Saturday, May 16, 2009

This Week Around the Farm

Well I've done a little bit since my last post. I planted some more tomatoes into the garden, and some more gourds. I am going to try and grow enough birdhouse gourds to do a martin house setup on the north side of my house next to the neighbors' pond. My other neighbor, Mr. Poss, the resident "martin expert" says that I had the last ones too close to the woods and that I should move them. I guess I should listen to him since his martin community is thriving. They have been attacking crows and hawks all over the area, and frequenting all the area ponds. I really need some mosquito control around here. I think they are going to be especially bad this year...

I also finally went and bought a Heritage .22 Rough Rider Revolver. It is the .22 version of the previous pistol I had that didn't work right. As I said before though, this version has a different safety system and I think it will work much better. Josh refers to it as the "critter getter." I got to try it out the other day with Jeremy and Josh who tried out their guns, a Glock 9x19 and a Marlin 1895 45-70 respectively. It performed pretty well without a single misfire. The picture here is an example of Josh's rifle.

Today we finished building and installing the gate to the goat pen. It was kind of a pain since I had to fend off the dogs and goats while we worked to install it without letting them out. Our goat pen is almost puppy/kid proof now. We have to run a little more poultry netting around the bottom of the fence on two sides. Now we have to hang the big gate, which should be a big pain.

I bought some tubs for feeding the goats that should help more of them get to the food at one time if they pay attention. I also got them a protein pail which they seem kind of indifferent to right now. So now I am feeding them a mixture of All Stock, Dumor Sweet Feed, All Grain, Beet Pulp, and Corn. I am still working on the amount I feed them each day to try and work it out so that there won't be any left over for the flies. That is another thing I need to work on... I got a fly trap that is supposed to work with a milk jug, but I have been very disappointed in it (seeing as how it cost $12 for two of them).

I am thinking about using some Puffer for the pink eye and seeing how it works. Some people say you shouldn't use it in meat goats, but since I don't plan on eating any of these I may go ahead and do it anyway. Anyone have any experience with it? I have the powder kind that you are supposed to "puff" into the eye.

It is all I can do to keep the yard down to a manageable level with all this rain. The new weed-eater helps clean up the leftovers though. I have to clean up the back porch though since that is Guthrie's primary place of residence.

Evan, Claire, & Donna visited with Jeremy the other day and got to meet the goats. I let Evan feed Guthrie which he thought was fun (He's 4). He did think that Guthrie was biting him whenever he would nibble his fingers. He and Finn played together a good bit. They mainly chased each other around in circles and drug out every stuffed animal in the nursery as well as chewed on crayons and markers (that was mainly Finn though). The picture here is Evan and Jeremy at Christmas.

We are having trouble getting the tractor started. I think it is the watery environment, but we can't be sure since neither I nor Josh really knows that much about how it works... I need to cut and re-plow the lower field so that I can get my crops in one day when it isn't raining.

That is all I have for now, but I'd like to say that if you read this blog and wouldn't mind joining the Followers list I would appreciate it. It would help me get an idea of how many people are actually reading it. I know a number of people read it regularly but through different services such as Google Reader and Facebook. Thanks for reading, and if you have any things that you'd like me to talk about specifically just let me know and I'll try to oblige.


  1. Well,
    I'm a follower now. I found your blog via A Homestead Neophyte.

    Goats are very funny, but also very mischievous!

    The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles.
    The Range Reviews: Tactical.
    Proud Member of Outdoor Bloggers Summit.

  2. Thanks Albert! Always glad to get a new reader.

    Josh wanted me to clarify something: The "example picture" of his marlin rifle is not quite right. he said his has a straight stock and doesn't have the added sight. There might have been some other differences but I can't remember. He is so detail oriented...

  3. Wow. Count me in as a follower too (I am Red Earth Redhead). You have a wealth of knowledg that I need to tap into. I had never considered gourds as homes for purple martins. I have been ogling martin houses at a nearby hardware store and they are ridiculously expenseive.
    I'm enjoying reading about your little farm and your lovely family.

  4. I have used the puffer for pink eye with some success. The fun part is getting the goat to stand still long enough with someone holding the eye open so you can 'puff' it. :-) We haven't had pink eye here since the first batch of goats I brought home got it from stress years ago, but that was what cleared it up. Remember, you can spread it to an uninfected eye with your hands if you aren't careful - or to an uninfected goat - so keep your hands really clean when medicating or handling them. I would get my husband to wear disposable gloves while he held the eye open, and change them between goats. Enjoy your site. Karen Mobley

  5. Thanks Audrey and Karen! As far as using gourds goes, there is a certain size hole you are supposed to drill and certain distances from trees and stuff you are supposed to place them. here is one link on how to prepare the gourd:

    I believe Native Americans used to use gourds to build houses for the Martins since they are so beneficial. I would say though that if you mind being dive-bombed by birds they might not be for you. My dad put his next to his garden and the whole time he'd run the tiller they would constantly dive=bomb his head. They are territorial... Mr. Poss says that you just have to acknowledge them first and talk to them and they'll get used to you.

    Karen, I probably will try the puffer after all since they are clearing up soo slowly. We use gloves and stuff and extreme hand washing... Have you ever had a goat with soremouth? Just curious if you had any experience with that...

  6. No, I haven't had any experience with soremouth. I've only read about it. Sorry

  7. Jason it's so funny you should say that you have a Mr. Poss living next door.My mothers' people are Poss,Doss and Moss yeah I know.She had kin living up there for years.Next time you see him would you ask him if he knows any of the family names? Thanks!


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