Baby animals, weeds, and the weather.

Baby animals, weeds, and the weather.

The week has flown by for us here at Breezy Meadows. I apologize for the single picture post last week the insanity of having a kidding, 16 turkeys arrive and 32 chicks all in the same weekend was a little overwhelming. So far everyone except three turkeys are doing great! We’ve lost three chicks to what I think is suffocation, even though they have plenty of heat our turkeys just seem to want to be on top of each-other which ends in unhappy turkeys. I’ve been keeping a closer eye on them and whenever one looks a little week in the knees I separate it for a few hours and they seem to perk back up. They are heritage breed turkeys burbon reds and Spanish blues, we are selling them as chicks so if anyone is interested in raising their own thanksgiving turkey let us know.
These are the chicken chicks I’ll get some pictures of the turkeys up soon

I had Esther’s milk for the first time this morning. I was surprised by how creamy it was. Esther definitely thinks I am weird, whenever I am back there she gives me this look, which now she gives me all the time, sort of disapproving and confused. She really makes me think about milking and just how intimate and strange it is. She doesn’t get that dreamy look in her eye that some people talk about, she just looks back at me and bleats worriedly and tries to step in the milk pail, which she often succeeds in doing.

We named our little buckling Hey-Zeus after the other famous immaculate conception. Esther of course did not immaculately concept, she was actually supposed to be bred, the farm gave me the wrong goat! I can’t say I mind, it is such a sweet surprise to have him bouncing around. Now that he has finally gotten full control of his legs he is jumping on everything he can find. For more baby goat pictures check out the gallery

In that picture he is standing on the new milking stanchion that Josh built me. The design comes from Fiasco Farm which is a great resource for all things goat. Esther did pretty well her first time on it. Isla was the main problem she kept trying to put her head through the stanchion with Esther, I think she thought she was missing out on something. I wonder how she will do when it is her turn to be in there.

The pigs learned about electric fence this week. We put up a wire around the inside of their pallet pen so that they would learn that boundaries will electrocute them. Now they are out on two strands of wire next to our chickens. The chickens whose fence is not electric have been going over to visit the pigs and josh found them making a mini parade the pigs routing about one by one and the hens following scratching in the newly turned soil left from the pigs. Since the chickens are still at least half the size of the pigs they haven’t been bothering them, we’ll see what happens.

It rained a great deal this week. This kept us from weeding and from doing much of anything in the garden. When the clouds finally parted and the sun came out we found that the weeds had been busy in our absence, we’ve worked on pulling them out but the wild pasture next to our garden has been slowly crawling over the bank of our beds and has now begun to work it’s way through the onions and on its way to the peas. I think we need to build a moat.

Our specialty salad mix is getting more and more popular at the farmer’s market. We sell claytonia, garden cress, lambs quarter, orach, baby spinach, baby kale, baby beet greens as well as mache and arugula. They are all the same price per pounds so people can mix all their favorites together. Starting in the next couple of weeks we will also have amaranth available to add to the mix which is another uncommon green, that is colorful and delicious. If you want to try some of our salad mix in action visit the Domestic Diva for a scrumptious salad with her homemade dressing.

Also if you aren’t aware of it Solarfest Tinmouth’s very own renewable energy festival is happening here in Tinmouth in two weeks. Josh is going to be giving two workshops on home garden season extension as well as the permaculture mind-set. Check out their website to read full descriptions of his workshops as well as others.

Anyone have any advice in keeping goat feet out of the milk? Anyone interested in an oberhasli buckling? He is very very friendly and if given the chance will jump on your lap and come home with you. Anyone have any good goat milk recipes?

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July 8th, 2011|

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4 Comments

  1. cyn July 9, 2011 at 6:55 am - Reply

    …well jan and i fell in love with goat milk fudge at the farmer’s market in lancaster..not a use of goat’s milk that i had ever thought of…what a wonderful entry, nice to have you back..who knew stanchion building would ever be in josh’s future 🙂

    • Meadow July 11, 2011 at 8:51 am - Reply

      Goat milk fudge sounds wonderful, I will have to experiment.

  2. laura July 20, 2011 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    goatmilk caramel….

  3. Joanne Rubio July 23, 2011 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    One of my fellow teachers living in the hills of Oakland, CA has several goats. I’ll ask her for advice on feet in the pail and goat milk recipes. It’s fun to read your blog. Way to go, Josh, on building that stanchion.

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