I'm not Martha Stewart. I'm not even close. I'm not a vegetarian. But I do care about what I'm eating and what I'm spending on eating. So, I'm eating local. I hunt and fish. I buy from the local farmer's market. I grow my own herbs and vegetables. And I'm raising chickens, geese and turkeys.
This is my blog of my farming and culinary adventures.
think trying to predict when kids are going to be born is part
guesswork, part science, and part voodoo. I’ve been checking the
prospective mothers to be and have been stymied. I generally know when
they will give birth (I keep my does in with the buck several days to
ensure that it took), but honestly,
“Goat Baby Alert! Goat Baby Alert!” I woke up to my husband’s shouts.
“Which one?” I asked, but he disappeared and hurried back down to the
barn. Just as I barely finished dressing, he had brought two very wet,
shivering kids with their umbilical cords still dragging into the house.
As usual, everything is last minute when it comes to preparing. That’s usually because I’m so darn busy doing everything else that by the time I’m thinking about the kids, I’ve realize that the pen I had the does kid in last season is housing waterfowl because a skunk killed three ducks and my best goose. My husband moved the waterfowl in that pen while we planned to live-trap the skunk.
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the homestead in Montana this past November and December, we had brutal
cold with temperatures dropping below zero for weeks. Naturally, I was
fearful the goats would have problems with it.
Unlike other livestock, goats are particularly susceptible to bad
weather such as wind and rain. They’re not like cattle and other
livestock that can deal with bad weather easily. Goats need enough
shelter to get out of the rain and the wind. Without it, you can have
your flock succumb to hypothermia and frostbite.
been about two years since I first got my goats, so when I learned
about the Yule Goat (or buck), I was intrigued. It appears that goats
have been a part of Scandinavian Yule tradition longer than Christianity
and have been incorporated into Christmas celebrations. Yule was
basically — and still is with neo-pagans — a celebration of the winter
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