Our family's homesteading adventures in the mountains

New kids!

Saturday was full of excitement at our house.  We had been on goat watch because our Nubian, Rita,  was due on Sunday.  Katy and I checked her before lunch.  It looked like the kids had dropped but there was no other evidence of labor.  After lunch Nick went out to check her.  He came running up to the back door.  The kids were out!  I thrust Talia into Brian’s hands and ran outside.  They were standing up, wet, and crying.  Everyone snapped into action.  We had to move them to an enclosed barn and get heat lamps on them.  Our friend and goat mentor, Amy, came over right away to help us out.  We have two kids – a boy and a girl.  They are doing well and have yet to be named but here are some cute pictures of them.

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The chicks are 7 weeks old!

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New Goats – Day 2

1.  The day starts with me convincing myself to get out of bed.  I am slightly dreading what the day might bring.  As I am putting my clothes on, I get a panic feeling – call it mommy intuition.  I pick up my pace.  I learn Katy is already outside.

2.  Katy is outside with a loose Llama and a loose goat.  Had I shown up a minute earlier, it would have been two loose goats.

3.   We try to herd the Llama first.  Our attempts are less than successful so I had for the house to get Drew.  He has a special friendship with her and I know he can get her contained quickly.

4.  Drew heads for the garage to get grain for the Llama.  The goat (who now has the name Smores) follows Drew because she thinks it is milking time.  Remembering the mess of goat pellets yesterday, we get her into a pen behind the garage.

5.  The Llama follows Drew into the first pen.  As she goes in, the second goat, Rita, gets loose.  Realizing if we don’t move the Llama down to the pasture, we will continue to play this game.  Drew successfully gets her to another area, although it isn’t easy because all she is thinking about is the goats food, which is in the first pen.

6.  Now we convince Rita to come back in.  This isn’t very easy because her companion isn’t there and she is concerned about finding her.

7.  Katy leads Smores in to be milk.  I am so happy so say it went perfectly.  She (Smores that is) is a perfect lady on the stand.  We filter the milk and now have our first milk from our little herd.

The second milking of the day is also successful.  A glimpse at day 3: it starts with more loose animals!

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New Goats- Day 1

We got our first two goats yesterday.  I am going to be posting about our goats’ first days in their new home.

1. Day begins with Brian and Katy leaving at 6:00 a.m. to drive two hours to pick up goat #1 (what a great hubby!)

2. Brian arrives home.  Goat was good on drive but the tarp and blanket didn’t catch all the goat pee.

3.  Brian heads for the shower while Nick, Drew and I frantically scrub, rinse, scrub, rinse, scrub, rinse Brian’s car.

4.  Brian is pretty relaxed about his car and reminds me that we used is car because the entire interior is plastic.

5.  Not much time passes before we realize that new goat is going to cry (until her new friend arrives) unless someone stays in the pen with her.  Katy spends most of the day with her.

6.  Milking time arrives.  It is important to point out that Katy and I have milked a goat once and Katy has also milked a cow once. So it is safe to say that we are not super experienced.

7.  We take the goat into the room off our garage a little to soon and end up with goat pellets everywhere.

8.   Finally the goat is on the stand.  What happens next would have made an incredibly funny video.  Everytime we tried to touch her utter, she kicked or stomped.  Her hoofs went in the milk pail, on the milk pail.  At one point she was standing on the pail with both of her back legs.  Somehow Katy (who is much more efficient at milking) manages to get the milk out of the utter.  I can’t say it is exactly all in the pail.

9.  We decide to dump the milk this time as it is contaminated.

10. The goat continues to cry as it gets dark.  I keeping checking outside hoping my friend’s husband delivers our second goat soon.

11.  7:37 p.m. – Our second goat, Rita, arrives.  We put them together.  They make noises, head butt each other and in general look like they are fighting.  I am told this is good bonding.

12.  Both goats are finally quiet.

Tomorrow has to be better, right?


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Compost Bins

Today Nick began working on compost bins.  We are making them out of some old pallets and he is leveling a place in a hill to set them.

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Laying Hens!

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