C&D Farming..oh what a life!

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Will you be changing your name to Goatfarmerpa1? ;)
Actually I think I should. I decided last night to sell 5 ducks. They are my lag behinds. They never go in the barn. They never come when called. Etc. so, if anyone wants to but some PA ducks, they are only $10, very lazy and don’t lay eggs... a great deal!! :lol:
 

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Busy day here. Had that out of town Dr visit. I see a Rhuematologist for something called Rheneuds. It’s a circulation disorder. Hands and feet turn purple and I lose feeling and they are painful.. For years I would get ulcers on my toes every winter. I take 5 meds for this issue. This appt the Dr said my feet and hands are the best she’s 3ver seen them! I said it’s because I’ve gained 15 lbs and started a farm...I wear wool socks and Muck boots all day and night. She was very happy. Me too!
We stopped at McDonalds on the way home. We have gone 3 times since Christmas. We don’t go there ever, but, it’s hard for me to gain weight and I like their ice cream cones, so Chris helps me by eating something too:). I didn’t finish my cone and let Muggs eat it. I wasn’t paying attention and all the ice ream toppled out and fell all over him, his jacket and into my lap! :(. What a mess we were! So, Muggs, and our outfits got washed after the trip...he didn’t mind...he loves a blow dry!! :)

The other day when we had the storm, we did our chores early. But, we forgot to close the chicken coop Because we were going back out at night to nurse the triplets. Well, we we forgot and the wind must’ve blown the door shut from the storm. The next morning, 8 grumpy, but safe chickens showed up very hungry to greet us. My egg count was off that day, but figured as much. Today I went into our upper garage to get sawdust that we planned when we built the barn. In the giant box, were 8 nicely piled up eggs! I asked Chris if he put them there and forgot to get them back out, but, nope, our chickens found a warm place to hold up for the night of the storm!! So, today my egg count was up to 34...and I’m going to try to pretend they were all laid today...:)

other than that..a good day! The snow is already coming for tonights storm. Going to get 5-7” more now. Plus the temps are dropping down to zero or below by Friday. Only good thing about that...it’s usually too cold to snow. :)

ok, thanks for reading..good night!
 

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Verrry busy day. I must say...it feels really good in this ‘line of work’. I get a lot done, and it feels good. Even though I don’t actually make money, I make myself happy, and little critters happy, and Chris happy..so that’s enough. :). Anyways..today was delouse day in the barn. Great. Next time I use that powder, I’m wearing a hazmat suit! The vet said use the powder and the ivermectin, then I’m covered on all the bases...so, that’s what I did. Hope it works!:fl I felt bad for the babies because they coughed when I patted them down..baby goat kids coughing..too cute! Then I took my little fat baby goat on a walk with the leash. She does ok, but the momma doesn’t like it so she gets the baby upset. So, I went and got a leash for momma. Well, all the animal crackers in the world weren’t going to do it today. :(. She was great putting the collar on, but the big scarey leash thing was too much. When I pulled her horn, it was game over. So, that a was a BIG mistake! Ugh. I kept opening the pen door to try to let momma come out to me to the leash, but then she’d go back in. Any tips? It’ll come. As Chris says, they never did that thing before. Chris made a funny mistake today.... We have a small piece of plywood up at the bottom of the gate in front of Slim Jim, our feeder pig...because, he likes to try to get out when Chris goes to feed him. As I’ve seen now, from picture of the pig palace, we could do a feeder, next time, from the outside. Anyways...Chris went in to feed him, and Jim pushed through! :lol: I had just come in for a break so didn’t see the shenanigans. I guess a Jim did a bit of wiggles, but ultimately really wanted back in for his feed!! Chris got lucky!! Worst part...he had to lift that fat pig up over the plywood!! :lol: I’d have laughed! But, really though...it was very lucky that Chris wasn’t hurt....but very funny now! I’m still having to help the triplets a bit with nursing. I think it’s mostly because Busty makes too much milk? She’s always sooo huge! But, they seem pretty full in their tummies. I milk her out a tad, and then put them up. They take a bit, but not a ton. It was suggested on my other thread that her milk production will adjust as they grow, etc. it’s tricky to know if I should milk her...Idont want to let her be engorgEd and not nurse....yet, I don’t want her to overproduce. Fine line. Sure I’ll figure it out. Also trimmed Stormy’s hooves. She has a slight limp, though it might be a hoove. But, I really think it’s because she got stuck in the baby box yesterday. She’s sooo overprotective of those twins that she crawls in the box with them! She’s a FF. I was kind of the same way with Ben , never slept in the crib, but on the floor next to it.:lol: already getting more snow...and the temp has dropped to 11*. It’s a sheet of ice out there now, so I’m actually looking forward to the snow to cover up the ice! Alright, goodnight, thanks for reading! :)
 

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I had ducks for a short time. Pekins and runners. They NEVER shut up! They don't sleep at night like chickens, oh NO! An acorn might drop and they have to quack about it. I butchered all the Pekins, found a home for the Runners.

Don't feel bad about the ducks......Let's see...… goat poop versus duck squirts poop---WINNER! 1st place goes to the goats. Cute, cuddly, funny goat babies versus unfriendly ducks that won't come home at night (probably getting drunk at a strip club) --- WINNER!! Goat babies win!
 

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My thought i extra milk for you. You can keep milking her in the morning and you can alwayd freeze milk as well so score in my book. Lol I have three that are allergic to a1 cow milk so we were buying goat or a2 milk goat milk is 16 dollars a gallon anf a2 is 10 dollars a gallon... with my two sons go through two or three gallons by themselves then add hubby who goes through about one on his own. And then milk for my oldest daughter and me it gets overly expensive.
 

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My thought i extra milk for you. You can keep milking her in the morning and you can alwayd freeze milk as well so score in my book. Lol I have three that are allergic to a1 cow milk so we were buying goat or a2 milk goat milk is 16 dollars a gallon anf a2 is 10 dollars a gallon... with my two sons go through two or three gallons by themselves then add hubby who goes through about one on his own. And then milk for my oldest daughter and me it gets overly expensive.
Very true...very used to drinking 2%... I guess I could add a little water, or is it like that? Tastes like whole milk. Good, but, a bit too sweet regularly. How do I keep the hay out of my bucket? Let me guess...a diaper...and then use that to make cheese too? :lol:
 

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Very true...very used to drinking 2%... I guess I could add a little water, or is it like that? Tastes like whole milk. Good, but, a bit too sweet regularly. How do I keep the hay out of my bucket? Let me guess...a diaper...and then use that to make cheese too? :lol:
duh! Have you never heard of a diaper bucket??
 

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Very true...very used to drinking 2%... I guess I could add a little water, or is it like that? Tastes like whole milk. Good, but, a bit too sweet regularly. How do I keep the hay out of my bucket? Let me guess...a diaper...and then use that to make cheese too? :lol:
You can add the goat milk gradually to your 2 percent milk until you get used to the change....goat milk is awesome, espically when it is cold . Or you can make the cheeses, soap, feed it to the chickens. Make butter....there is much to do with the milk ,
I used to use a strainer on my milking container then use a paper strainer to filter milk through into the bottles...
 
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