Ivy and her Boyfriend

We got our act together this year (on some things-we’ll talk about the orchard later) and took the plunge into goat breeding. Around October, my Facebook goat group starts to look like Backpage. We discussed breeding last year with a guy, but never got around to it. But we talked again, and set up a date.

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Ugh. It’s been a while.

Sorry it’s been a while since I posted. Lots going on. First thing, I’ve got a new job! It is an e-learning design firm, and I’m a project manager. We had a good summer, but pretty busy.

We are getting ready to take Ivy to see a buck. We will see what happens next…

Beef Jerky

So the Husband wanted to make beef jerky. I picked up some seasoning at the feed store and eye of round at the grocery store. it ended up being sooo simple.

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New Peeps

So we got our new peeps this week. Of course on the busiest possible day. Our Honda is in desperate need of a brake job, and the parts aren’t in yet, so we’re down to one fully operational car. We both have 8:30s in town, so we are crunched for time. So of course the post office calls to say the chicks are in.

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Key Lime Cheesecake

So I am making a key lime cheesecake for Easter. I’ve never made a cheesecake before, so here goes. Start with a stick of butter.

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The new bees are here! The new bees are here!

I had a plan. It was a good plan. The bees were due to arrive on Saturday, and we would pick them up on Sunday morning. Yeah. That can’t happen. We must always install bees racing sunset, and if possible, a storm.

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Hatch 2: The Broody?

We may have another hatch coming. A few days ago one of our Easter Eggers started brooding. There are at least two eggs under her.

She’s in the goat shed under a board between two bales of straw. it’s as good of a place as any, so we are letting her be. Hopefully in two and a half weeks we will have some more chicks.

I also did a bit of looking at the new chicks to try to determine if they are hens or roosters. I use the wing method, which is reasonably good. It looks like we have two ladies and one gent.

Disappointing Hatch

The hatch was a bit of a letdown. Out of twelve eggs we got three chicks. A fourth died while trying to hatch.

On the other hand, my beloved Jayhawks won the National Championship. So I have that going for me, which is nice.

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Hatch Day 2022

Hatch day is here! We started the day great! With two of the unsure ones pippin and zippin.

But, thus far, all we have are those two. We will keep them going through the weekend.

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Chicken Math

There’s a concept in hobby farming called “Chicken Math.” I have fallen prey to this concept.

I really only wanted ten chickens, but if god wanted me to have twenty, then forty it is…

It started out so simple…

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