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Discussion in 'Member's "BackYardHerds" Journals' started by Pastor Dave, Apr 1, 2017.

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    Bruce

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    No kids adds a lot of hour to your day.
     
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    Pastor Dave

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    Yes, I bet it does, but I'm also hoping as they get older, they will take on chores to help me out some. They can do the egg collecting & feeding on Saturdays, and evening feeding & putting the chickens to bed at dusk while I am at work. I will probably also teach them all how to milk, and then if I am tired from those 6 day production weeks, they can hopefully lighten my load.
     
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    I worked second shift, it was hard to get enough sleep. Trying to go home and get right off to sleep just didn't work for me. I would run for a week or two on little sleep, then crash and sleep for 10-12 hours. My internal time clock says that I should be asleep at night. LOL
     
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    Pastor Dave

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    I planned to sleep in a little today, but it was raining and cloudy. Our bedroom is on NW side of house and the window faces the creek and trees with very little morning sun and none today. I went to bed at 1am and woke at 9:30, rolled over and planned on getting up at 10am. I heard my wife say, Is it really almost 11:00?! Needless to say, I got extra sleep today. Haha
     
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    Sounds like you needed it!
     
  6. Aug 18, 2019
    Pastor Dave

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    Yesterday my b-i-l and I built a set of bunk beds; twin over full with drawers underneath. This bedroom was originally going to be our master bedroom because of the huge walk in closet. It is a little narrow, so our bedroom furniture didn't fit. Now, we have a bigger room with smaller closet and share son's closet.

    It has a good view of the SE. You can see the fenced in yard, the garden(which is virtually empty), the chicken house, the barn, and unfortunately the dirt leftover from new finger system to septic leach field. This is supposed to settle in time so I can seed it.
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    This is one of the best views of the property, but DS chooses to keep blinds and curtains shut all the time.
     
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    Wehner Homestead

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    Lots of changes! Sounds like it’s all for the best though. I like your property!

    You mentioned goats...any idea what kind you want? I’ll have kids for sale in the spring and maybe even a couple does in milk.

    Have you tried goat milk? Have you tried milking a goat? It may be time to have that get together that we keep saying we are going to have!
     
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    Pastor Dave

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    I am considering a mini or dwarf dairy variety. I would like a pair of does and do off site breeding. I don't feel I have barn space or dry lot area to keep a buck spaced apart from a doe. I don't really want a gallon(s) daily. I prefer quarts. I have had goat cheese, but no milk, and I haven't milked yet. I will need to practice. Nothing is set in stone, but these are the points I have considered and am gearing my set up towards. I would still like to visit your place and Jill and the boys would enjoy it too. :)
     
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    Wehner Homestead

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    Couple more thoughts...I have the Nigerian Dwarfs. We are working on a Mini Lamancha program. I’ll also have some smaller Lamanachas. You can see when you are here.

    If you get does from me and don’t have them around other males or bring in goats from anywhere else, we can work out the use of my males.

    Also, Queenie is going to be a big sister this winter. I’m already on the list but I can get you the info if you’d like. They live near me and we may even be able to go for a visit when you are here.
     
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    Pastor Dave

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    @Wehner Homestead,
    That sounds good, and Spring is in my time frame for goats. I have some fencing and barn renovations to accomplish. Jill also says the purchase of a new water heater takes precedence over spending more money on animals and feed. She's on board with the ideas I have, just cautious as to my time and how much money we're spending.

    I plan to use T-posts and a roll(s) of fencing to go around the chicken house this Fall and get it operational for abt 4 layers. The building would house 12 to 16 or more, but I am considering how many eggs we want and how many hens I want to feed and care for. That may occur this Fall. Eventually I want the rabbits, Layers, and goats. It sounds like it would be very beneficial for me to check out your farm and research Lamanchas, Thanks. I am getting to a time period at work where Sundays will be the only days off, but if that would work for you guys, we would definitely drive down.

    On another note, I am looking into buying Mary Washington Asparagus starters from a nursery, to plant this Summer/Fall and get them going. Next Spring we plan to have quite a bit more to plant out there.