The baby goat update…

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When we got JPG and PDF they were just weaned…  Like pretty much that day.  So their mom had sent home a few little baggies of frozen milk for them, just in case we wanted to take them off milk a little more gradually.  So, we thought, sure!  Let’s give it a try.  If we can bottle feed them for even a week or two, just a bottle a day, they will really bond with us and all.  Great idea.

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And they pretty much hated that idea.

“We are big boys!”, they protested.  “We don’t need no yucky weird bottle thing!”

Jessy tried and she is our resident expert at getting youngins to take a bottle.  She can get just about anything to try feeding this way.  And she tried.  And tried.

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Momma Buttercup was not sure of this handling of HER new babies.  She is super watchful over her little charges.  She has really bonded with the pair and they have adopted her as new big momma.  It’s very cute to see them hang out with her and she licks them and calls to them if they stray too far.

And she was so awful to her own son…  Maggie says she is making up for that whole situation because she wants to get into goat heaven.  Hahaha…  I think she just really likes them because they look like her as opposed to the Angoras…  dsc_0490

See, food ladies?  We eat like big goaties!!!

Well, it’s been like two weeks and they are still alive and doing great, so I guess they were ready to be weaned!  They were actually about a week overdue, age wise, so I’m sure it was okay.  We tried though!   So now I have a bag full of little baggie of goat milk in the freezer!   I am thinking some goat milk soap is in our near future!!!  :-)

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Rather graceful picture of herd queen Miss Buttercup, eh?

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These two are so stinking cute!!!  I just can’t get over it.  Just adorable.  And they are so funny, jumping around, they are super agile!  We love them.

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And just really glad that Buttercup likes them.  It’s a win win situation.  We got to help our friend Mary with some wonderful forever homes for two extra boys and we get a pair of cute little guys that won’t eat us out of house and home and will be nice child sized ambassadors for our little homestead to our guests with small kids!  They love Buttercup, but she’s really pretty good sized and makes some children a little nervous.  PDF and JPG are perfect sized for young visitors!   And they are warming up to us very nicely because we have snacks!

All goaties love snacks!

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PDF and Jpeg, our new goats…

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I know, I know…  goats!  Little furry livestock ninjas that have been the bane of our farming misadventures!  But how can you not love these little things?

Actually, our good friend Mary had a goat explosion this year!  Instead of just a nice little kid or two from her two dairy goats, she ended up with six kids!!!!  And too many boys!

It’s a very sad fact in the dairy industry that boy dairy goats are kind of, well, not needed in large numbers.  In fact, one will do for a farm and then what do you do with all the others!   Maybe save one as a back up buck…  but since Mary doesn’t even keep a buck and takes her girls to another farm for a fall date…  she really had a problem.

Since Buttercup is now grown up and we are not planning to breed goats anytime soon, we did miss having some goat babies around to frolic and play and just be little fun ambassadors to the homestead.  And we’re doing better, so a couple extra little mouths to feed won’t be a problem.  Especially, darling cute little Nigerian dwarf babies!!! DSC_0393

I wanted to help and I knew that Mary was eager to find them good homes and it was a perfect match!  I did a little graphic arts for her… and we made a deal!  So we went and picked up our little boys.  Jessy came up with their names and they are so perfect!   Jpeg and PDF…  after all, I exchanged graphic art work for their new forever homes!  What is better!

They were a little confused by the ride in the big truck cage and the fact that Mommy didn’t seem to want to come along.  But being goats, they were excited and ready for the new phase of their lives.  We carried the little cutey patooteys back to meet their new inmate friends!  DSC_0396 DSC_0402Little PDF is looking at me after one look at giant Buttercup, queen of Windhaven, and is like, OH MY GOSH…  you’re taking me back home to my mom, now, right???  DSC_0403

Buttercup is ready to give them a test to become her new minions…  she is testing their ears to make sure she can nibble them.  Since she is a LaMancha and has teeny little elf ears, I think she is a little jealous of the big ear goats!  DSC_0407

Everyone was excited to meet the new babies…  however, the new babies were not so ready to meet everyone!  They both had their hackles raised and were not ready to be cornered…  they are fast little guys!  I knew they would get along fine with our goat collection…  DSC_0411

Haha, they were a little nervous and Buttercup looks a little teeny bit like their mom.  Of course, their mom is a dwarf goat and much shorter, but hey, when you are nervous and young, you gotta stick with what works.  Rana sure didn’t look like anything they were used to!  Jpeg had to check out the business end of Miss Buttercup and she was so nice and gentle, yet gave him a little nudge away.  Sorry, that shop is out of service!

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I wasn’t totally sure how she was going to react.  Buttercup absolutely hated her son Blackjack.  Wouldn’t hardly look at him, let alone be his mother.  She would attack him and just was not happy with that situation.  I think she blames him for his father who left Buttercup after a sorrid evening of passion.  Or she just hates children.  Hard to say.  But she really took to the two right away!  It was so cute.  She gave them a good sniffing over and then started to groom them!   I was shocked.  They were happy to have someone to mother them and we were set to go.  DSC_0420

Of course, the first day was spent with a lot of bawling.  MOOOooOoOOoOOMMMMM!!!!    Where are you???????

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But eventually, they got the hang of it all, and now they are just the cutest little pair of trouble makers you can only imagine.  The best part, they are still in Goatopia!   Not a single escape yet!   I can’t believe it!  We finally have learned how to build a good goat enclosure!  It’s been weeks without a single breakout.  We have finally arrived!!!  DSC_0439

Buttercup is so happy to have little lesser beings to boss around.  She really does like them…  every time they cry, she has to check on them.  When they were afraid to go into the little barn at night, the first night or two, she sat outside with them all night long.  And when the other goats and the rams next door were being too pushy and sniffy, she challenged them all, head butting and ear biting to prove her protective stance.  She really is one of those goats that you just gotta love.  She is really my best buddy…

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We have sold three of our six piglets!  Yes, down to just a pair of registered girls and one unregistered boy feeder piglet.   I believe we are going to keep the boy for our own freezer camp session next spring.  We always sell all our piglets!  So we thought it would be nice to keep one this year.  We are debating about our two little girls…  they are available for the right home…  but we might just keep them, too!  Not sure yet.  We might consider trading them with someone to develop better bloodlines…  If we keep them here, we would have to separate them at some point because we keep our hogs in a family group setting and we can’t have daddy Onyx playing the hokey pokey with his daughters.  I guess we shall see what the fall brings.   If you’re interested in American Guinea Hogs in the Northwestern Ohio area…  drop me a line!   Sherri@chekal.com

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Shadow pony was out for a little lawn maintenance when we brought the boys goaties home and he was very interested in them!  Of course, he would be, he’s very nosy and has to know what is going on at all times.  I went to sit at the firepit a bit, to watch the goats but give them a little time to be just goats and work on their new herd dynamics.  Shadow came over for a little love and pets…  and he let me do his hair!  haha…  Doesn’t he look handsome with a little forelock braid???

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All is good with our little boys..  so far, they seem to be settling in.  They are so adorable to watch as they jump around and play.  And I think they will be wonderful for our small guests that might be a little intimidated by the larger, pushy goats.  A little touch of baby fun in the lovely late summer!  DSC_0468

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Boxes! Boxes!

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It’s easy to think that maybe I have given up on blogging!

I can’t believe that I let a week or more go by without writing a post!  My apologies!

It’s just that for the last year, really the last 9 months or so, Miss Maggie’s fiber tool and loom business has just really taken off!  It’s been an amazing blessing for us, especially after a couple hard hard years.  But it also has been a lot of new learning curves, daily routines and new business skills.

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I have to laugh… my girls both have successful home businesses in mail order and one sells ROCKS and the other HEAVY BIG WOOD THINGS!  haha…  What’s next?  Cement statues?  Me, I’m smart.  I started a planner sticker company a few months ago.  Teeny little sheets of stickers in cute little cardboard mailers!  EASY!!!  I’m thinking ahead to when I am nice and old…  I can make my little stack of orders and easily take them to the mailbox!  Easy peasy!

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Victor Kitty thinks we really should just nap in the sunshine… ya know?

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Well, it’s all good and it’s fun to load up the truck with a bunch of new looms going out all over the country to inkle and card weavers all over the place!  And it’s fun that we are helping to keep our little rural post office open!  It’s pretty much us and another fellow who sells knives online that keep that place open!  I hear they were planning to close it, but now, nope!  Yah!   Since it’s only about a half mile down the road from us, we really love that.  No waiting in lines, easy peasy!

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We get to drop our boxes off at the back door.  Every day by 3 PM, we rush over with the last package or two finished for the day.  Because the big truck comes around 3:30 to pick up the mail for the day and that is that until the next day.  So we always want to make sure our packages hit the big truck and get taken on to the next big stop, which is apparently Romulus, Michigan!  (I would have thought it was Toledo, but no, all our packages seem to get scanned next in Romulus…)  DSC_0319

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Haha, Hi Mail Lady!!!  :-)  She is so sweet…  she puts up with us and all our rushed big boxes!  Scans and gets them ready for the truck lickedity split.  We would love to get to a point that we have everything ready sooner for her, but alas, we are not quite that organized, yet!  We keep trying to shoot for 2 pm…  thinking that will give us a little scoonch of breathing room, but it’s usually 3 and sometimes 3:15 before we rush down.  I hope she doesn’t mind…  :-)

 

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