I hope a don't get a lot of zombies reading my blog with a title like that. hehehe...... Anyway, I have been reevaluating the farm and it's contents, mostly the critters. And,I am thinking about selling the goats. I know, the goats have been a big part of the farm but there comes a time when you realize what's working and what's not. The goats are not. Don't get me wrong, I love my goats but I'm not doing them justice. They need to be moved to different pastures. And to do that, I would have to put at least $1500 into fencing so that they can't get out. Oh, and believe me, they will get out. I don't have the $1500 to put into fencing right now(or anytime soon), so I'm going to have to sell them.
Plus, is you have ever had goats, you know that they have a way of (how can I say this nicely) being a pain in the butt! Every time I go out to feed I wonder what I'm going to see next. Who is limping for no known reason, who is stuck in the fence, who got OUT of the fence, and so on. I swear they went two whole weeks acting like they were starving to death whenever I went out to feed. They were even losing weight. I was wondering if they were having a worm issue so I wormed them and kept a good eye on them. Then I noticed that they weren't eating their hay. We have a feeder that holds a round bale of hay for them to eat. I went down to look at it thinking maybe it was a bad bale. Those sweet (stupid) goats came running like I was the best thing ever. They plunged into that bale of hay (that they had eaten out of before) like it was candy. Those sweet (stupid) goats had FORGOT that there was hay there. This is what I contend with EVERY DAY. So, instead of worrying about what's going to happen next, I'm just going to sell them. They haven't really been earning their keep on the farm anyway. Well, other than comedy relief.
The rabbits? Well, lets just say that they are on probation. For some reason I can't get them to breed. I've even changed bucks. I'm wondering if they are just too old. Maybe I need to start with younger rabbits. Although 2 yrs isn't too old for breeding rabbits. I just don't really know what the problem is. Good thing I don't have too much money in them. I won't feel so bad if I have to sell them too. The bad thing is, I have clients who want the rabbits! I just can't get them to breed!!!!! Maybe I should hire a sex therapist for them. hehehe
The chickens? I'm down to 4 hens and 3 pullets and 1 rooster. (Thanks to Jack.) I'm getting 1 to 2 eggs a day. I understand it's winter and they don't lay as many eggs in the winter. I'm thinking I need to get some more young hens to add to the flock. Although we didn't get the new coop done this past summer, it's on the TOP of the list of things to do when the weather breaks. I'm going to keep my chickens. Those are the only things that were actually making me money by selling their eggs. If only I had more.
The cattle? Well, we have one cow, two heifers (young female cows who haven't had a calf), a baby bull, and another small bull that we have on loan from a friend to try and breed the cows. They are as wild as deer right now. No matter what, they will NOT come close to us, even when we have sweet feed. They take one look at us, throw their head in the air and run. I have a feeling when it's butchering time for the little bull, we are going to have to be like the Indians and run it down like buffalo. Could be interesting, I'll keep you posted. :0)
So now you know about our animals. We only have a barn for hay and a shed off of the barn for the horses and cows to get in. (Oh, by the way, the horses are just pasture ornaments. We don't do anything with them. I guess we could if we wanted, but we don't ride anymore. They just help eat down the grass and with around 50 acres, we need something to help with keeping the pasture eaten down.) The fence around these acres is 5 strands of close barb wire. The goats' have their own pen with woven wire fence. Not really big enough for them. They have little goat huts, small three sided buildings. These huts are eight by eight square and just big enough for me to bend over to go in. Perfect for goats we have quite a few of these. We actually have more of the huts than we have goats.
My problem is now that I'm going to sell my goats, I'm still going to have to have something to help eat pasture and hay. If not, we will have to bush hog the whole place so that it won't grow up and turn into a mess. It can happen really quickly. If I would have won that huge lottery, I wouldn't have this problem. I would just hire a couple farm hands and they would fix new fence, build me a couple barns, a garage, and we would be set. But, that didn't happen, so I'm gonna have to figure out how to do this on a VERY tight budget. Any ideas? What would YOU do if you had 50 acres of barb wired fenced land? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
So until next time,
Small Farm Girl, clueless.