The Realities of Hunting

An ethical hunter makes a point to explain what hunting is to those who have never done it.

Coping with Animal Deaths on the Farm

Last year was the year from hell. Literally. We lost 7 baby goats, 4 llamas, 2 dogs, and 1 cat due to different causes. But I did have victories. I'll be talking about what I learned here and in my next blogs.

Getting Ready for Winter: Preserving Food, Part 1

Preserving food from the harvest is an excellent way to prepare for the winter ahead. Find out the necessary tools for home preserving and the basics for choosing food for preserving. With preparation, you can stock your larder to last all winter.

Cheese Whiz: Making Microwave Mozzarella, Part 1

When you have as many goats go through kidding as I do, eventually you have to do something with all that milk. In the past I’ve done things like feed the milk to the chickens, but it always seemed wasteful. Many people I know who have goats and pigs often feed the pigs the extra milk. If you’re butchering pigs, it’s not as bad, because the milk does a great job in fattening up pigs. But there is another way to preserve that milk goodness, and that is to make cheese.

Kidding Blues

Every year I go through playing goat wet nurse because I seem to have one or two goats who have difficulties.

Mishaps in Making Mead

I started my first batch of mead after all these years back in October-November. You all may remember my post about the mead. Well, I had trouble with getting the damn thing to start. Here's what happened.

Goatwatch 2015

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.

Honey of a Mess

My surprise when I thought the mead making wasn't happening.

Processing a Deer

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.

First Frost

A mysterious "ailment" brings our first frost to the goat pen.

Honey Wine or My Foray into Mead

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.

Rude Goats

There are some goats you don't want, no matter if the price is right. In this case, the goat was free.

Fire Moons and Evacuation Preparation

The fire moon shows up every year when the forest fires start up. Maggie Bonham has some recommendations for preparing to evacuate with animals.

Sales and Seed Banks

How to get a vegetable garden on the cheap with low-cost starts and (almost)free seeds.

Container Planting On 10 Acres

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.

A Difficult Goat Kidding

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. Not yesterday.

Predicting Goat Kidding; or, Why My Goats Think I'm Nuts

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...

Kidding-Season Tragedy

Preparing for kidding time is always crazy, and sometimes things never go the way you planned.

The Yule Goat

The Yule Goat is an ancient Scandinavian tradition which predates Christianity. Learn about how our oldest farm animal became the symbol of Christmas.

Why You Really Don’t Want a Billy Goat

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.

Can You Really Get Goats For Free?

Author Maggie Bonham recounts the various ways she's managed to obtain free goats, including Craigslist ads and trading for chickens.