Bribes for the Goats

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Posted by kat | Posted in Our Goats | Posted on 28-11-2008

Yesterday! I went out to the garden to throw some stuff to the chickens( the coop is off the garden); as well as to put some items in the compost, as soon as I opened the back door the goats came running to the gate, as soon as I tried to catch them they took off.  I was finally able to catch Lucy; but only because she followed me into the chicken coop, and it small enought that she couldn’t get away from when I tried to grab her.  I know I shouldn’t be feeling so frusterated; at least they come running to the gate, but I want to be able to catch them any time I want, and not have to feel like I am playing catch me if you can.  I know from experiance with other animals; that is going to take time and that I just can’t give up, I keep bribes on hand and when they let me do something with them, I give them a handful of treats.   I have yet to find any places they like to be scratched; and I am not even sure that they might have one, even though I see them scratching on things all the time.   I am trying to get them both used to the dog style zipline; they seem to do ok on it, they have gotten themselves tangles a few times but nothing harmful.  I have them on the zipline; so that I can let them out to eat other sections of things, and still work on getting the fence up with out worrying they got out.   The first section we are fencing is about 1acre; and we will keep adding a fenced section as we can afford it and have the time, we are using landscaping timbers and field fencing.    Putting up the fence has been slow going; we have had to clear some underbrush, just to get the roll of fencing back to where we are going to put the fence.   We have also had to be very careful; as they did not mark our property line very well, and we are having to double check everything.  To have them come in and mark the property line enough to put up a fence; it would cost between $500-1,500, when I asked how they clear the properyt line they said they have 2-4 people who come in with brush hooks and or weed eaters and clear it that way.  That is exactly the way we are clearing it now; why pay someone that much to come in and do something I am perfectly capeable of doing.

Seeds and sprouting

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Posted by kat | Posted in Gardening(herbs, flowers,veggies and trees), Uncategorized | Posted on 28-11-2008

OK! So usually; I buy things that have already been started to plant in my garden, one of the reasons is I never had good luck getting them to sprout or stay growing, the second reason I guess is I like to enjoy things sooner and I am a tad bit lazy at times.    So this year; I decided to try and do as much from seed as possible, and then transplant to the garden, I did not use the peat pod like I usually do.   I bought two bags of potting soil; one is for vegetables and the other is regular potting soil, I mixed it together and put the soil in the 6 pk containers I had.   I have gotten everything I planted to sprout so far; but they start looking wilted and pinched at the shoot.   I am hoping; that by letting them be outside during the day, and only in at night that maybe it will take care of the issue.  I have two kinds of lettuce; Black seed simpson and a head lettuce, I really want to find some seed for red tipped lettuce, I tried it for the first time last year and fell in love with it.   I have hree kinds of Spiniach; Melody, space saver and bloomsdale, and I even sprouted an apple seed as well as a pomengranet seed.  My oldest daughter; brought home some orange seed from lunch last week, and we are going to sprout thoses as well since she insisted we try it.   Even though I know it’s a little early to start tomatoe’s indoors; I decided to go ahead and try it, you are supposed to wait 6 weeks, before your actually going to plant them to start them indoors.  You are not supposed to plant tomatoes; until March 15th, at the earliest so I should have started them in Feb.   I am so excited about getting my garden going and getting stuff from it.

Hope to have eggs soon

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Posted by kat | Posted in Our Chickens | Posted on 24-11-2008

Most of the chicken’s I have; were hatched May 10th 2008, I am hoping that I will be able to get eggs from them soon, they are about 28 weeks old, so I am going to wait until the first of the year before I get to worried.  The two hens that I do have that are old enough to be laying; stopped laying after they hatched eggs.  I am not sure if that has anything to do with it; as I know that the heat and the cold will cause them to stop laying.   I am almost tempted to stick a heating light out there for them; as I have heard it will help with both keeping them warm and with giving them more light, and then they will possibly lay eggs year round.   I am still working on making my coop warmer; for the chickens as well as a bit more rain free, as I found a few leaky places this last rain storm we had.    I really enjoy hearing the chickens out cackaling and clucking; the bantam rooster is very funny to listen to, he thinks that he is a bigger rooster.  When he’s crowing it just makes you want to laugh; our other rooster has just started to try and crow, he sounds like he is being strangled, at first is startled me.   Right now I am feeding layer pellets and scratch mixed together; this will help them with the extra energy that they need while it is cold, they are also let out every day to roam the garden and so they are semi free range as well.  I also have shredded paper in all the nesting boxes as well as on the ground for them; my two older hens refuse to lay in the nesting boxes I made.

Queen’s of the picnic table

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Posted by kat | Posted in Our Goats | Posted on 21-11-2008

Our goats are starting to get a little more friendly; not that they will always let me catch them,  I usually can catch Maggie and then her sister Lucy will follow.  Yesterday; I was even able to catch Lucy, but she really did not like it much.  That same day we came home from school around 3:15pm; and found both Lucy and Maggie on top of the picnic table, the girls found this particually funny.   I have asked Zac to look into bringing me home a spool or two from work; I have been reading where the electical wire spools make great goat jungle gyms, as long as you make sure you cover any holes that they might get stuck in.    Yesterday; I also found out that they like the kids cereal, our youngest(3 years old) was out eating a bowl of cherrioes and Maggie ended up finishing them off.   Lucy likes carrots; but not the raisins which maggie likes, they both seem to like the bread I gave them yesterday.    Today I think because it was a little cold; they were frisky and I am hoping that is the reason I could not catch Maggie, to let them out to graze.  Because we do not have all the fencing up, I put Maggie on a zip line and Lucy stays close by.   I am hoping to work on the fence tomorrow and Saturday; so that we can let them graze when ever they want.   They have done an excellent job; of eating anything they are willing to eat in my garden, but I know that won’t keep them happy for long and they will need more than just the grass that is left to feed on.   Once you catch Maggie; you can pet her as much as you like, she doesn’t seem to like her stomach rubbed or her legs messed with.  I am sure that they will get more friendly; as I spend more time with them and they get to know us better,  we have only had them a month.    I have several good websites that have tons of information about goats; one of the sites is called Homesteading Today; the other’s are yahoo groups which I found by doing a search for goats in their group search.

Our Garden

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Posted by kat | Posted in Gardening(herbs, flowers,veggies and trees), Uncategorized | Posted on 21-11-2008

 

Our Garden

Our Garden

We grow a garden each year and my kids help me out when they are not digging giant holes.   I grow radishes, lettuce, spinich, strawberries, potatoes, tomatoes, peas, corn, and grean beans.  I am going to try and plant okra and artichokes this year; and I am even going to try and plant more of an orchard this year than just the blueberries.

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