Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Back online

Things have been a tad bit busy, that combined with the fact that we had a small computer issue. Oh, and my camera died. The computer issue was remedied with the purchase of an external hard drive. Apparently I take too many pictures and Chuck has too much music. I have no idea what happened to the camera, but now I have a fancy schmancy new camera that I am totally in love with. It makes everything look so pretty!

I have also been canning and freezing, cooking and cleaning. And soon I will be planting garlic. I need to get some broccoli, cauliflower, squash and some apples. Then I think I will be almost ready for winter.

Last week Chuck finished fencing in an area for some of our goats, and now two of the 5 live here. Yep I said 5 but one wont stay too long, we only need him for his ummm stuff. Then he goes either into the freezer or to live with a friend. It is so wonderful to have livestock again. And the kid is loving it too. The rest of the goats will come sometime next month we need to put more fencing up.

This is Friday, born on Good Friday this year, she will be one of my milk goats. She is a Nubian, and will be bred this fall to kid in early spring. Gestation for a goat is 5 month.

This is Joanie, she is a Myotonic also known as a fainting goat. They are primarily used for meat although I have milked her. She was bottom of the herd at Lynne's place but here she is the queen and she is loving it!

Sandino is no longer living in our house, actually she has been outside for quite sometime. She loves it and is doing really well. The couple of people that saw her when she was at her worst can not believe that she lived. With the help of my friend Lynne, I used essential oils on her daily. She smelled fantastic and healed so well.
The littlest of the kids is crawling all over the place and pulling himself up on everything! My favorite baby stage is when you put them somewhere and they don't move, oh how I wish that stage lasted longer!


Anne said...

Yay the hen survived!

Good post. :) I know it sounds odd, but one thing I appreciate that you do is controlled animal husbandry (and big respect for you guys when you had your sheep.) I know that seems weird, but that whole concept seems to be ignored with some "city" dairy adventures. To then go to your blog, it is like a breath of fresh air. I know you guys have the common sense to know when to call a vet, when it can be treated at home, and the thoroughness to handle what comes your way.

Seriously... ty.

The Peterson Family said...

Thanks Anne! You know we never had to call a vet out to the farm once. And we never put an animal down because of an injury that could have been fixed. I think knowing your animals and "listening" to them is so important. Also not treating animals as a commodity but a part of the family. Also it helps that we have surrounded ourselves with people in the know- people who have been doing this a heck of a lot longer than us. Farmers that bent over backwards to help up. I always joked that when Chuck's cows were in labor he was more worried about them then he ever was about me:)