Saturday, June 20, 2009

Another Update

It has been even longer this time...well here goes.

The last two does kidded finally. Amber had a beautiful little buckling, Dustdevil, on May 15th and Diva had a beautiful little doeling, St. Helen, on May 18th.

From Nigoras

St. Helen
From Nigoras

I've been working on three shawls, all MMario designs. Talia in blue 6/2 weaver's cotton for my oldest dd, Hawkbrother in some chocolate corrie/shetland hand spun and Half Hap in a mixture of different small skeins of hand spun. I'm enjoying all three of them, as each is a different shape and texture.

We finally got all the fencing done for the main perimeter fence, so the boys are able to browse all day, the does are still locked up in a smaller area, until I can run a cross fence to give them a separate area. We built a chicken coop and got six Americuna chicks, six Barred Rock chicks and two Bronze turkey poults to raise.

Still waiting on the extra goats and sheep to be brought down from their breeder's place, she has been really busy with work and family matters. Today she asked if I would be willing to take a different doe than the one I was supposed to get and I said yes I was. The new doe is out of different bloodlines, a direct descendant of one of the top Navajo Angora bucks and does on her mom's side and out of a really nice colored angora buck, so really is an upgrade for me. She is only a year old, compared to the one she is replacing who is three years old and daughter to the other doe.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Finally an update!

Wow! I didn't realize it had been so long since I posted. I've been busy with trying to get all the animals settled into the new place and time has flown. I'll try to touch on some of the things that have happened around here.

We finally got moved in November! The new place is nice and quiet, our next door neighbor doesn't come over or bother us, which has been nice with all the work to do to settle the farm in.

I was offered two more Navajo Angora does and a cross-breed wether to add to my herd, the does were put in with a buck in February by the breeder, so hopefully they are bred and will kid in July.

We decided to add sheep to the farm. Looking at the different breeds, we decided on Shetlands, due to their size, ability to live on browse and pasture like the goats and I love their fleeces. So, we are waiting on two ewes to come down from their breeder and she is giving us a Jacob ewe as well. This is the same lady I'm getting the goats from.

March starting kidding season for me, with a nice single buckling born to a first time mom without any problems. Then at the end of March I had a second time mom give birth to triplets, but she needed help, as the first one came out sideways. Finally on April 3, twins were born to another first time mom with no problems. Still have two more does to kid this month.

I am now processing fiber and selling it on my website at: I call the shop my "Workshop" on the site. Take a look and tell me what you think.