Saturday, March 31, 2012

22 years married today

22 years married today - 3/31/12. The key to a long marriage - being broke and out of shape - and being able to laugh about it.

Love watching livestock-guardian dogs Jack and BarbaraJean working.

MariGold had a single buckling, Rowdy.

RhutRoh and Rowdy will be wethered and sold together. $150 for the pair. Will be available May 7th.

Guess who is already registered with the American Dairy Goat Association?

2 does have delivered, 3 to go.

Tulip is due today and has her udder ready. In the past several years, we've had kids born on our anniversary.

Cassie will be last to deliver in mid-April.

Cherry is due Apr 2nd and has her udder ready.
cutie patootie

Friday, March 30, 2012

Rhubi has accepted her kids

A beautiful sight, after the C-section, and the drugs have worn off, Rhubi has accepted her kids, and the babies are working Mama's udder. Notice how much larger the buckling is over the doeling.
Contrary to what some ignorant people think, goats like all animals (and humans), need health care.  Some care can be performed at home, and some of the care needs to be performed by licensed DVM's. Prior to getting into goats, folks need to do a lot of studying, buy goats from reputable breeders, and have a  livestock veterinarin on speed dial. 

A good link for general goat health care is:
She primarily believes in a holistic approach which is fine,
however, especially if you are inexperienced,
allow a Vet to followup behind you
to make sure your animals are in top condition.

All livestock need to be checked and treated by Veterinarian's!
Animals have health-care issues, if you have animals, have a Vet!


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Rhubi had a C-section

Rhubarb was streaming/springing heavy at 9PM Tuesday, we finally saw a bubble at 4:40PM, but nothing after that. The C-section was performed Wednesday 7:45AM.

Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats 

The Vet said it was all Rhuthie's fault, she was blocking the way of her big brother.

standing up for the ride home

We dam raise but she doesn't recognize her babies. I milked her and bottle fed the babies.  After the drugs wear off, hoping she will accept her kids.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Cream-Cheese Cake-Mix Cookies

Ingredients 1 box cake mix any flavor, 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature 1/4 c butter, room temperature 1 large egg 1 tsp vanilla (optional, depending on flavor) 1 c any add-ins
Directions 1 - Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 2 - Cream together butter and cream cheese. Add egg and vanilla and mix until well blended. 3 - Stir in cake mix a little at a time until it's all blended and then add any chips, candy or nuts, as you like 4 - Bake for 10 minutes, until edges are brown.

The cream-cheese and cake-mix mixture is always your foundation, then add in whatever suits ya. The three cookies above are all the same except I was playing around with the mandarin oranges. We liked the oranges blended in to the batter the best.

These are pretty good, not too sweet.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Eugenia and ligaments

Eugenia went broody with no eggs under her, and went broody at a major thoroughfare. I put some eggs under her on March 22nd, so she has 3 weeks to go.

Poor Cherry has been looking so miserable.  Her babies aren't due until next weekend. I hope she has CherryJubiLee in there,

Although babies aren't due until next weekend, I was going around feeling of tail ligaments, everybody still has them so no deliveries are near.
I hope Tulip has TuLu in there.

Amid the thunderstorms we've been having all day,
Mike and I have been playing
on our SmartPhones
so much fun, like Scrabble.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

just hangin'

Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

Ginger's daughter, Rhubarb.
Rhubi will be a first freshener
in approx 10 days.
She'll be 2 years old in June

Rhubi's mother.

I scratch a lot of heads.


Dark Brahma Hen

TurkeyGirl is setting on approx
a dozen turkey eggs.
She has 3 weeks to go.

Yes, we can sit around in our underwear,
we don't have any human neighbors.
Mike & SweetPea.

Dark Brahma Hen
a great chicken
for colder climates

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

itis's and developing udder

Been under the weather for the last 10 days. I never go to the doctor while it's just a cold but wait until it's turned into full-blown bronchitis. 7 days later went to an UrgentCare, was diagnosed with bronchitis, sinusitis, and laryngitis. Taking Zpack and various other goodies. Ears staying stopped up which is a nuisance.

The last few days,
Mike has been taking care of all the barn chores.
He didn't report
anything new because he never notices anything.

For me, all appears quiet on the homefront.

I go out to the barn last night,
and yet to my amazement...,
ah, these two girls are litter-mate sisters,
but do you see the difference?

One of 'em is getting an UDDER!
Hell, I didn't know she was "knocked up."

me - "Mike, a dairy-goat farmer is supposed to always have an eye out for developing udders."
Back in the house, I look in my goat journal, and see that I've noted a buck breakout back in November
(I failed to write down the date) and that MariGold was the only one I thought was in heat. She's a little young, won't be a year old until June, but at least she is fairly good in size.

MariGold was going to shown alongside Holly as Juniors, but guess she's going in the "Milking" class as
a first freshener.

Monday, March 12, 2012

eggs in onion rings

gotta try this one from
Apron Strings 
eggs in onion rings