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Discussion in 'Member's "BackYardHerds" Journals' started by Alaskan, Sep 27, 2017.

  1. Sep 27, 2017
    Alaskan

    Alaskan Loving the herd life

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    I am in Alaska...yeah, like my name, but at the bottom of the Kenai Peninsula, close to Homer, the "banana belt" of Alaska (not to be confused with the rainforest of Alaska, which is warmer).

    Latitude 59!

    I get lots of strong wind gusts, and high humidity since I am on the coast. That toasty water from Japan keeps the temps moderate...cool in summer and warm (relatively) in the winter.

    I am married, with 5 kids, all boys. Eldest is 18, almost 19, and youngest just turned 9. Eldest is going to the local community college, so still at home. All kids are/were honeschooled.

    We have chickens (a bunch of coops and breeds, bantam and standard), ducks (only muscovy), and 3 milk goats (Mocha, Feta, and Mozzie).

    Mozzie is a Saanan x Nigerian DwarF

    Mocha is 3/4 Nubian and 1/4 Boar

    Feta is full Saanan

    I built the duck coop and bantam coop myself.

    I am 7th generation Texan, 6th generation rancher ...my sister has the home place. I moved to Alaska to get away from the crowds.

    I studied ranching in college, bachelor's and masters.

    But what I do now is just to give the kids chores, and have good wholesome food for them to eat.


    OK... there where a bunch more questions on that list...but now I am pooped!
     
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  2. Sep 27, 2017
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    CntryBoy777 Herd Master

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    Well, my goodness!!....it is about dad-blame Time....popping in and out on others like ya been.....:gig.....a "How-ya-Do" that only a southern could love and understand.....:)
    We spent a couple of yrs in Adak, so not totally unfamiliar with the landscape....tho, I was really young when we were there. Really glad that ya started a journal and will look forward to the developements there....keep an eye out for the volcanos!!
     
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  3. Sep 28, 2017
    Alaskan

    Alaskan Loving the herd life

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    I can see several, but only one in the area is active.

    :D

    It has only had one big eruption since we have lived here. A thin layer of ash...but that was it. It is far enough away that lava should never be an issue.

    We do get lots of earthquakes though.

    I know a couple of people that lived on Adak.... :lol: not a highly populated island.
     
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    Alaskan

    Alaskan Loving the herd life

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    Rain again today. We have had almost constant rain for 2 months now. My pens look BAD.
     
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    CntryBoy777 Herd Master

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    Sure could use some down here, for sure....if ya'd turn the fan on High and point in this direction, I'd sure appreciate it blowing in....:)
     
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    Latestarter Novice; "Practicing" Animal Husbandry Golden Herd Member

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    Glad to see an AK journal here. :D Now, you just need to start sharing some of those pics like you've done over on BYC... Beautiful area you live in. :love
     
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    Alaskan Loving the herd life

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    pictures huh? I need to take some recent ones...

    We are starting to do fall clean-up. Getting all of the outside junk put away and cleaned up. We are STILL having trouble with the giants getting into the duck pen and eating their feed...yeah, yeah...but the giants haven't died yet (or shown any sign of bloat). We keep thinking we have it fixed up enough...then they get in again. :hu

    pictures :

    From this past spring, looking up from the front door. dog and two bucklings.
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    my 3 does in the barn
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    Alaskan Loving the herd life

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    a picture of the home place in Texas that my sister is on. All of those dots are her goats...mix of meat and milk.

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    my youngest kid, closing a gate
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    Sorry, but that looks more like a preferred environment over all the snow and crazy daylight hours :hide.....:)
     
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    Alaskan Loving the herd life

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    and yeah, yeah, I hear ya....I know I live in Alaska :eek:

    So here ya go...Alaska photos.

    15 minute drive from my house...the beach. This is low tide.

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    From spring, one of my Appenzeller Spitzhauben roos. Chamois color.

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