I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees, and in the heat of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods. Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup. ~Wendell Berry
Thursday, April 28, 2011
One Step at a Time
Let me start by saying how much I love our little goats.
I am a nurturer and nothing feeds my soul like caring for animals.
Especially baby animals who think I am their mama.
They have also been a good project for the girls and I,
because everyone wants to be held and cuddled at once
and I don’t have that big of lap (and hope I never do).
BUT every time we get one challenge out of the way,
there is just another to follow.
We are in the process of #4 as I speak.
What makes this a challenge is that the goats are still at our place in town.
If they were at the farm full-time, they could scream their little heads off
all they wanted and we would just get through it.
If they do that in my garage . . . well they can’t do that in my garage.
So, this is going to be a longer process then it should be.
They get their full bottle morning and night and
only partial bottle the other two feedings.
They are not happy with me, but are pretty quiet.
They are offered alfalfa hay and Quaker Oats sprinkled with milk replacer.
We also gather dried leaves and grass for them,
as well as let them out to gather their own in the afternoon.
They go to the farm with us whenever we go and
manage to find a plethora of palatable items to ingest.
My goal is to get them to be at the farm full time by mid-May.
Which brings us to
We have been working on our goat fortresses.
Only this year, the problem is reversed.
I build not to keep the goats in, but to keep predators out.
Much like the thinking that goes into building a chicken coop.
I worry that I can’t keep them safe.
Which brings us to:
#6 Establish a Herd
Well, I guess breeding would fall in there somewhere,
but the whole point of this process is to maintain a healthy dairy herd
which will provide milk and pleasure for our family and our family business.
Every step is a challenge.
We will get there – one step at a time.
If I can just keep these little buggers safe.
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and have a great weekend!