Category Archives for Livestock

Calf, Sheep, Chicks, and Goats, Oh My!

The children have all begun their 4H projects now, Cassidy’s calf and Brennan’s chicks all arrived on the same day. So, here in Windy Woods we now have a calf, sheep, chicks, laying hens and goats. I’ve avoided talking about their projects because I want them to be able to post about them, and me […]

Dairy Goats and Bramble

May 21, 2015

I’m feeling a bit guilty this morning, my dairy goats’ udders have scratches all over them. I don’t recall there ever being an issue last year, but I suppose it’s possible that the areas we had previously penned them weren’t as overgrown with blackberry bramble. It seems kind of counter to our goal of using […]

Taking the Goats to the Barn for Milking

May 7, 2015

Just a quick post tonight to put up short video of the nightly running of the goats to the barn for milking. I was hoping for a little more of the kids kicking up their heels, but there was a little of that. You may notice, there’s a sheep in the mix.  That is Asher’s […]

The Kids Have Been Named

May 5, 2015

It was a quiet weekend in Windy Woods, the elder children were all off at a 4H event all day Saturday, leaving me with just Honor and Corwin. We had a good time cleaning out the temporary pen that I had put into the pole barn. This was basically the first hoop coop that I […]

Hard Livestock Lesson

April 14, 2015

It was a sad day Sunday here in Windy Woods. When I went out to take care of our goats, I found another doeling dead. This will definitely constitute a hard learned livestock lesson. Windy Woods is currently a very small dairy operation, so I had been feeling pretty good that we had two new […]

Baby Goats Arrive

April 9, 2015

It’s been an exciting week in Windy Woods.  Clover kidded early Tuesday morning, and Bella kidded late into the night Tuesday night.  We now have five wobbly baby goats!  Three bucks and two does. Clover was tricky and showed no signs of imminent kidding Monday night, but had delivered three does before I went out […]

Chickens Deliver Unexpected Surprise

March 31, 2015

I haven’t talked much about the chickens of late, but then I haven’t been finding them all that exciting. Sunday the chickens suddenly started laying eggs. I know, I know, laying eggs is what chickens are supposed to do, but honestly, since these chickens are over two years old, I really didn’t expect it. What […]

It’s Early Spring in Windy Woods

Not much happening in Windy Woods this week.  Biggest thing this weekend was cutting and splitting wood. I think I have enough cut and split now to finish out the cold for this winter.  After all, it is officially spring.  The sun is now slightly north of straight east and west. I did take advantage […]

Speaking of Fencing

I think it’s time to drag the electronet fencing out of the rafters.  The chickens are insisting on “escaping” from the greenhouse. I basically think the inside of the greenhouse is just too warm for them now, one of the things I’ve learned in the last 2 years of chickens is, too hot is a […]

Preparing to Fence

Now that the ground is starting to thaw, it’s time to begin thinking about setting up our first fenced pasture. Cassidy’s math book recently gave me a piece of information that will be very useful for this project. This is the fact. The rectangle with the greatest area is a square. It’s easy enough to […]