Well it's almost that time again! Generally every February is when our does start kidding (having babies). We've been dry (no milk) for about a month and a half, and though it's nice having a short break from milking (since we milk by hand), it will be extremely nice to have milk again. We have lots of plans for our milk this year and I am super excited! And though milk is exciting, it's even MORE exciting having the babies! They are amazing loveable amazing little creatures and they just tug at my heart strings like no other! We plan on keeping some of the doe babies from our senior does, and selling all the babies born to our Junior does. We will also be selling as many males as we can and the rest we will keep for future meat. It's always hard sending them to freezer camp, but by the time they are ready to process the males are not so cute, and very "bucky", acting like young boys, (read humping everything) and it's a bit of relief to not have to deal with them anymore. And knowing that they were loved, and had a great life, and are helping us continue our lives makes it a bit easier too. But that's not the topic of this blog! The topic is focusing on the brand new baby goats! We've done a lot to get the farm ready for them, but we still need to get the plywood to finish the inside of the baby barn. We also need to get one more roll of chainlink to finish the yard for the baby girls when they go outside to play. I gave the senior does their "half" BoSe shots about a month ago, and next week we'll get al the does that are due next month and give them their Cd&t vaccines, other half of their BoSe shots, trim hooves, copper bolus, and shave udders and back ends. Then, in about 4 weeks we'll start the birthing of our favorite babies on the planet!!!
In 2009, Steve and I moved to a rural rental on the outskirts of San Diego to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and to get away from the chemicals in our food and in our life. Little did we know that just a few years later we would be real farmers; growing fruits, vegetables and herbs, as well as many different kinds of chickens, ducks, turkey, bunnies, guineas, quail, goats and more! We left the suburbs for "Green Acres" and haven't looked back since!