Lots going on around the homestead lately! Here's a quick update before I jump back into the work. We're expanding our rabbitry by 4 new Silver fox buns today! That brings us to a total of 3 bucks and 2 does. The mother and father doe and buck produced 2 kits, one male one female. … Continue reading Homestead Update
We've owned goats for almost a full year. In that year, we've learned a LOT, made a lot of mistakes, and learned some more. One thing we decided to try after watching the goats forage last summer was to set up a coppice system for them. For those unfamiliar, a coppice is basically a grove … Continue reading Tree Hay: Establishing Coppices for Goats
Remember way on back when I started griping and complaining and yanking out broken kitchen cabinet doors and drawers? If not, you can read about my pining away for a new kitchen here. Well, we're finally able to make some headway. We wanted to do all of our renovations debt-free, because how much of your … Continue reading Kitchen Remodel Progress
This little guy was born 5/11/21 I'll be honest, I was a bit disappointed he wasn't a little doe; I was really hoping for a 7/8 Guernsey doe to breed Fonz to in the fall to improve the genetics of our herd. C'est la vie. On the other hand, with the AI success rate at … Continue reading Our New Baby Goat
It's been a weird and exhausting several weeks. Almost as if I've been watching things from a detached perspective. I attribute this sense which I used to struggle to describe to the presemce of God leading me and carrying me through otherwise difficult things. My brain and body want to quit, but miraculously, I am … Continue reading Grief and Gospel Hope
Hello there! It's been a hot minute, let me catch you up to speed. We've had oodles of celebration lately. My little (not so little anymore) brother got hitched earlier last week so the kiddos and I traveled north for the ceremony. And wouldn't you know it, it went from sunny and 75°F to 32°F … Continue reading Homestead Update!
This is a very exciting year for me on the homestead, as it is one I have literally dreamed about for about 5 years. We are awaiting the arrival of our first Guernsey goat kids. This will be the first animal birth on our little homestead, which is very exciting. I've confirmed Luna's pregnancy, and … Continue reading Preparing for Goat Births
We have been BUSY on the homestead the last few weeks. This is of course a good thing for a lot of reasons. First, we successfully grafted a buckling to our 3/4 Guernsey doe, Honey. She was a skeptical adoptive mama at first, but we were correct in guaging her maternal drive to protect and … Continue reading Homestead Update: Goatzz Page!
We brought home a bottle baby goat this past weekend. We intend to raise him to be our breeding buck. However, as I've read from multiple sources and heard from many people I've asked about it, bottle-fed breeding males can be dangerous. What do I mean by that? Well, imagine your cute little 8lb baby … Continue reading Grafting a Baby Goat
Talk about weird days...I struggle periodically with RA-like symptoms. My rheumatologist insists it isn't truly RA.... Kind of like my mom's doctor told her back in 2015 that she didn't ACTUALLY have diabetes...but that the only thing standing between her and a diagnosis was 5 years time. Now she has type 2 diabetes. I don't … Continue reading Homestead Update