Drought, Drought and more Drought.

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Posted by kat | Posted in Gardening(herbs, flowers,veggies and trees), Our Chickens, Our Ducks, Our Goats | Posted on 29-05-2011

It seems like every year just about since I moved here to Georgia, that they say it’s either the hottest or driest year ever.  This year seems to following the same pattern, it’s almost the end of May and we have already hit triple digits, either because of the heat index or by actual temperatures.   I always try to use containers to catch the rain water, which I then use to water the garden and other plants, it has been so hot that it dries up or I have to top of the container’s from the hose.

My grass is usually nice and lush until at least the middle of June, but this year it is already turning brown, except for where the animals have splashed water everywhere.

My garden hasn’t done much this year, because between the heat and lack of rain, even with me trying to water at least every other day or so, half of what I planted didn’t make it.   I do have some tomato plants in  two Topsy Turvy’s that my husband bought me that are doing well.

The goat’s who usually have plenty to eat and I don’t have to start feeding grain until winter starts, I have already had to start supplementing grain to and they have enjoyed the trees that were chopped down to make way for the fence.

I usually only have to water chickens every other day, but what with it being so hot, I have to water everyday.  The ducks seem to stay in the kiddie pool and I try to keep it as clean as possible, but with them in the pool all the time it stays rather messy.   Both the baby ducks and the chick’s, just about have their adult feathers.  I ended up with two female mallards and two male mallards, I already had one male from before, so I am not sure what I am going to do with the other two.   I may sell them just like I am doing with the two male goats.  I had bought four production red chick which were sold as pullets(females), when I bought the ducks, but I am not sure if they are really are or not.   I am still having troubles with telling if the peking ducks I have are male or female, I am hoping to figure that out in a few weeks when they start making more adult bird sounds, they are still peeping right now.

A headache the size of a goat.

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Posted by kat | Posted in Gardening(herbs, flowers,veggies and trees), Our Goats | Posted on 07-05-2011

You know the the saying goes, when you have a really bad headache?   It might be I have a headache the size of Texas or Alaska?  Well!!!!  I have a headache the size of a goat.    I mean this LITERALLY!!!!   We have four goat’s currently, two does and two wethers.  The two does are fine, haven’t given me too much trouble, the wether’s on the other hand have been a pain.   It’s not really the little wether that is giving me such a headache, it’s the almost full grown one that is giving me this headache.   I bought him as a companion to my doe, at the time he wasn’t fixed and I didn’t really care if he was able to get her pregnant or not.  The kids named him Casper the friendly goat.   He had been bottle raised and was SUPER FRIENDLY,  normally this is a good thing, but not in this case.   He tries to push the kids around at a first they think it is funny, but after a while it get’s really old.  He is very pushy, some of that is because I wasn’t very smart and didn’t get him fixed until he was a year old and some of that is because he was bottle raised.  On top of the kids not always wanting him to play with them, he is also the one the has gotten into my garden the most.  He doesn’t seem to care, that I have sprayed him with water in the face, or that I have even taken a stick and smacked him on the butt.   The day before yesterday, I had planted my pepper’s, an hour later I found him in the garden, and he had taken all the tops off the pepper plants and off of all but like 5 tomato plants.  This he had also gotten the doe (Midnight) to join him in the garden, which she normally stays away from.   He is also the one I find more often than not trying to test the fence which I have up, even though it is field fencing it still bends really well and if he tries to rest all his weight on it, it usually bends enough that he can then jump the fence.   After talking to the kids, we have decided to keep the two does and sell, give a way the two males.  I can’t wait to get rid of this headache and hopefully have my garden back so that I can have all the good veggies I want to eat.

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