Saturday, April 24, 2010

Heritage Chickens, New Butter Dish and A New Dairy Goat!!!


I am sooooooo excited!!

When I bought my Nubian Buck, Thunder last fall, I saw that the nice lady that I got him from raises Buckeye chickens. I fell in love with them and inquired about purchasing some fertile eggs for hatching some of them for myself. I picked up those 40 eggs today! I have the incubator warming up and hope to get those started tomorrow!!!


This super duper nice lady also has many beautiful Registered Nubians.

She has in the past milked as many as 25 goats a year but family obligations have caused her to scale down immensely. She bred 6 does this year all due in about 2 weeks. One of the does dropped her baby this morning, early. I was telling her how Saphira lost her baby at around 2 months gestation and is apparently bred again, getting a belly and making a bag. The belly is not a good indicator for her because she had triplets one year and didn't hardly look pregnant. I am not 100% sure that she is even pregnant now but she is making a bag so I would say yep!!

Anyway, as I was telling her my story she asked if I was excited about the milk and that she could help me out if I was that passionate about having the fresh milk!!

She offered to sell me one of her yearling does that are due to freshen in 2 weeks!!

I jus about peed my pants girls!!

Do you guys know how hard it is to find a newly freshened registered Nubian doe yearling in these here parts? Well let me tell you it is just about impossible! We hang on to those babies and do not share them!!!

She made me an offer that Danny couldn't even refuse....well he was muttering some words that I could barely make out about "yada yada yada you will have to find a job if you don't stop spending my money........"

hahaha he wouldn't do that to me when chances are he would have to do at least one milking a day if I worked. I have the possibility of as many as 4 does in milk at a time too.

I don't think he will want me to not be here!!

So girls there is some serious action getting ready to take place down on the farm!!

Between turning eggs, getting the barn and kidding pen ready, dusting off the old milking stand, trying to repair the cream separator, weeding the garden, planting the rest of the garden, mowing the yard/yards....etc etc etc etc........

I don't think there is enough time in the week for me to go back to nursing!
Instead I plan to stay at home and milk my goats, separate the cream and make lots of butter to fill up my new butter dish that Robin and Morgan gave me from Anthropology for an early Mother's Day gift. (remember I dropped a lot of hints for this one) They did bring on the milk!!!


Brenda said...

Congratulations! I can feel your excitement! I hope she's a good milker and you get to make lots of sweet butter to go in that new butter dish. :D

Teresa said...

Congratulations!! I can read your excitement in your words!! I haven't made butter yet.Might need to try that.

LilacCottageGoats said...

That is great!! You always were lucky(that is my dad always says)haha. I very happy for you.

the canned quilter said...

Love that butter dish. Way too cute! Sounds like things are really getting busy your way. Lots of babies..lots of fun. Don't understand why you are having problems commenting. Silly computers !

Sandra said...

love the butter dish and glad good folks like yourself like to keep chickens, thanks!

Dalyn (AKA The Queen of Quite Alot) said...

love the butter dish, and congrats on your goatie. I raise Nubians and Nigerian Dwarves, and mini nubians. Love the goats!

LynnS said...

Your butter dish is so colorful! Love it.
You are so lucky to get another goat -- and a young milker!!
(Still jealous ....)

OurCrazyFarm said...

What a great butter dish!! I'll trade ya!!! Ooooohhh! I can't wait to see the picture of the new goat! You lucky farm girl!!