Wednesday, January 28

Lessons


Jiminy
Originally uploaded by duanekeys
Pictured here is Jiminy and his twin sister (in the background) Cricket bouncing towards the camera. Baby goats are so cute when they're playing.

Sadly we lost Jiminy yesterday to what we believe was CDT. It was pretty traumatic for Jennifer and me. We were confident that we were doing everything right: vaccinating, controlling food intake, etc. We've been told we have to expect some losses even with vaccines and vigilant care, but that doesn't stop the guilt and "what ifs."

Monday, January 26

Ghost says cheese


Ghost says cheese
Originally uploaded by duanekeys
I couldn't resist posting this one!

DIY Goat Feeder

I built this nifty little hay feeder from plans on goatworld.com. I modified it slightly to include a roof that's hinged. It seems to work really well, and the goats only tip it over when it's empty, ha!

You can see Snowflake and Sampson along with their mother, Ghost in the background. Stocky little ones aren't they!?

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Bouncing Baby Goats

Things have been crazy busy on the farm the last few months. Our journey into the world of goats continues on. Pictured here are some of our bouncing baby goat kids running towards Jennifer. They're just so dang adorable! Princess, Jiminy, Cricket, Bella, and Stella have a great time bouncing off over turned buckets and bales of straw. Soon our two newest arrivals, Bugsy and Gander, will be doing the same. I can't help but smile when I call "Baby goats!" and they all "baaaaa!" back in unison. Jennifer and I can actually pick out their individual voices!

We just finished up ice storm preparation, hopefully it's for nothing:
  • all water tanks are topped off
  • extra bedding has been applied to all three goat barns
  • all feeders are full of hay
  • some slight rearranging of kid warmers and heat lamps is complete
  • wood hauled in and fire going

Should we loose power I should be able pull the generator out of the garage (it was test started last weekend) up next to the well house and plug in the well and run a cord in to the house for the furnace blower, as well as plug in minimum necessary kid warmers in the barns.

I hope everyone fares well during mother nature's latest. How do you prepare?


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Thursday, January 22

Buh Bye Wild Blue

I can hardly believe it, but I have DSL service now on the farm!

Overall, the WildBlue experience has been tolerable. It's better than dial-up, but that's not saying much! The latency and inconsistent performance was frustrating. Perhaps not having to wait on pages to load will encourage me to blog once again...

Hoops

The greenhouse hoops are up. My
buddy Timmo came out last weekend with the welder... these hoops
aren't going anywhere. Next up is to build the ends and attach the
plastic. I considered straw bale construction but the learning curve
is probably too long for the time that I need to get the greenhouse up
and usable.

Any one have any tips? I think 2x4s treated will work for the ends to
hold a door, fans, and chimney...