The Goat Life

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Farewell, Goat Farm

This is the final episode of The Goat Life. My niece and I have bought a house in Longmont, Colorado, and will be moving in two weeks. ...

Everybody Poops

For the first time since the beginning of March we only have six goats in the milkers’ pen. Mothra, Lezlie, Lulou, Bella, Rosa, and...

Off on Their Adventure

The Monsoon has returned to New Mexico. Last year I was flabbergasted to learn that New Mexico has a monsoon. According to weather.gov,...

Goat Song

So many things have happened on our farm! A friend from California came to trade goats with us. This is mainly to increase genetic...

Goat Tattoos

This week we tattooed the first two goats of the summer. Tattooing is required by the USDA. They use it for identification purposes,...

We Have a Peep!

We have a new hatchling this week! One morning when Jan opened the door of the feral cat shelter (where one of our broody hens had been...

Shade Cloths and Figs

Here’s another photo from my photography class: It’s Polly in the foreground, with Ocean behind her. (And parts of other goats). I like...

Hoof Boss

This week we began separating the babies from their mamas overnight. The first night was chaos. First of all, getting all fifteen baby...

Broody!

Two of our Dark Brahmas are broody. One has staked out a nesting box in the chicken coop and won’t leave it. When chickens are broody,...

Horn of Plenty

All of our milkers are now getting onto the milking stand! Jan’s campaign of patiently luring them with grain has really paid off. The...

Ancient Bones

This week on the farm we continued training the new milkers to get on the milking stand. We milk Mothra, Lulou, and Lezlie every day. ...

Chickens on the Lam

This was a week of chicken rebellions. On Wednesday, I came back to the houses after feeding the goats, and my cousin was standing in the...

Weird Eggs and Syrinxes

The sandhill cranes have left New Mexico - they’re probably in Nebraska by now. I miss their weird whirring calls, flying over every...

Done, done, done!

Kidding Season is officially over for us! I am so glad, so relieved, and so happy to get back to regular sleep! Last Friday night we had...

Chicken Precautions

Lezlie’s babies have begun doing one of the things I love the most about baby goats: hopping on top of an adult goat and riding around! ...

More Babies!

We had an eventful (and sleepless) week on the farm this week. On Thursday night Maria went into labor. We brought her into the kidding...

Waiting . . .

This week was a week of firsts for Lulou’s babies, and a week of waiting for us. Lulou’s babies got names this week. The older one is...

An Unexpected Car Ride

Lulou went into labor Sunday night. Just like clockwork. It was day 146 of her pregnancy, which was the day she delivered last year. ...

Countdown to Kidding

We are drowning in eggs, here on our tiny farm. We are now getting eight dozen eggs every week - and it’s only February! Chickens lay...