Grit Blogs > Spring Peeper Farm

Spring Goats

A photo of Lisa and familyWell, where to start.

All is well. Febe kidded last Thursday. She gave birth to identical twin boys! Not so happy. But the Lord gives us what the Lord gives us. We’ve decided that we are going to keep one and breed it to Cindi Lou Who and Esme. Maybe even Whisper.

Lisa, J and the goat kids

We had the problem of trying to name the bucklings. Dave wanted to name them “This One” and “That One.” I found it cute but I really didn’t want to name them that. At work we have two older guys working with us. They are always pulling pranks and acting foolish. Sooooooo ... I want you to meet ... “This one Arthur” and “That one Mike.” Their official names will have Spring Peeper in front of their names.

Twin buckling goats

I’m kinda worried for them. I don’t find that they are eating much. But they are looking healthy. They are getting bigger and playing and frolicking. It’s just that Febe’s udder is humunga bunga! I had to milk her yesterday, and I milked over 2 litres! And I wasn’t even done. But they must be finding milk somewhere.

I got home from an party a few hours ago and I noticed that the neighbour had a chimney fire going. The fire dept is still there. The strange thing was that she had no fire in the furnace. She just had the oil furnace going. Not good. I’ll have to ask Dave what went on. He’s in the fire dept.

April 14

Well I had to milk Febe again tonight. They are favouring one side. I got 2 litres on just one side. The poor girl was in misery. I called my goat lady and she said that I should milk her morning and night to keep her even and they’ll have enough throughout the day and night.

Cindy Lou Who the goat

Cindi Lou went to school Monday. She did well and the kids loved her. They even got to feed her. She was so tired when I left that she fell asleep in my arms on the way to the car. But she’s becoming a little minx. She’s jumping on the milking stand now, while we aren’t there, then grabbing things off the upper shelves. She is growing like a weed. She’s eating some grain now, but she won’t drink out of the bucket so she’s still on the bottle. I had to put a bale of hay on the milking stand to stop her from jumping up.

Tonight (April 15) I milked Febe, and she hardly had any on both sides, so they must be keeping her even. That’s good. But she’s got a sore on her head. I think she goes under the feeder to clean up after them and she rubs her head. I hope that’s all it is. I’m telling ya, these goats are going to drive me to drink. And I don’t drink! This morning I had so much on my mind, I got to work and I thought, “Oh Crud!! I left Febe on the milking stand!” So I call our neighbour in a panic and he went to check. No, I hadn’t left her on the stand. I need to get back in the groove of things. Is there ever a groove?

Monday we treated ourselves to lobster. It was good! We had enough for 2 meals. At $4.75 a pound, that’s pretty good. It was actually cheaper than eating in a restaurant.

Lobster is good eating.

The chicks have been moved to a larger place. I think they doubled in size overnight. Otis the calf is doing well. His fur stopped coming out. He’s off the bottle (that sounds strange) and drinking water. Soon he’ll be going to the big pasture up the road.

This coming Saturday is pig day! Everyone is coming to get their piggies. That’ll be nice. We are keeping 2 for ourselves for meat this fall.

Ok, that’s enough. I have to publish this post. It’s been sitting around long enough.

Have a blessed day!

myra_2
8/10/2010 1:46:18 AM

I wonder if it is a good idea to keep two new pygmy goats that i am getting in the backyard with my dogs that are not used to dogs. will stress make them sick. also will they jump on my car if i keep them in the front yard. they are 5yr old females. will there be a strong odor from their pen if I house them close to the house?


lisa_8
4/29/2010 6:56:04 PM

Hi Nebraska Dave! Cy-Lence would work for you if your problem is lice or mites. My husband is also follically challenged, so he now cuts his own hair. He doesn't want to give the barber next door money for half the hair. Thanks for commenting.


nebraska dave
4/28/2010 6:45:05 PM

Lisa, Spring time on the farm can really be a busy time. I’m glad to hear the Otis is getting hair where he’s supposed to have hair. Poor guy. I feel for him. However my hair loss is on the top of my head. You suppose that Cy-Lence would work for a bald human head? Just kidding. I keep trying to convince my barber that he should only charge me half price for a hair cut since he only has to cut half a head of hair. Sadly he doesn’t really see the logic in that. The twins look cute as can be. We never had goats but I did help with goats when courting my first wife who living in Missouri. I think some of the mystery meat I ate at her sister’s house could have very well been one of the goats I helped feed. I ate some really strange looking stuff but never asked what it was. I know her brothers hunted raccoon, possum, rabbit, and squirrel so it could have been any or all of those critters. Does anyone hear dualing banjos in the back ground. It’s a good thing I have a strong stomach. Actually her brothers were a real hoot and many wonderful memories were made with them. Busy farm life makes for good sleeping at night. It’s just a good thing to go to bed tired.