"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005
Showing posts with label goats. Show all posts
Showing posts with label goats. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Billy Goats Gruff

The kids will be seven weeks old on Saturday! Time sure passes quickly in the life of a farm animal!

Here is Third with the "boys", and Helga. Funny thing about the triplets, is that we have three sizes, small(the runt-which the kids call Junior Junior) medium-(Monroe) and Large- (Mohawk).

This is Monroe- if you go in the pens for any amount of time they will try and jump up on you. To the kids we are mini mountains! Wow, even me! By the way Monroe will most likely be the one we keep as the coloring and behavior is what we want to breed with our does.

Shawn and Gus:pretty much what they do 24-7. They follow us everywhere and then end up wrestling! Hard to take many photos without most looking like this!

Third squaring off with Mohawk. He has great coloring too, oh and can you see Monroe on Third's back?

Boaz and Quatro wondering what is going on, and do you have anything for us to eat?

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Saturday Photo Shoot

Lamb on day 2- can you see how he has stolen my *heart*...yes it looks like a little heart on his side doesn't it?

His legs are black, his back is brown with the heart, and the head is multi-colored...

Ruth is the new lamb's mother(on right) and on the left is Martha nursing on Esther.

Pause in the photo sharing to say "Wow, what a lovely sunset!"

Mary, my little lamb, now a month old, wanting to know what I am doing.

Daisy also curious...the camera is interesting.

Paint desperately needs to see what I am doing. She is a wonderful goat, that Fourth has been milking. Paint's milk has been a blessing as we weaned her kids, and use the milk to supplement the triplet billy goats, and even Mary.

That's it for my Saturday Photo Shoot!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Nanny State

I am able to get on the farm blog and so far so good.

Now that I am on I will share some more of the farm happenings. Last night was like having a newborn all over again(except that it was three!) Bill and I were the nannies(lol) and every two hours we took the oldest two kids out to the barn to the mother. The runt did fine with the baby bottle so I held him and fed him most of the night.

Around 4:30 I went to bed as the boys were waking to help with the morning feeding. Bill came in and woke me at 8 am and told me that the runt was able to suckle his momma~cheering loudly yay! So when the temps hit 45 we took the kids out and left them outside until six.

Short, choppy and sleepy narrative made by a little bit tired farm wife!


Monday, December 15, 2008

Barnyard Critters

This is a side view of the pregnant goat Helga. She is one of the new goats we received in trade for wood. I tried to take a picture of her face to share the blue eyes~but no luck. She is a La Mancha mix.

Here are the twins, Comet and Cupid. The mother of these two(Paint)refused to allow me to take her picture. They are a mix of pygmy goat and La Mancha.

Awhile ago, I shared that we found ducks for sale($1.00) each. Here is a photo of Freckles(the only duck I have named).

Some of the rest of the ducks, playing in their pool! Ducks will climb in any water dish and create a muddy mess in moments. So the pool duty refill is a daily process. I guess it doesn't help that the ground is only dirt!


Saturday, September 6, 2008

At our Fingertips

The Mesquite Tree

Harvest time...at the Double Nickel. This is the Honey Mesquite tree. I have stopped counting how many of these trees we have on the farm. As you can see in the foreground of this picture we are thinning out the other bushes and shrubs to make paths to the Mesquite.

See the Mesquite bean pods? We have been picking these and drying them and storing these for the winter. The goats and sheep love them. They are not the easiest to harvest due to fact that the Mesquite has thorns all over them.

The goats have been a blessing because we have been trimming these trees into the traditional tree shape...and the goats eat the leaves off the cut branches, then we stack the branches to season for next years kindling for the woodstove.

Here are some of the beans up close on the drying board. We have just been drying them outside in the sunshine. After a few days they make a rattle noise and are crispy and make a snap when we break them. This means that they are dry enough.

This is the Crown of thorns that I made from the branches. God is incredible and surrounds us. Even in something that seems like a trash bush or weed has provisions, and we at the Double Nickel are grateful.Take the time to look around and really see what He provides for you.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Baa Baa Black Sheep

Sheep day! Here are 3 black Navajo sheep. The plans changed a bit. One of the lambs is male and one female. But the male is a great one! He has four horns, and this is not too common, so we are pleased to have this guy named Quatro(of course). The female has been gracefully named Maryanne! The ewe is awaiting a name.{Maisy the goat on the side}

Click on the picture to enlarge.

Oops not all are black sheep!

This is Boaz the ram. He is by far my favorite and the most docile. The white sheep is Ruth(can I say of course again?!) I named these two after two of my favorite people in the Bible. I love the book of Ruth...:p

I am adding these 2 lower photos- here is Fourth with *her* lamb Maryanne!

Here is a better picture of Quatro!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

After the Flood(again!)

After having record rains for the month of July, we decided to find high ground for the animals. We thought after the first flood that hit in early July that we were ready for almost anything.

Well we weren't, and the Hurricane that hit the Gulf proved this to us. So we quickly built new pens on the highest part of the property. It just so happens that this was the traffic circle that the previous owner put in. It had ornamental cactus, and desert plants...sigh, we have those all over*! So we fenced this off and moved the 2 flocks of birds.

Instead of the neat chicken coops we had(which we couldn't move) we came up with handy dandy quick coops. True to our quest to use salvage materials for our humble farm, we created these coops.

The boys took 3 pallets(we pick up from businesses around town~ as they toss them) and 2 sheets of plywood that Bill's friend in construction gave us(leftover from construction job). They took the judges campaign signs for the ends.

The main perch is a piece of 3/4 inch conduit that we actually found on the property. I made the ladder perches from limbs and branches here and there(I copied the southwestern idea:-)

The nests are 2/3 of strawberry buckets that we get from the local custard shop. The boys cut the bottom third off-to be used for feed trays, and this is the top third. It allows me to scrub the nests and keep them cleaner than the wood nests, as I can use a bleach solution to wipe them out.(we made 3 like this)

Here is the new goat pen(and soon similar one for the sheep). Notice it is the same concept as the chicken coops. I do have more barn red paint and will paint the pens, in the next few weeks.

Here are Daisy, Maisy and want a be goat, Pepsi. We gave the goats this award platform that we had made for the homeschool field day from a few years ago. The goats love this!!(the white sign in the back is a campaign sign from the judge, and it is to patch a small area in the fence.)

Colonel Sanders...Third is taking him to the fair in August

3 from the mixed flock...

one of the Turkens

2 of the Dominiques...Fourth is going to take a Dominique, and an Ameraucana...Miss Scarlet to the fair.

this is McBobber an Ameraucana...Second is going to take her to the Fair in August.

Egg production this month has been slow. I know that the weather has had a huge impact. We still are doing well, and the Dominiques are due to start laying this month. We also have 10 that will begin laying in September and then ten additional ones in October.

Sheep arrive this weekend. 2 Rams, and three ewes(one adult 2 lambs) We have 2 pens set up, and the sheep we worked in trade for are Navajo sheep, and are desert dwellers. They will do quite well here. I have been researching wool and there is a fairly big market for it, although we are getting the sheep for a variety of reasons. 1) walking food 2) flock that can continue to grow(and sell for meat...$9.00 per pound) 3) wool to sell or card and spin into yarn bundles...

I really seek out multi purpose items and the sheep definitely fit. I cannot believe how easy this transition to simplicity has been. No, I better correct myself. This path that we are on has been arduous, starting from Bills life altering accident to his recovery, to the move from Nevada to New Mexico, to buying a run down beat up place that we saw as a farm in progress. It has been 3.5 years since the accident...the hardest part about all of this is the tremendous difference in salary that Bill made in Law Enforcement to what he makes while going to school.

I will be honest, I became comfortable in my spending. Now we ration and even spend change. But all of these things that happened to us have been an amazing witness to God and His mercy, and how we can do all things through Him.

The learning that we have done in these months has been incredible. I mean, chicks in the bathroom...under the heat lamp! Goats?! We will have milk and I am studying how to make cheeses and plan on making goat milk soap. Sheep?! Again who would have thought that we would be raising sheep? Ducks! Boy are they messy indoors...we had them inside when it was cold. Now that they are outside we do enjoy them, and plan on next year eating duck. These 4 will be used for breeding. Oh and the goose!? The turkey!? You better believe that one can provide for their own. It is a good work, like in Genesis and the sweat of ones brow.

So we chalk up this month as a learning curve and know that other things will hit, but we can and will continue on, simple, forward, and focusing on Him.