January 5, 2017

I follow a lot of livestock groups on facebook and no matter the animal, the topic of animals in winter comes up a lot this time of year. The most helpful information I have found in making decisions here on the farm is the lower critical temperature (LCT) of an animal. This is the temperature at which an animal needs additional care including shelter and/or extra feed. That means above these temps (up to their higher limit of comfortable when they need help cooling down) the animals are fine with NORMAL care, and at or be...

January 5, 2017

Since writing my last blog post about chicken feed, I've changed things again. I now order from New Country Organics. Since they don't have milo I had to change my recipe a bit. Here is the new one...

1 batch - in lbs

50 wheat

28 oats

28 barley

13 corn

5 rice bran

1 sunflower

1 flax

I also add a small amount of kelp but didn't include above because I don't use it in my protein calculations and don't know how much I use for this size batch. 

This recipe works out to ~19% protein. This is what I use in the winter. I plan to remove the...

July 18, 2016

I've had a lot of people ask me recently what and how I feed my chickens. I wrote blog posts previously about my homemade food and fermenting, but I've changed what I do so I am writing a new version.

First, my homemade food. I used to order my grains from Azure ( but they suddenly raised their prices 50% which didn't make it economical anymore. Now a friend and I split a pallet of grains from Modesto Milling. Shipping is pretty high but if you order a full pallet it comes to $3.50/bag. They have goo...

March 1, 2016

This has been a topic of interest of mine since I first saw the study. I have always hated the idea of disbudding my goat kids (burning the horn buds so no horns will grow) and contemplated even doing it at all. But after a lot of reading, it seems to be the general consensus that it is a must for dairy goats. It keeps them from getting stuck in fences, hurting you as you are working in close quarters, and hurting their herd mates that are hornless. I am trying to add a polled (naturally hornless) buck to my herd so I can...

February 24, 2016

After watching our camera non-stop for 4 days we were finally rewarded with this big girl. Last night I checked on Carmel around 5:30, there was no change. She looked exactly the same as every other time I checked on her that day. We came in and had some dinner and I cleaned the incubators for the next batch of eggs. I kept checking her on the camera like I usually do as I multitask and while she seemed huge and a little uncomfortable, this was nothing new. Then I sat down to do some work and checked the camera again aroun...

December 26, 2015



We are trying hard to be ready for milking this time around (we weren't ready with the cow). A couple things need to be in place asap. 1) A safe, warm, dry place for the kids to be born. 2) A way to eventually seperate the kids from the mom. 3) A place to milk the goat. 

1) We cleaned out most of the cow stall (the front is still too muddy from melting snow to do much with) and added a 2x12 across the bottom to seperate out an area for kidding. The board just hold the straw in place, not the goats. (lol) We will put up a...

December 20, 2015


We said good-bye to Estelle today. She went to her new home on the other side of town where I know she will be happier than she was here. Her new home has a herd of Dexters, which I'm sure she'll be happy to be a part of, instead of being the only adult cow here. She is a good cow, I've just decided that cows aren't for us right now. I hadn't thought it through that we'd have 2-3 cows or more (her plus her babies) at all times just to keep her in milk. I also hadn't thought through getting her pregnant. 1) Giving a cow a...

December 19, 2015

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