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    I win. Bailey was in her doghouse on her giant pillow bed this morning. It only took a night long torrential downpour apparently. (...I have her locked out of the barn because I'm conducting a rat-a-gedon in there and she has dedicated all of her non-coyote repelling powers to trying to sneak...
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    Yellow Orange Goo Discharge from Pregnant Sheep, help please

    Meconium staining. He was distressed before birth quite a bit. Lucky little guy to have made it out.
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    Senile Texas Aggie - comic relief for the rest of you

    Hey, and it's hard to make a snowman where it doesn't snow much! That probably took MORE work than it would up here. But I bet your temps were more comfortable than they are in the winter up here. Everywhere has its perks and drawbacks.
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    :lol:You know, I'm not sure Hawaii would let us in. Our case count is higher than theirs AND nh's. Yet Mass doesn't want dirty NH's germs coming in. Watch out Hawaii, you're next? I'm sure they're quaking in their boots down there.
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    Thank you @Senile_Texas_Aggie , I'm still hoping the Mass TSC will scrape by. Leominster is not a nice place to drive and the store tends to run out of things and stay out but it just has to work well ENOUGH. And maybe I can coax the goats into eating the nicer alfalfa pellets from the feed...
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    @farmerjan ;) on one possible "technical" solution. There might be one or two others. Not that I've thought about it.
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    I would, but to curbside pickup at tsc calling or using their ap is required. I'll figure things out I'm sure. It's just annoying. I may have to come up with a technical solution if my Mass tsc doesn't work...well for us.
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    Oh bummer, looks like I can't go to TSC in Pelham, NH for curbside pick up and come back anymore according to the state. That's a pity, because the other TSC that's a similar distance away but in Mass is in a hot spot and the goats don't like the farmers' exchange ones (that are $5/bag more...
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    Farmerjan's journal - Weather

    Funny Lancaster county PA comes up. That's where DH's parents live and his dad's ancestors are from (as opposed to his mother's side, who unfortunately helped found where we are living now, then left at some point presumably because farming was not great). He was just saying not an hour ago how...
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    I think Bailey's going on 4-well past hose chewing stage. She only does it while looking at me while I'm out there doing something else that isn't her so I'm pretty sure it's an attention game. We'll get through it. She hasn't tried again since I addressed it with her. That rabbit food thing is...
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    She wants what the other animals are enthusiastic about. Remove the goats from the equation and she doesn't want the pellets. The dog has quirks.
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    Brr, 26 degrees this morning. I filled buckets and the duck pool last night when we were above freezing so all I had to do was break ice and feed this morning. That went well. I think I'll make that a habit. I really need to get the dog out on a walk and walk her into the ground. Today she...
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    Lol, somebody just grabbed those ears on both sides and stretched them right out till they flopped off to the side right and left. Regardless, she's a good girl. Biosecurity testing goes out on Thursday (her herd was supposedly clean and probably are, but you know-checking and all) and when that...
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    Lovely! And pictures are the best. I think that's why we're encouraged to share journals. Love what I can see of your farm setup!
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    My goat has a little bump on her nose

    That reminds me of human skin cancer I've seen on loved ones and not something I've seen on a goat. Can you get it looked at by a vet? I'm not sure what else it could be. She's got a black rather than white or pink snoot though, so I'm hoping I'm wrong.
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    This lamancha's pinnae are broken. Maybe some sort of trauma early in life. She needs a registered name. Her mother's name is lady as in lady luck. I may have one, not sure. Still working on it.
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    Nubian Lamancha cross

    Welcome! Goats are better without ears is what I think ;) . I like that cross. Lamanchas have some nubian in their breed history, but lamanchas are slightly milkier and a little less meaty. Nubians tend towards better feet. The kids will probably look very nubian. Have fun!
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    Farmerjan's journal - Weather

    Wow @Bruce , my great grandmother would not talk about the World Wars that she grew up in in Germany (immigrated to the US during early WW2 if memory serves). She wouldn't even speak German or let her children speak it at home. You're lucky they got someone to talk to them. I'm not sure what...
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    Coronavirus Covid-19 Is it Affecting You and How?

    Good idea. That's our policy and I recommend it.We've already had issues with teachers lashing out inappropriately at students and displaying not very adult conduct so my children are now chaperoned at all times unless I personally know and trust the teacher...and even then, kids sometimes need...
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    How ducks react to people question?

    I like them for their looks and steady, reliable laying in reference to campbells and hybrids. And here we have lyme the whole tick borne illness company in addition to a massive slug and frog issue, so their pest control and foraging abilities have been surprisingly helpful. A week or two after...
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