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digitalghost




msg:302842
 10:16 pm on Feb 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

Over the last seven days we've had seven new additions to the goat herd. Five news ones just today. Two sets of twins and a single. One nanny decided that one mouth to feed was enough so I have a goat to bottle feed. After a trip to the store to buy a baby bottle and a trip to the co-op for some colostrum the feeding adventure began. Not too bad, after the goat realized what a baby bottle was all about she took four ounces. If it makes it through the next two days it should survive. Out of the remaining goats, twenty of them are due this month.

Got a call at 7 a.m. from the post office. Thirty chicks had arrived. They're currently in the brooder in my office so I can check on them periodically until they're ready for the coop. Infrared brood lighs are definitely warming up my office space.

One of the donkeys is due at the end of this month. Another donkey is due the month after.

Not to be outdone, the groundhog that lives under the bridge at the end of the driveway had four little groundhogs trailing behind her today.

 

MatthewHSE




msg:302843
 10:21 pm on Feb 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

Not to be outdone, the groundhog that lives under the bridge at the end of the driveway had four little groundhogs trailing behind her today.

Yes, the groundhog that lives under one of our sheds is probably due any day now. I guess that means we need to wait until later in the year before "taking care of her." (Which we wouldn't even be discussing if it weren't for the fact that her ever-expanding tunnels are threatening to bring our shed down!)

vincevincevince




msg:302844
 11:20 pm on Feb 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

Perhaps you can clear something up for use brits:

What is a groundhog?

I saw groundhog day and assumed it was a fictional character...

digitalghost




msg:302845
 11:28 pm on Feb 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

Sure thing.

[conservation.state.mo.us...]

Pic [images.google.com]

They're affectionately known as "whistle pigs". They're known to create some pretty extensive tunnel works and large underground dens.

vincevincevince




msg:302846
 11:44 pm on Feb 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

Interesting - I've never seen such an odd looking animal... Something between a squirrel and a rabbit. Thanks!

willybfriendly




msg:302847
 12:05 am on Feb 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

vincevincevince - If you're a Brit, then surely you've seen a hedgehog. Now that is an odd looking animal, I would say.

Ewes are lambing to our east. Guy across the creek has about 40 head of goats, most of which are waddling they're so preggers. Should be seeing babies any day.

Our animals won't be due until fall. We switched over from spring to fall births last year.

Digitalhost, you have any experience with guinea fowl? We were considering getting some to help with bugs, snails, etc.

WBF

digitalghost




msg:302848
 12:29 am on Feb 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

Guineas tend to eat bugs and garden crops. Always had better luck with Geese. Peahens are good bug chasers too. No matter what fowl you choose you'll need to keep the lettuce fenced off or plant extra. I just plant extra.

Caution on the peafowl though, they make lots of racket if anything encroaches on their territory. They consider their territory to be their range of vision.

pmac




msg:302849
 1:04 am on Feb 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

<<<< Something between a squirrel and a rabbit

Tastes like chicken.

vkaryl




msg:302850
 1:06 am on Feb 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

Guineas are the best watch-beasts in this world.... they taste really good too....

Spring hasn't happened here yet. Horses (unless artificially "lighted") don't drop until May; sheep in March, goats ditto, cows whenever because they're ALL artificially "prompted" these days.

Right now we have 2 feet of snow, actively snowing until late tomorrow; then more coming in late Wednesday and running through the following Monday. Do NOT want anything doing babies hereabouts for a while!

diddlydazz




msg:302851
 1:09 am on Feb 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

<-- Tastes like chicken -->

LOL

looks more like a racoon to me :)

dazz

mivox




msg:302852
 1:22 am on Feb 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

Caution on the peafowl though, they make lots of racket if anything encroaches on their territory. They consider their territory to be their range of vision.

And they sound like a cross between a screaming baby and a cat in heat.

Our neighbors across the road had peafowl for years. The first time we heard them kick off, we thought something was being killed.

That said, DG when's Goat-B-Que season?

digitalghost




msg:302853
 1:29 am on Feb 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

>>season?

That would be near the first week of July. :) Plan on having a big one this year too. PorkChop and PorkLoin will be ready to put in the ground and two choice goats will be ready for the spit. Bring the beer. ;)

The little goat in my office only weighs two pounds. Looks like it will become the front yard weed whacker.

Custodian




msg:302854
 1:53 am on Feb 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

What's this, cowpoke corner?
Computers used to be my hobby, now its woodworking, animals and the garden. Guess I never got away from the animals; I grew up on a small farm.

Went horse riding Saturday - beautiful sunny day, seemed like it must have been 50 degrees excellent. Got a about a foot of snow dumped on us today. I think more is coming tomorrow. It was great while it lasted. Pulled the kids to the bus stop on sleds behind the truck this morning, that was a lot of fun.

DigitalGhost, you can keep the goats - milked too many goats as a kid. The darn things eat anything and their favorite place to stand is on the hood of your favorite car.

Geese - have six white Chinese geese. They keep the bugs down. They are much better watch dog than either of my dogs. They are actually pretty to watch. But boy do they have an attitude. They don't hesitate to bite the hand that feeds them.

Chickens - got 10 chickens last summer and I'm getting about 6-8 eggs a day now.

Thinking about getting a steer and pig this spring. Any suggestions on what type are good to raise for meat?

Varmints - I get mostly skunk. Nice thing is, they don't bother me if I don't bother them.

I think it is great that there are other web masters out there that have "green Acres". Is this a growing trend?

Custodian

vkaryl




msg:302855
 2:04 am on Feb 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

I think it would be a great trend myself....

Can't ride right now, too much snow, and the horses are barefoot until spring (which really doesn't hit here until about Memorial Day, btw....)

DG, I'll bring the beer - I ADORE bbq goat and pig!

digitalghost




msg:302856
 2:46 am on Feb 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

I ride every day. If I don't the old man (gelding) starts looking at me like I've turned "city" ;)

No dairy goats for me, so there's no milking involved. Worked on a dairy farm, I have no desire to smell dairy air.

>>a steer and pig this spring.

Charolais or Angus for the steer. Look at the pig's sow to determine whether you want to buy that hog or not.

>> Is this a growing trend?

There's always been an underlying "get back to the country" movement in the States. Not sure about elsewhere but personally, I think it's hard to deny that a good number of people, even city people, want a good bit of land to call their own. Once you have the land it's a natural step to want to make the land produce. "Internet people" seem to have an independent streak in them to begin with. Self-reliant, they also seem to have a desire to learn new things. Learn everything for that matter. Which I suppose is why it's not uncommon to find web folks that can converse on topics as diverse as non-linear wave dynamics and the best way to shear a sheep. :)

As for me, well, towns just aren't my kind of town. :)

>> I ADORE bbq goat and pig!

Me too. Uncle Joe said he'd send some elk.

</added> Think shear, type sheer, sheer embarrassment follows.

[edited by: digitalghost at 3:17 am (utc) on Feb. 8, 2005]

vkaryl




msg:302857
 2:53 am on Feb 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

Me too. Uncle Joe said he'd send some elk.

I'd do elk too if we'd got one! But we didn't, so can't help with that.... phooey.

....shear a sheep....
If you've never watched a Basque shear with "old fashioned" hand shears, you have never seen a master.[/quote]

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