a few minutes! Of course, I didn't have my camera on me when that happened, but it was glorious none-the-less! The sweet little fluff balls are starting to push out from…
Oh Mama! (Kidding Prep)

Oh Mama! (Kidding Prep)

T-Minus 10 days and counting, and I can't imagine how much bigger Mama might get between now and her sweet babies joining us! We've spent the month of April doing our best to pull everything together for the arrival of our very first kids (and births!) on the farm. We're nervous and excited, worried and trusting, exhausted and inspired. We've…
Goat Pregnancy Watch! Day 111

Goat Pregnancy Watch! Day 111

As you might recall, on Day 86 I wrote about our wonderings as to whether or not Mama was actually pregnant and finally deciding that yes, in fact, she must have at least two kids in there! Well, now that we're about a month out from her estimated/official Kidding Day (May 7th at 145 days), she's really starting to pop!…
Goat Pregnancy Watch! Day 86

Goat Pregnancy Watch! Day 86

I've been driving myself a bit crazy trying to figure out if Mama is pregnant...reading a bunch of articles, constantly checking for signs of heat, watching her belly...all in the hope that she will, in fact, give us at least one (but maybe more!) kid in May! I am so giddy about the potential for having our very first babies…
Akuna – LGD Update

Akuna – LGD Update

Despite all of my angst around this big, white, fluffy, livestock guardian dog (LGD) of ours (between her escapes, her seemingly endless heat cycle, and the necessity for our newly installed electric fencing), I just have to say that... She is doing so well! She has calmed around the chickens and the goats and is so very gentle (though sometimes…
It had to be done…

It had to be done…

Despite our walks around the perimeter of the property... and our verbal warnings... Despite welcoming her back warmly when she returned on her own (positive reinforcement)... and locking her in her kennel when we had to go searching for her (negative consequences)... Despite her gentle way with our chickens... and the great strides she has made in┬álearning to be calm…