Welcome to MY ADVENTURE OF DAILY LIFE. I have long since wanted and been encouraged to document the plethora of items I work on, learn, and in general tinker with. I travel and experience new things far and wide and love to share what I gain from them. Here I am sharing with you not just the amazing but the every day as well. They may not fall under the category of "daring adventure" but I am usually having a blast doing them. Enjoy!
Sometimes something just doesn't look right.
Case in point, Novi's horns are starting to flake! I am still new to goats but no one had mentioned this before, so I did some research.
This page tells us there can be many reasons why a goat might have flaking or unhealthy horns. Not enough of something in their diet makes sense to me but he is the only one who is having an issue. Since he eats what every one else gets then that doesn't sound right. He has been super loving ever since he has been fixed so the head butting hasn't really been an issue either. However the growth spurt reason sounds about right. We are in spring, they are all on grass and lots of sunshine. I would say they will do lots of growing this summer and get up there with their mom and dad.
One thing we have been lax about is making sure they get selenium on a regular basis. We did give them each a shot when they were born but they are about due again. Selenium is a very important item for goats since with out it they get all sorts of muscle diseases according to this page. We bought some back in January when they were first born but looks like it's time to administer again to keep our babies safe!
I hope you are enjoying the spring warmth and sun as much as we are!
It's been wet here for most of it aside from a recent bout of welcomed sunshine. My peas are growing like crazy and here they are a week and a half ago. They are even bigger now.
I have always been passionate about companion planting. This year I am taking it to a new extreme and planting at least three items in the same row to really amp up the benefits. If anyone needs lots of dill, nasturtiums and basil I'm your gal! Those three seem to be our heavy hitters this year.
I am really excited not just for our own consumption but this will be the first year we will sell the extra produce that pours out of that garden. We have had that idea hanging out in the back of our minds and discussed it off and on for a long time. Now that we are finally moved here and gotten most of our infrastructure built, I can focus on getting some of my glorious veggies out into the world!
A couple of new things I am trying are cumin and cotton. I love cumin in a lot of the dishes I cook so a fresh source that is grown organically and from my own soil is exciting to me! Cotton apparently grows well here in Kentucky and I am curious as to how it will do for us. I chose a brown cotton called Nankeen that has been around and grown since the Civil War, thrives in poor soils, and does not need to be sprayed.
There is a story of an old doctor that wanted to be able to send a message about where the Federal Army was to be coming to Natchitoches to Captain Youngblood and General Taylor. They new by the design on a nankeen shirt that a boy who was sent to them was wearing and were able to overcome the troops by surprise despite the Federal Army having so many more numbers.
Although we won't be making any shirts from it, it will be nice to be growing a piece of history right in our yard.
It's been 9 weeks and our meat birds are HUGE! They far outweigh those poor things you pick up at the grocery store and I think if we left them to grow to 12 weeks, they would be turkeys!
They have been living a very happy life enjoying the outdoors, scratching around for bugs and soaking up the sun rays. However these are not layers. They have one purpose when they grow that big, that fast and unfortunately it's to end up in our freezer.
They are a hybrid that can not reproduce and their bodies can't keep up with the rest of the growth. It's the first species that I have run across that is actually more humane to kill than to let live. Just yesterday we had our first heart attack victim. We have heard that eventually their legs break under the weight of their bodies. Very sad actually.
So while they are still feeling good, while they are still enjoying life, before the pain sets in, we will thank them for their sacrifice and process them for dog and human consumption. This is not an enjoyable part of homesteading but a very necessary one. With the blow to the chicken world announced on Monday, I would think that chicken meat and egg prices will be going up at the grocery stores. We will have to be very careful where we get our next batch of chicks from and they will always be kept separate from the layers by more than a couple of acres.
So after this week, this pen will be empty... Until the next batch comes in.