Bottle feeding a baby goat

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Posted by kat | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 22-03-2016

Last year I made a deal with a lady that she got my adult doe and I got a baby girl out of it.  Last year the doe had boy’s, this year she had a doe and two boy’s.  Sadly one of the boy’s didn’t make it, and due to the nature of her labor and delivery, she wasn’t able to make enough milk for the two babies she had.   So, the kids and I drove to pick up Chrissy and brought her home, and installed her in our tub.   Where else would we put a week old goat that needs to be fed every few hours and it was too cold outside.  It was late February after all..  Knowing we were going to have to bottle feed her, I ran to walmart and bought a pack of baby bottles, cut a bigger hole in the nipple, bought milk and we were in business.  Or so I though..   She wouldn’t take the bottle at first and as mean as it sounds, sometimes you just have to force feed, until they get the idea.  Well! at 1am, you not feeling very charitable and when you have to pry open a little mouth and stick the nipple in, you can get sort of disgruntled.   She did eventually figure out the whole bottle thing and things went much smoother from there.  The kids would also help feed her from time to time and found her rather amusing.  I found her amusing until, she figured out how to get out of the bathtub and we had to cover it with planks of wood, which then had to be moved to feed her.   When it comes to eating, she is very greedy.

DNA Testing-Ancestry.com

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Posted by kat | Posted in Family Happenings | Posted on 18-11-2015

I have been doing genealogy since I was 14, and needed a good project for a my church’s youth program.  The Personal Progress program, was founded to help Young Women ages 12 to 18 to grow and become well rounded youth. What does this have to do with DNA testing with Ancestry.com?  I am getting to that, but first I sort of have to lay some backstory.

I started by talking to my parents and finding out who would be the best to talk to about family names.  I called my grandparents and got what I could from them.  This is what I started out with.

Dad’s side of the Family
Grandfather: Frank Walter Lochner born Feb 10th 1916 Clevland Ohio
Great Grandfather:  James Vaclay Lochner  he was born in Czechoslovakia
Great Grandmother: Rose Eggert born in New York

Grandmother: Helen Imogene Glass born Sept 28th 1918 Tucson, pima, Arizona
Great Grandfather: Earnest Truman Glass
Great Grandmother: Bernice Granville

Mother’s side of the family
Grandfather: Philip Berkley Kraus
Great Grandfather: Charles Augustus Kraus
Great Grandmother: Fredericka Fietshans

Grandmother: Majorie Regina Patt
Great Grandfather: Rev. Herman George Patt
Great Grandmother: Mary Alvina Wackerbath or Wackerbarth

Most of my mom’s side of the family came from England or Germany and my dad’s side came from Germany, Ireland, and Czechoslovakia.  Both sides of the family had stories that I remember hearing, about how we had several Native American Indian family members, but we were never able to prove this.  This is where the DNA testing comes in, when I first heard about it, they wanted several hundred dollars for the test.  I of course couldn’t afford that, so I waited, since it was still a fairly new concept as well, I figured it could only come down in price and get better the longer I waited.  So I stuck it on my Birthday/Christmas wishlist and one year, I got a test from my inlaws.  It was from a company called Connectmydna and this is the results it came up with from strongest to weakest.    Asia- Veitnam           Middle East/North Africa- Iran       Europe-Bosnia      Central/South America- Puerto Rico       Africa- Nigeria.  If you clicked on each area, they did list all the countries that were part of that region.    This did not match anything I knew,  and so I waited again for them to go on sale and asked again for a test.  This time it came from Ancestry.com and their results were as follows  38% Europe West  37%  Great Britain  12% Europe East and 6% Ireland.  I also had trace regions,  5% Iberian Peninsula  2% Italy/Greece and less than 1% Scandinavia, only surprise was that they didn’t detect any Native American Indian.  A friend of mine did mention that they only test 40 genes out of 700,000, so I could have some and it just wasn’t one of the random genes tested.

We are even having the kids tested to see what they end up getting with my husband being 63% Great Britain.

Talking ducks

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Posted by kat | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 07-10-2015

I got asked recently how to tell female (hens)ducks from male(drakes) ducks.  I tried to describe it, when that didn’t work, I decided to record my ducks.  So here is what they sound like.  Voice00002

Females sound more like geese(loud and honks) and males sound like what you would expect from a duck(raspy or hoarse).  Since they are all housed together, it would be sort of hard to record only one or the other.

Soap And End cappings

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Posted by kat | Posted in Sandy Creek Farm | Posted on 15-06-2015

So for Christmas last year I made soap, I ended up making about 52 bars, if your counting the pieces that were not the right size to give away.   I had hoped to make some mechanics soap for my brother for his birthday( it was in February ) and life got in the way, I still owe him the soap and my sister in law her present( her birthday was also in February)  What does soap have to do with end cappings and what in the world are end cappings?    I am not talking about the end caps for plumbing or any other number of things that have end caps.   The end cappings, I am talking about are from when your are extracting honey from honey comb.     Here is where it involves soap, certain oils and waxes do certain things to your soap and adds or takes away things as well.  I personally like a nice hard bar of soap, with 5 people in the house and living in the south( Georgia) we take showers everyday in the summer, and it wears down the soap.  I currently buy coast, it smells good, it lasts a decent amount of time and I like the price and shape of the bars.  I do not consider myself granola crunchy,  but I do try and live as healthy as possible.  I cook as much as I can from scratch, I prefer butter over margarine( we have both in the house) , I grow a garden when ever I can( mine is not doing very well at the moment), I get a flu shot every year, make sure my kids get the vaccinations they need, when they need them, I go to the Dr and get a yearly physical,  I am not AGAINST modern medicine, but if I can I will take a more natural route first.  BUT I am not so crunchy that I buy into buying only organic foods, not buying anything with food dye or high fructose corn syrup, no modern medicine and that sort of thing.    No! I am not going to start trying to change your mind, one way or another, it would take a lot more time than I have and I am trying to do better about thinking that everyone should think like me.  Deep down, I know that everyone has a right to what they think, coming from a very opinionated family, sometimes makes it really hard for me to keep that in mind.

Anyways!!!  Back to the soap and end cappings before I totally loose track of what I want to say.    So I found this recipe that calls for beeswax.  In the store beeswax is $17.00 for 1lb,  I have several friends that are beekeepers and IF I knew what I was doing, I might still have bees myself.  I haven’t had much luck with the beekeeping aspect of things, but I am going to try again and HOPEFULLY, they will like me this time around, enough to stay.   I asked a friend that I knew was getting ready to extract honey from his hives, if he would save me any extra wax and was willing to pay for it.  He said he didn’t have any extra honey and I was prepared to move on to the next friend.  I get a call from the next day( I had talked to him via Facebook on Saturday or Sunday I think it was) and he said what about end cappings?  Could you use those to get your wax?  I not really knowing how to go about it, said sure.  So he said I will bring you some.  I thought he might have a cup or two, as I really only needed a few ounces of wax.  He shows up on Monday and has a good sized tote full of end cappings and better yet there is honey in the bottom of the tub too.

Tub of end cappings

Tub of end cappings

I remember helping my dad with the bees, he had while I was growing up in Oklahoma, I don’t think I ever helped him with the honey side of things.  So my friend tells me, grab your colander, put a pot under it and let it catch the honey, then melt the wax, but use a pot you don’t mind ruining.  I have yet to get a pot, i had planned on going to the thrift store and finding one, but I haven’t had time yet.    So I wash my colander, after I take out the scraps that I was supposed to throw to the chickens, Yes! I made sure it finally made it to the chickens.   Stopped at Home Depot, bought a bucket to let the honey drip into, stuck it in my shed and proceeded to put the end cappings in the colander to drip.  I did take out three small containers of end cappings and gave one each to my parents and brothers.  One of my brothers has horrible asthma and he is hoping the end cappings which sometimes has pollen mixed in will help.

End cappings in Colander

End cappings in Colander

End capping in my cheese mold waiting to be used for soap.

End capping in my cheese mold waiting to be used for soap.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once I have all the honey I can get out of the end cappings, I then have to strain the raw honey.  I strain it through a reusable coffee filter.  This takes out any dead bees( they sometimes get in there without being seen and drown) hive beetles, grass and anything else that is not supposed to be in there.  Again while I was at Home Depot, bought a little 2 gallon bucket to put the honey in, I don’t think I should get any more than that out of the end cappings.

Filtered honey

Filtered honey

 

 

Honey from letting cappings drip

Honey from letting cappings drip

 

I had so much cappings left over, there was more than I could see in the container and I did have to go buy two more of the two gallon buckets to put it in.

 

 

 

 

 

We Have Ducks Again

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Posted by kat | Posted in Our Ducks | Posted on 11-06-2015

I broke down and bought ducks again, these are pictures of when they were little.

middle and duckling

middle and duckling

Peking Ducklings

Peking Ducklings

Ducklings in brooder

Peking ducklings in brooder

Mallard ducklings

Mallard ducklings

Peking, Mallards and baby chickens in brooder

Peking, Mallards and baby chickens in brooder

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