Animal Husbandry

Any day now…

March 21, 2013 · 7 comments

Well, it’s almost time. Ms. Minnie is rather large, and it’s time to get ready for the big event. Her official due date is April 2, but last year, she kidded four days early, so I’m hoping to be prepared ahead of time. To confuse things, my mom got this harebrained idea to take the […]


Getting Wider

January 27, 2013 · 8 comments

Well, I’m pretty sure Ms. Minnie is pregnant. She hasn’t come into heat since I took her to visit a buck (a long-eared Nubian) back in November, and now she’s really starting to widen. Her actual due date is April 2, but last year, she kidded four days early, and therefore I’m planning on being […]


Rachel Prickett, co-owner of Provenance Farm along with her husband Keith, is a young, newish farmer, but what she lacks in experience, she makes up for in her steadfast care for her animals and the sweat equity she’s invested in the farm. For the last three years, the Pricketts have been raising thousands of pastured […]


We’ve been having some egg trouble recently. I’m hoping one of the chicken whisperers that reads this will have some answers. Here’s what’s going on… Every day, Henry or I go out to collect some beautiful brown eggs. Those eggs may or may not get washed right away. They may or may not find a […]


First Milking

April 24, 2012 · 10 comments

My goat kids (Admiral Ackbar and Mon Monthma) are a month old today, and so begins milking season. Last night, I shut Minnie up in a stall apart from her kids (but still within smelling and hearing distance) for the first time. They complained a little last night about the separation, but it wasn’t too […]


I’ve had a couple inquiries/comments about our rooster lately. Yes, his name is Toilet, and yeah, we think Toilet is a pretty awesome name for a rooster, too. Levi named him almost two years ago. I’m not entirely sure where our name-gifted son came up with “Toilet”, but we approved. Toilet is a ‘black copper […]



March 28, 2012 · 9 comments

We’ve got two new healthy kids on the homestead. One girl and one boy. Here’s how it all went down…                           Minnie’s actual due date was this coming Saturday, March 31. Goats are generally pretty punctual kidders, but the last two years in […]



March 27, 2012 · 5 comments

Chico Chicken hatched chicks! A lot of them. I *think* there are ten, but they’re really hard to count because they look alike and move around in a little herd.   The eggs started peeping audibly on Thursday, and the first chick hatched on Friday. The situation was somewhat unknown for a while because Chico […]


                          Miniandtrackhoe (Minnie) is officially due to kid this coming Saturday. I’ve had it written on the calendar for five months, but this date still sort of snuck up on me. Though goats are generally known to be easy birthers, I’m kind of […]


A Broody Hen

March 21, 2012 · 10 comments

This is our hen Chico Chicken. She’s sitting on 15 eggs that are due to hatch soon. When we first got chickens a few years back, we put in a joint order along with my mom at our local feed store for ‘australorp’ chicks. Because we didn’t have power to run a heat lamp or […]