Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Anyway, the day-old baby chicks arrive in mid June. 25 Black Australorps, 10 Silver-Laced Wyandotts. I had ordered the new chicken coop kit a few weeks earlier, thinking it would be here in plenty of time to set it up and move the chicks from their brooder at about 1 month old. Well..... the coop took 6 weeks to arrive instead of 3 and it still had to be assembled. Needless to say the chicks outgrew their brooder BEFORE the coop was ready. With the help of Nancy and Trish we quickly built a small pen to give the chicklets some running room during the day.
Again with the help of Nancy and Trish the coop kit was assembled in one day, another day for the roofing and anotherfew hours for flight netting to cover the entire pen. Flight netting is wonderful to work with compared to chicken wire. It stretches and can be pulled tight. The chicklets could then be moved to their new quarters.
So time passes, the chicklets continue to grow. We are hearing funny "crowing" noises that sound more like a goat yelling. Finally a couple weeks ago, some real crowing! Now I'm checking for eggs everyday - none yet- but soon I hope!! I added the red heat lamp to the coop, just in time for the 15 degree frostly cold weekend. And then... the fox attack. In the middle of the day on that 15 degree freezing morning, a fox killed 7 of the young hens (the bantams are ok). Ok, so now I'm outside putting flight netting over the entire chicken run. Have to work on Monday, so didn't get all the chicken wire up around the panels. I'm keeping my fingers crossed at work. Monday evening everything is ok. Tuesday morning - as I'm doing chores - Matt one of the bantams roosters lets out this strange sound. I look to see TWO foxes right outside the chicken yard!! I run around the haystack and yell, they take off down the valley. I think ok- we're safe for the day - but NO and hour and a half later as I'm ready to head for the job I hear the dogs next door barking. I look out the window to se THE FOX coming down the fence line. I fly out the back door and down the hill (barefoot with the temperature about 30 degrees) - don't think my feet really touch the ground. By now the fox has hopped through the 6 inch square hole in the panel and has a chicken on the ground. Yelling like a banshee I scare the fox, who lets go of the chicken and tries to bolt out of the pen , is trapped momentarily then finds a hole out to the goat pen and away. The goats look rather surprised as this furry beast flies through their pen!
Anyway, the hen has a couple bites on her, but hopefully she will be ok. Used lavender oil on the wounds and gave her a drop of Rescue remedy in her mouth. Nancy came up and helped me ge chicken wire all around the pen. The chicken yard is like Fort Knox - it's even it bit hard to get in the gate. Hopefully we have foiled the foxes. We'll see if they show up again this morning....
to be continued
Friday, August 14, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
It's me again, don't I look nice with a background of green grass :) . I finally learned the sun dance, so now the grass in the pasture is really growing. I remembered to do a rain dance last night - we go 1/2"! Mom Lori says we need to remember the rain dance all summer, so it stays green.
Ok, so about THE STRAY. He's a goat. His name is Darby and he is 9 weeks old. So here's the story. A person that Mom Lori works with said she had a friend who bought a baby goat as a pet for the children - Mistake #1. They don't have other goats or know anything about goats - mistake #2. They live in the city - mistake #3. They get him when he is only 3 weeks old and bottle feed him on COW'S MILK from the store - yuck! - mistake #4. Now he is bigger and is lonely cause he can't stay in the house, he makes friends with their dog, but yells when the dog goes inside. They leave him outside all by himself! - mistake #5. So now they don't know what to do with him. The original owners won't take him back, like they said they would - BAD PEOPLE, and they paid $85 for him!!! - mistake #6. SOOOOO now he lives here......grumble, grumble, grumble - mistake #7. The original agreement was that we would sell him at the end of the summer with the other wethers, but he's so friendly it might not work.
Mom Lori says I need to be nice to him because he needs a friend. He really is ok and I'm trying to be nice - but he is weird!! I thought I had an identity crisis - this guy has no clue he is a goat!
The triplets try to play with him, but he is more scared than friendly. He lives in the Oberli house at night, cause they are the least aggressive. He has to go into the hay barn to eat alfalfa otherwise he doesn't get enough to eat. AND HE GETS A BOTTLE!!! I wish I still could have a bottle.....
The other people's children were playing "butting" games with him - mistake #8. So now we have to teach him that you don't do that to people and you aren't supposed to jump on them either.
Darby has nice coloring - black with white ears and nose - Mom Lori said it's too bad he wasn't a girl so we could add that color to the herd.
So if anyone wants a weird pet goat .......
Bye, Ar ()
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
So I've been doing this great snow dance - and it's working! We've had over three feet of snow in the month of April since I started this. BUT NOWWWWW everyone tells me I need to change to a rain dance instead of snow - good grief, I just got this pattern memorized.
So anyway it even grows flowers - Goat Milk soap flowers that is- hehe.... Mom Lori has made great flower soaps for Mother's Day. The are flower shapes in Lilac, Strawberry and Lemon Mint. There are also Spring soaps a Lime massage bar and peppermint or lavender lambs. Hmmmm I thought lambs came from ewes???
So if you want some soap send a comment with your email and Mom Lori will forward a list to you.
Bye - I gotta go run!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Even though we had almost two feet of snow we still went to visit at the Littleton Historical Museum dairy day. I went along to keep Gingerbread company. Mom Lori decided to take me and Gingerbread because we lead better than anyone else. BUT I didn't like being shut in the back of the Subaru with Gingerbread - I should have been up front with Mom Lori and Nancy. I don't really want to drive I just like to be with the people. So I complained loudly most of the trip. But the museum was fun - we walked around a lot and there were lots of people to pet me. I really like the little kids cause I can give them kisses in the face - hehe. I also like the women with period dresses cause they have shawls and aprons strings to chew on. I untied Mom Lori's apron and it fell off - hehe. I also made friends with Vic and Dave - they entertained me while Mom Lori was giving the milking demonstration with Gingerbread.
We were really tired when we got home, I even laid down in the car for a little while. I'm ready to do it again!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I'm also learning about the driving harness. It's kind of weird though, cause it goes over my nose and these things are hanging on me. But we've been practicing - Mom Lori says I'll get used to them and then we can go out in pubic and show everyone how smart and cute I am. We're going to the Littleton Historical Museum for their Dairy Day. My goat mom, Maggie, is going too. They want us to bring a milking goat and I get to go to keep Maggie company. I hear there will be lots of people - I LOVE people.
Gotta go! ()
P.S. That's my hoof print signature
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
I have listed the information about the soap. I don't have a website (yet), so if you would like to order send a comment with your email and I'll communicate with you directly. I promise to not release your comment with your email attached.
WESTFARM GOATS’ Milk Soap
Our super-moisturizing soap is made with fresh goat’s milk, honey, various blends of olive, avocado, apricot kernel, soybean, tallow & coconut oils. Some blends contain only vegetable oils. We use only high quality essential oils.
Be aware that there is very little lather from all natural soaps (lather is made by adding chemicals).
St. Patrick’s Day – limited edition special
Lemongrass & Ginger round soaps with a shamrock imprint $ 5
Is It Spring Yet?
New Mint & Honey oval bars with a bee and flower imprint $5 - vegetable oils only
Large Easter Egg Shape soap in lime $6 – limited edition seasonal special
Introducing two new fragrances for the New Year:
Patchouli – all vegetable oils
$7 per bar
Cedarwood - $5 per bar
Standard fragrances available: $5 per bar or buy 6 and get the 7th one FREE
Lavender & Honey – for sensitive skin – vegetable oils only
Orange ginger – vegetable oils only
Lemongrass & Ginger
Orange Clove - temporarily out of stock
Woodsman – rosemary, sage and pine – a scent even the guys will use
“Unscented” with no additives – vegetable oils only
The colors and sizes of the bars will vary as each bar is handmade and unique.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
1. Always be very helpful especially when Lori is working in the corral. It is good to learn how to use her tools with your mouth.
2. Always do the exact OPPOSITE of what Lori wants you to do - unless it's part of the standard routine.
3. When Lori is trying to catch a particular goat, ALWAYS run interference.
4. If it is after dark and we are still outside - it is not safe to be put in the barn - RUN
There are some others, but these seem to be the main goat philosophies.
For example, last night as I went out to do chores I discovered that Isabelle (Arlo's grandmother) was in heat - so it was time to put her with the buck (Kendal). Well of course this game that we played for at least 20 minutes involved going around and around the corrals, but never through the gate to get access to Kendal. Isabelle was definitely interested, but I was not going to catch HER! Every time I'd get close enough to almost grab her collar, Arlo would tangle himself in my legs. I finally put Arlo out by the milking stand - which he yelled about, although usually he loves it out there. So then it was Maggie's (Arlo's goat mom and Isabelle's daughter) turn to run interference. She has excellent judgement as to when to dash directly in front of me.....
Finally I turned the whole milk goat herd into the next corral which then lead to a smaller pen next to Kendal. At that point most everyone was just sniffing around in the new area - which allowed me to close a gate and let Kendal in with Isabelle. You just have to be smarter than your average goat.....
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I'm Bernedette the Head of barn security - mouse catching department. I don't have much time for this blogging stuff, there are more important things that need my attention. However everyone needs to know about me, in case you come to visit: I like cat treats and goat's milk. But NEVER bring another cat with you. Lori tried to have Nelsen live in the barn - but I made sure to let everyone know that he belonged in the house - not the barn. Nelsen is that cat over there in the picture of Lori's bio. I'm much happier now that he stays out of the barn. I do tolerate Wendy, she cleans the old milk out of my bowl so I can have fresh. Gotta go - there's a mouse under the milking stand.....
Monday, January 12, 2009
"You're not supposed to go anywhere when the winter comes. You're just
supposed to stay home". And then the anthropologists' view "Be nice to live in a
place where the pace of life is supposed to parallel natural and biological
Maybe we should pay attention to this rhythm.
A couple of years later she crawled into the pig pen to eat food scraps and was almost eaten by the pigs! She had badly crushed femur and numerous bites, but she managed to get away and drag herself across the corral to where I was feeding the goats. Well she healed fine.
We almost lost her this last summer when she developed Cushings Disease, which when given the medication suddenly caused a crisis where she almost died. But thanks to the wonderful vets at Wheatridge Animal Hospital, she is still around and doing better that she had in couple of years. The Cushings Disease actually changed to Addison's disease and is easily controlled.
Wendy lives to help with chores. If I had trained her better, she might actually have been helpful in rounding up the goats - natural Corgi instinct I think. But as it is she tries, and usually does the opposite of what I need....
So some posts will be presented by Wendy, as well as Arlo. In fact there are many voices around here that may want to participate.
That's all for now, it's almost time for morning chores - which today won't be very fun since it's snowing.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
If it weren't for my "girls" I wouldn't have the milk to make goat's milk soap, which is what I've been doing the last two Saturdays. Soap making is messy and an all day project. It was time however to restock from the holidays. This year for Valentine's Day we have created 3 new limited edition fragrances. As it cured from last week the "chocolate vanilla" turned a dark brown - it looks and smells like a brownie! I'm excited to see how the "chocolate" and "chocolate peppermint" turn out.
We have also added two more fragrances to the list of regulars : "patchouli" and "cedarwood". All the regular fragrances had to be restocked as well.
I will be adding a link where you can order these super moisturizing goat milk soaps.
Thanks for visiting - Arlo says "hi".
Thursday, January 8, 2009
"Is Bigger Really Better? Which are more economically productive, small
family farms or big industrial farms? Most people assume they know the answer,
and make a corollary assumption: that small farmers are basically asking to go
bankrupt, they're inefficent even though their operations are probably more
environmentally responsible, sustainable, diverse, and better connected to their
communities than the big farms are."