Preparing for kidding time is always crazy, and sometimes things never go the way you planned.
Owning an intact male goat can be difficult, even if you know about their little idiosyncrasies. Learn about (and laugh at) one goat owner's attempt at doing something simple, like switching female goats in a buck pen.
Since Lulu and Belle had their kids, I'm now waiting on three more does to have their babies. Only, they aren't. So here is how the experts claim you can discover if your goat is going to kid. Only, it's really wishful thinking...
Goats will get into and out of everything. Some thoughts on why you need to keep your feed secured.
If you have dairy goats and plan on getting milk, inevitably you have to deal with difficult kiddings. Most of the time, you walk in the barn and there’s mom and her kids staring at you, all dripping from birth slime. To be honest, that’s how I like it. All I have to do is dry the kids, tie off the umbilical cord, and dip it in iodine.
A mysterious "ailment" brings our first frost to the goat pen.
When the temperature drops below zero Fahrenheit, you have to keep an eye on your goats.
When it rains, it pours, when it comes to kidding goats.
When you have too many bucklings, you need to neuter or wether if you're going to keep them. Here's how I do it.
You’d think that if you have some 10 acres you’d have a wonderful fields full of fresh vegetables and fruits. You’d think you’d have a simple way to create an awesome garden. And if you live where I live, you’d be wrong.
There are some goats you don't want, no matter if the price is right. In this case, the goat was free.
A surprise visit from some turkeys while hunting brought a Thanksgiving meal.
After finding the illegal presence of genetically engineered wheat in Oregon, the USDA has found another, similar case in Montana.
So, while I’m making mead, tanning skins and staring out at the weird weather, two of my pregnant goat does are having a race to see who will deliver first.
I never butchered a deer before, having always spent the money to have someone else do it. But I discovered it is surprisingly easy and worth the extra effort.
Way back when, I made mead. I think it was back with Leif Erickson or some guy by that name. Of course, back then we had rotary phones, the Internet existed as ARPANET (look it up), and I was on the cutting edge when it came to computer development. I also stumbled across a USENET post for how to make mead.
My surprise when I thought the mead making wasn't happening.
Author Maggie Bonham recounts the various ways she's managed to obtain free goats, including Craigslist ads and trading for chickens.
How to get a vegetable garden on the cheap with low-cost starts and (almost)free seeds.
Cycle Greater Yellowstone, an annual event tour launched in 2013, benefits the Greater Yellowstone Coalition.
A chirping predator may be an unexpected and unwanted visitor. Mountain lions do chirp and one set me on edge.
Weeks three, four and five of our cross country bicycle trip start in Missoula, Mont. and end in North Branch, Minn.
The fire moon shows up every year when the forest fires start up. Maggie Bonham has some recommendations for preparing to evacuate with animals.
Weeks eight and nine of our cross country bicycle trip start in Brantford, Ont., and end in Bar Harbor, Maine.