My Go-To Goat Resources

My Go-To Goat Resources

It’s hard to believe but we’ve only had goats for a little over a year. (It seems like much longer!) We did a lot of research before ever bringing home our first two goats, and I’m always reading and learning more. Below are a few of my favorite resources — websites, forums, books, and more — for good information on goats. If I missed any of your favorites, please feel free to share them in the comments! Goat Websites and…

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For the Love of Chickens

For the Love of Chickens

Sometimes I feel like the chickens on our farm don’t get enough attention any more. Of course, they’re well-fed and cared for, but I don’t talk about them or post as many photos as I once did. But they’re the ones that started all this. Those three Buff Orpingtons in the photo above (plus one more Buff and two Production Reds) were the little flock that started everything, three years ago. Mike and I were living in my grandmother’s old home, a…

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Wifi Cameras in our Barn: Getting Geeky for Kidding Season

Wifi Cameras in our Barn: Getting Geeky for Kidding Season

Our kidding season is coming late this year, and we only have one pregnant doe, so I was lucky to have ample time to do something I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time: set up a barn-cam.  Why? Well, like many (if not most) other homesteaders and farmers, I work away from home most of the week. While I make sure to check on my animals as much as I can before and after work, it’s still not…

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Showing Goats for 4-H at the 2016 Albion Fair

Showing Goats for 4-H at the 2016 Albion Fair

Last week was fair week and Ben’s got to have his first experience showing his 4-H project goats at the Albion Fair. It was a long week, but he did so well and we’re all very proud of him. He walked away with several ribbons and two trophies for Junior Fitting and Champion Fitter Dairy Goats. A huge THANK YOU to my mom who helped with Ben’s curtains banners for his goats’ stall.  Doesn’t he look so handsome all dressed up…

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Weathering the Storm

Weathering the Storm

Obviously, I’ve been very absent from this blog all summer. To be honest, I’ve been very absent from life this summer. I’ve spent the better part of the last couple months in front of a computer, working like crazy. You see, I found out my job situation was–well, a bit up in the air– and my solution was to hustle-hustle-hustle freelance work. (I’m a web developer and freelance doing custom WordPress development and design.) It’s scary being the main breadwinner of the…

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Homestead Updates, July and August 2016

Homestead Updates, July and August 2016

Why hello there, sadly neglected blog! It’s amazing how fast this summer has gone. While it’s technically not over yet, the leaves are already starting to change and hint at the fast approaching autumn. So how did we spend our summer? Ben’s 4-H Ben is wrapping up his first year in 4-H with the fair next week. His project was his Nigerian Dwarf goat, Reese. It’s been a huge learning experience for the whole family because neither Mike nor I did…

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Homestead Updates, June 2016

Homestead Updates, June 2016

I’m a couple days late, but I still wanted to share our updates for what went on around the farm throughout the month of June 2016. But first, a reminder: Mike and I will be launching our Little Red FarmCast podcast later this month. If you want to be the first to hear when it launches, sign up for our mailing list! Laying Hens If you follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter you may have seen that a rooster joined…

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Meat Chicks Moved to the Great Outdoors (a 3.5-Week Update)

Meat Chicks Moved to the Great Outdoors (a 3.5-Week Update)

Saturday morning, I opened the barn door to find one very confused meat chick looking at me from outside his brooder. Clearly, they were getting big enough to hop or fly or otherwise foist themselves out of the brooder, which said to me: Time to go outside! Thankfully their new home didn’t require much work: I took the string trimmer and knocked down some of the tall grass in their pen-area, re-attached the ladder inside their coop, and set up…

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