It’s the start of goat breeding season! Before you dive in and hire a stud or buy baby goats, it’s important to learn about a few diseases goats can carry and transmit to their babies so you can do what you can to prevent the spread of illness and ensure your next generation of goats are healthy. [Read more…]
I’ve been working on making goat milk soap over the last few months. Yes, you can make soap out of milk! It’s crazy. Seriously, dumping a bunch of coconut oil, goat milk and a handful of other things into a bowl and ending up with soap in a few hours is a very cool homesteading experience. It’s been a nice way to use up all of this extra milk that’s been taking up the frig, but it’s also nice knowing exactly what’s going into it since soap gets rubbed all over your skin every day.
I’m still working on perfecting my recipes, [Read more…]
Rocco was found wandering around a neighborhood after a monsoon storm last month. A good Samaritan named Tracy brought him to us after an unsuccessful search for his owners.
Rocco is a very tiny bantam ameraucana / Easter Egger chicken. He is quiet, shy, and not at all aggressive. He loves eating fresh fruits and veggies and goes crazy over his mealworm treats. (YUCK.) He would love to find a flock of his own and a permanent coop to call home.
Rocco is available to a good home for an adoption fee of only $1.00! Contact Us to set up a time to meet him.
Update: Rocco has been adopted! He has a great new home in Queen Creek where he can free range with a flock of his own. : )
Low point of my day? It was not going to the dentist and discovering a new cavity. It was not shovelling dirt in 110 degree heat. It was when the goat drank my mango margarita. He seemed pleased.
We’ve been working on installing some new fencing out in the pasture, splitting it into two separate sections. The goats have had fun “helping” with the project. Betsy, Supervisor: Dozer, in charge of shovels: Dozer, also in charge of tools: Buttercup, chewing on the fence posts: Betsy, eating the grass off the tops of the clumps of dirt we dug out of the hole. Apparently this is better than “normal” grass: Mo, standing on the not-quite-dry concrete and leaning on the not-quite-set post: Mo, standing on top of Goat Mountain: It would certainly be easier to work with this little herd tucked away in their stalls, but it wouldn’t be nearly as entertaining. : )
The baby goats are spending the afternoons away from their moms to encourage weaning. I feel like such a meanie, but it’s good for them to get used to exploring on their own, and it encourages them to eat more hay and grains, which is going really well. Peabody asks to go out every half hour or so, just to check on them. : ) Such a good babysitter.