When you're looking for a way to restrain your goats but don't have sturdy perimeter fencing, goat tethering may be the way to go. There are a few things to consider before you tether your goats so that you do it in such a way as to ensure the animal's health and safety. MaterialsThe following … Continue reading Safely Tethering Dairy Goats
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
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
Today has been a fairly standard day in the life of a homestead family. We (and by we, I mostly mean myself) have gotten into the discipline of purchasing more produce than we need in the gardening off season. What do I mean by that? Just that before we really got into homesteading and knew … Continue reading Homestead Update
It has been a while, friends! The last 2 weekends in a row, we've had company. Which was nice. But that means that in focusing our efforts on the inside of the house to make it a haven for hospitality, we've been doing the bare minimum outside. My husband spend the day Monday running errands. … Continue reading Homestead Update