The Kids are Here!

The Kids are Here!

Candy kidded around 8 AM Monday morning. She had one buckling (on the left in the photo above), and one doeling (on the right). The doeling is called Maizey (or “Mae” for short, as they were born on the first of May). The buck doesn’t have a name yet, but I think the favorite so far is Jigsaw because his black and white pattern on his rump looks like a jigsaw puzzle piece. I had checked on her at about…

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5 Ways to Know If Your Goat Will Be Kidding Soon

5 Ways to Know If Your Goat Will Be Kidding Soon

As of this writing (April 26th), kid-watch 2017 continues. Every day I check on Candy multiple times (both in person and via web cam when I’m away from the house). While I’m seeing some progress, we’re still not there yet. The whole family is very anxiously awaiting our first kidding here on the farm! Part of the problem is that we don’t have an exact due date for Candy. The gestation period for Nigerian Dwarf goats is typically 145-150 days. Candy…

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Homestead Updates, Mid-April 2017

Homestead Updates, Mid-April 2017

I’ve likely said it before, but springtime is my absolute favorite time of the year. The baby animals, the warming temperatures, and the promise sunnier days to come more than make up for the rain and mud we’re currently slogging through. Spring clean up is beginning: the sugar maples in our front yard have dropped countless branches that need picked up, our flowerbeds are full of leaves that didn’t get cleaned up last fall (whoops), and the barn and chicken…

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How To Make Easy Greek Yogurt in your Instant Pot

How To Make Easy Greek Yogurt in your Instant Pot

Have you heard of the Instant Pot? I first learned about them from The Prairie Homestead blog and picked one up during a sale on Amazon before Christmas. It’s quickly become one of my very favorite kitchen gadgets. Primarily, it’s an electronic pressure cooker, and I love using it for that purpose. (Whole chicken cooked in 25 minutes? YES!) Even better — it does so much more than pressure cooking: it can be used as a slow cooker, rice maker, steamer,…

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Ducklings

Ducklings

I’ll let you in on a little secret: I have mixed feelings on ducks. I think Homesteady did a good job explaining on their podcast why ducks can be so infuriating. Ducklings are absolutely adorable–probably even cuter than chicks–but then they grow up to be messy adult ducks who (being waterfowl) make a muddy, mucky mess of everything. They’re not without their positives. They lay eggs just as steadily (if not moreso) than your most prolific chickens, and their eggs are…

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On Life, Death, and Predators

On Life, Death, and Predators

This spring marks our third season bringing home chicks to raise and add to our egg laying flock. It’s our first year with ducklings and the first that we’ll have a goat kidding on our farm. Soon we’ll be tilling the earth and planting seedlings for our summer garden. Springtime is a season of new life, and that’s probably why it’s my favorite. As the days grow longer, I feel re-energized (coming out of that seasonal-blahs-funk) and full of hope. I…

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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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