Life On A Farm!!!

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Posted by kat | Posted in Our Goats | Posted on 26-03-2011

Today we vaccinated the goat’s, and we had to have the two males wethered.   I have now fully decided that, while I am fully cut out for living on a farm, I cannot be the one that does some of the farm things.   I had no problem helping fill the syringes with medication for the animals, I had no problem giving the medication, once the needle was in place.  But I CANNOT put the needle in, and I cannot be the one that takes care of doing the deed and wethering the male goats.  I had no problem holding the goat’s, while shot’s were given and I had no problems with sitting on the two males, but I have NO desire to give shot’s and or ever fix the goat’s myself.

Fluffy Duck!!!!

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Posted by kat | Posted in Our Ducks | Posted on 17-03-2011

Yesterday, I was out side and noticed that the female duck(Hen)was missing.  I figured that something might have gotten her, just like the last three ducks.  I found her tucked up next to an old dyer we had moved out side, when it had stopped working.  She is sitting on about 10-12 eggs, she is very mothering, as she hisses and fluffs up when you come near her.  As one of the kids found out, she doesn’t have any problems with trying to bite you, if you get too close.   I can’t wait to have some baby ducks, and hope that she ends up being a good mommy.  I am not sure how many will hatch, but I am hoping that they all hatch.

 

 

Milking Learning Curve

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Posted by kat | Posted in Our Goats | Posted on 17-03-2011

I was talking to a friend of mine that milk’s her goat’s, and she asked me if I was milking the right way.  I said I gently pull down and out come the milk.    I got an OH NO!!! That’s not the way it is done.  Your supposed to grip the teat with your, thumb and forefinger, trapping the milk and then your supposed to make a fist around the teat and squeeze.   The wrong way, is to grip with your thumb and forefinger and slide your finger’s down the teat.  From what she said and what I read, doing it this way, can cause damage to the udder, but squeezing with a fist does not.   So I tried it with the new way of doing it, while I was able to get some out( Maybe a Tablespoon’s worth), it’s not as easy as the way I learned.

Spring here I come

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Posted by kat | Posted in Gardening(herbs, flowers,veggies and trees) | Posted on 10-03-2011

So I finally started planting my garden, so far I have planted from seeds, pea’s, radishes, beets, carrots and lettuce.  I bought the following already started, lettuce, spinach, pea’s, red cabbage, cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower.    In April, I will plant from seed, okra, squash, cucumber, green beans, corn and will buy tomatoes and sweet potatoes already started.  I really need to go get some compost to put in my strawberry beds, but I haven’t had time to go get any, plus I would have to borrow a truck or something to get it home, so I wouldn’t have to load up the van with buckets.

 

Milking, it’s harder than it looks

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Posted by kat | Posted in Our Goats | Posted on 08-03-2011

So my doe started weaning her babies, and she is only letting them nurse when she eats her meals, which is twice a day.  A friend of mine has goats, but none of her’s are in milk right now, so she asked me if I knew how much my doe was giving, since she thought I was milking her, which I wasn’t until she weaned the babies.  So since she usually only let’s the babies eat when she is eating her grain, I figured that would be the best time to try and milk her, well! it didn’t work out that way.  I think I will start milking her, and see if I can get better at it and I will need to build a milk stand or see if I can buy one used.

She was a little antsy, but as soon as I held her collar, she wasn’t so bad.  I also didn’t think about, that fact that the kids are still loose, so I had to tie them up as they were trying to nurse her while I was trying to milk her, on top that every time I bent over, they would try and climb up me.   So I had to stop and tie them up, after I found some rope, and then went back to trying to milk her.  I have milked a cow before, but this is a bit different than milking a cow, and I figured it wouldn’t be that hard.  Long story short my doe kept knocking over the container I was trying to milk into and I know understand why most places have milking stands and what not to keep the animals in place.  I think I might have gotten a cup’s worth of milk, but I am really not sure.

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