Goats, veggies and a couple of chicks
 

Category archive for ‘animals’

10.02.15 Welcoming McKinney to the Red Tractor Farm

Today we welcomed McKinney to the farm. She is a great Pyrenees, as is her mentor, Scoop. It will take her a few weeks to get used to the farm and her new family, but we are excited to have her here. People sometimes ask if our livestock guardian dogs are good herders. They aren’t. […]

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11.05.14 Chasing webs

This morning Butch came out to help us put up the goat fence. It was a morning of dewy spiderwebs – the kind with droplets on every strand that catch the light as the sun comes up. Butch proved adept in eating the prettiest ones Jen tried to photograph — apparently she wanted to pose, […]

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11.04.14 Kidding Season

One of the biggest joys — at times, the most stressful thing — about raising animals such as goats is seeing new animals arrive at the farm. From watching for signs of labor to watching the new kids dance around the barn in that funny sideways-half-kick that they do, we try to take a moment […]

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05.01.14 Winter Makes Us Forget the Color Green

December: It snows and the chickens like this one step out to take a look around. Snow is new and there might be something to eat on the other side of the chicken fence. Then January arrives. Arctic air barrels across the field and no chicken leaves the mobile house. We divert the wind from […]

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06.05.13 Greening Pastures

    Last year’s drought has given way to lots of rain and green, green grass. The pasture still has a long way to go to recover fully, though. This year we didn’t allow the goats to go out and eat the pasture until it was 4-6 inches tall. They were tired of hay and very […]

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05.04.13 Baby goats, baby plants and bigger chicks

Spring is of course a busy time at the farm – the to-do list never gets any shorter. But in addition to our planting schedule, we are watching goats being born or getting bigger, and our chickens are becoming young pullets. This week one of our does in the group of #128s had this handsome […]

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21.03.13 Sometimes a farmer.

There are days when despite all distractions and jobs off-farm, we are farmers. This happens when a goat kid dies and we cannot do anything to stop it, or when we are defeated, as when we look at beans that never flowered and wither in the drought. But farmers also delight in the surprise of […]

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23.02.13 Finally, a real snow

What a relief to finally see real, deep, drifting snow. The goats generally don’t mind the snow, though the kids are timid about it at first.

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10.02.12 Early morning in the pens

One of our favorite times of the day is feeding and chore time, just before dawn. At this time of year its especially rewarding because the kids are still sleeping in piles, stretching, and waking up.  

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12.11.11 Goat Photo Shoot

We don’t name our farm animals, but it becomes impossible not to notice a personality trait in a goat that makes it stand apart from another member of the herd.  Assigned a number, the number becomes the name. Number 163 used to avoid us but since we treated her for an infection she likes to […]

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