Although I've written a little about who I am in my about section, I didn't really talk about the animals on the farm. I think it's only fair you have the opportunity to put a name to the cute little furry face. Right now we have a herd of 6 goats, and a small flock of chickens.. The goats are dairy breeds, although maybe someday surplus kids for meat. The chickens are layers, although we have raised meat chickens (and will again this spring).
As I mentioned earlier, we have 6 goats. 4 does, and 2 bucks. Right now they are for dairy only, but may consider raising some for meat eventually. All the does are bred to kid early 2015!! I'm pretty confident in the due dates I have for 3 does, but there is one who I am completely unsure of when she was bred.
We have 8 chickens at the moment, 2 roosters, and 6 hens. Three of the hens are almost 3 years old, and the remaining 5 chickens are 5 months old. I'm waiting (impatiently) for their first eggs! SCRATCH THAT! Just a few days after writing this and saving it to drafts I started getting little pullet eggs from one of our new gals. Then I found a hidden nest...more on that later! Over the summer I had ordered 15 new female chicks. Sadly, we lost a lot due to a dog attack. The chicks were in an assortment, so I'm not totally sure of their breeds yet. I'm pretty sure we have a white Cochin, an exchequer hen (and the black and white rooster), and the black one with golden neck feathers? I think she is a black copper Marans! I am extremely excited to see the type of eggs she lays. I hope to add a few easter Eggers, this spring, along with some other poultry. These guys are layers, so I don't plan on eating any of them. That being said, they also don't have names, but they do come when they hear me call, "Chick, chick, chickies!"
Juniper (aka: Juni)
Juniper is a toggenburg, she is the herd queen, and very bossy. She is bred to kid February 25th (right around my birthday!). She gets to decide who eats what, where everyone grazes, and generally makes life misreble for the younger gals. She relishes her herd status!
Roberta (aka: Berta or Birdie)
Berta is Juniper's "sister" they were born at the same farm, and raised together. Berta is a Saanen, second in command and a real sweetheart to people. As sweet as she is to people, she is quite mean to the two young does. I think it's because she doesn't want to risk losing her place as second in command! As you can tell from the pictures she loves to eat. She should be bred to kid about April 24th.
Lucy (aka: Luc Luc)
Lucy is a lamancha, hence the tiny ears! She is towards the bottom of the totem pole. She is extremely sweet, but is kind of ditzy. She should be bred, but I have no idea when she will kid. She was the only one who didn't go into a noticeable heat. I made note of a maybe could be heat or a pregnancy related thing in October. I even started doubting she was pregnant at all! But then just a few days ago, I felt her stomach and got kicked! She is making me wait and driving me crazy! If she was bred when I took my note she would kid late March.
Ethel? (aka: New Goat)
Ethel is our newest addition, we bought her at the end of November. About two weeks before Thanksgiving I saw an ad for her and fell in love. But she was a little too expensive and I figured I didn't need another goat. She was posted again at the end of November at a lower price and I just had to have her! She is a nubian lamancha cross, and I love her coloring. She is the bottom of the pack, but is a wonderful gal. She is much more skittish than everyone else, and really dislikes dogs. She should be bred to kid early May.
Roy and Roger (Roy is brown, Roger is white)
Roy and Roger were unexpected additions we got about mid-April. We bought Lucy and her sister together. Unfortunately her sister got caught in their pen and strangled. We were left with a very unhappy Lucy. We found these boys and added them as companions as well as being future sires for kids. Roy is the top buck, inquisitive and sweet. Roger is naturally polled and very shy. We couldn't touch him at first he was so skiddish. He likes people a little more now, and we can sometimes get a pat or two in!
These are it...for now! I am eagerly awaiting babies this spring, along with some new chickens. I love seeing other peoples livestock and pets, do you have a post to share about your furry or feathered friends? Please leave a link in the comments so I can stop by and take a look!
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My name is Monica, I'm passionate about farming, food, and the humane treatment of livestock.