What a summer we have had! This is our second year of farming; but I think of it as our first year. Last year we did a lot of research, learning, and investing to prepare ourselves for the growing pains of the farm life. We have acquired/purchased animals, we have lost animals, and we have worked tirelessly in between our busy work lives to ensure that our farm is taken care of. We have gained customers, built relationships, and continue to figure out this world: farming.
We are approaching our “second” kidding season with our goats. We are very excited about this because we are now going to get to see our goats that we have purchased for the farm produce more baby goats for our farm! Dustin can not wait to see the size, width, etc of the baby goats. I on the other hand- want to see the colors, the behaviors, the cuteness, the stubbornness, the nurturing, etc. Night and day right?! I always tell our goat farmer friends that it’s quite comical when we go to goat auctions! Here is a typical dialogue:
Me: “OOOOHHHH, Dustin! She is absolutely gorgeous, you need to bid on her!”
Dustin: “Janelle, she doesn’t have the size, width, height,blah, blah,blah” haha
Me: “Dustin, seriously, she is gorgeous! Look at those eyes and those spots, on and on.”
Dustin: “Janelle, I’m only looking for certain genetics, blah, blah.”
Me: “Dustin, you better not raise your bidding number, that goat is up to $5,000. That’s too much to bid on.”
Dustin: “Janelle, that goat has really impressive genetics. Do you not realize how awesome those bloodlines are?”
So as you can see- night and day!
Although we have different views, I do think that this is our strength. Dustin and I get along so well and I am very thankful that he is my partner to walk through this crazy adventure and life with! I think since we do have those different opinions about goats; we will be able to combine color, gorgeousness, big, hardy, healthy goats to our farm.
But most of all: pretty goats! Right?!?!
We have 15 girls expecting in the Fall, so we will have a busy late October/early November… no cruise/vacation for us on Fall Break this year! You will find us in the barn preparing the labor and delivery unit in the case of a birthing emergency.
We were able to purchase a professional incubator! This has made me extra excited, because this means I can incubate 257 chicken eggs IF I choose to! Ok, ok, I may never have the business or demand for that many chicks… but it never hurts to upgrade and be prepared! With our new incubator, I have had the opportunity to incubate some of our silkie eggs. I am so very partial to my Silkie babies!! They are the sweetest birds, and they are “so ugly they are cute”. We are expecting 32 Silkie babies to hatch out any day! I will update as soon as the hatches happen!
So as you can see, our summer has been busy, with no sign of Fall slowing down. Our plans for the Fall include, and this list could grow:
- Get our goats ready for our first goat sale as a consignor! We are excited about the Appalachain Kiko Invitational Sale in September!
- Getting everything ready to go for kidding season
- Expand, renovate the chicken compound to accommodate a large number of hens with free-range/pasture raised/forest raised access. We hope to have 100 laying hens by the Spring. With the increase of our flock, we will be able to keep up with the egg demand that we have currently.
WE LOVE OUR CUSTOMERS!
- Design, plant a garden full of nutrients for our laying queens to enjoy, in addition to their free ranging! We plan to plant herbs, veggies, and berries for the ladies!
- Get all of the essentials for our Apiary. Plan on the locations of our hives, how many hives to maintain, research how to keep bears away. YIKES, yes, bears! We are truly ecstatic to have our first year of beekeeping in 2017!
Told you! We have a lot going on at the farm… how does that saying go?
…there’s no rest for the weary…
Until the next adventure, hopefully will have more pictures,