The Chicks at 122

So as I’ve mentioned in a couple of previous posts, we have chicks around here again. This was totally unplanned. Somehow I managed to walk through all of the feed store “chick days” without buying any chicks. But I still ended up with six chicks. Virginia law requires that you buy a minimum of six…

All The Helpers

After a long, frigid Virginia winter and lots of deep litter in the chicken coop, it was finally time to pull out all the layers upon layers of chicken poo from underneath the roosting bars in the roost. I did not take a picture of what that looks like, because, well, because it’s basically 5…

Reuben

For the past year, I have been waiting and hoping that a stray cat would just take up residence on our little farm. But I’ve waited in vain. No such cat has ever showed up around here. I’ve had cats my whole life. I honestly cannot remember a time of not having at least one…

Goat Shed Two

After building our first goat shed, now simply referred to as the barn, we took a teeny tiny break from building anything. We spent a couple of weeks just enjoying our goats and the fruit of our labor. But then we had to get busy with extending the yard and building a shed for the…

We Are Goat People Now

It has now been over a week since we brought home our goats. I’m happy to say we have kept them all alive and well. We have been researching about Nigerian Dwarf goats for over a year, but just like everything else, much of the learning curve comes by experience and not just through books…

And We Have Goats

I’d love to say that the day had finally arrived, but that’s not exactly the right way to word that. The goats are here! Five weeks earlier than we had planned on. That’s ok though. We were up for the challenge and built a goat shed in record time under some pretty tough working conditions….

From Goat Sheds to Polishing Thrones

Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day. We have had so much rain lately. Work on the goat shed has been sporadic as we have to wait out the weather most days. The deadline to have the goat shed completed is drawing closer and closer. The plan to have a buck pen ready upon…

Musing and Visualizing

We have been blessed with some very warm temperatures for the past week. As we had unseasonable freezing temps early in the winter, we seem now to be experiencing unseasonably warm temps. But no complaints here! We have thoroughly enjoyed our winter days in the 50s and 60s. It is about to come to an…

Build A Better Mouse Trap

A long time ago, I had a great outdoor cat named Tickle. He was the best cat. Legendary in our household, well-known and well-loved by all. Being an outdoor cat, he was pretty low maintenance. But being the wonderful cat that he was, he would bring his treasures to me. Headless rats, birds, and rabbits,…

Hot Diggity Dog

When I last posted I said I was going to share about our landscaping project. Because, you know, that’s what you do when it’s the middle of winter and your freezing your tushy off, right?! I mean, what other winter time hobbies are there? I’ll keep this short and sweet and then move on to…

I Can’t Wait Any Longer

Okay, okay. I can’t keep it to myself any longer. We bought Nigerian Dwarf goats! Four actually. We don’t get to bring them home until April. They are both due in March and in April the kids will be weaned onto bottles. We will be bringing home two male kids as well. So, that means…

Warm and Comforting

What says warm and comforting better than a cozy fire and a big, fat casserole? We had a couple of nights to get down into the 20s here, so in preparation for that, we had to get some firewood delivered. We have started cutting our own firewood, but it’s still too green to use for…