First off I'd like to suggest you read my wife Lindsay's blog, it is mainly about books and such, so if you like books and music you might get a few good suggestions to add to your reading list. She is just getting going on it so there is definitely more to come! Also, I picked up a book today called Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting. I'll let you know how it is, or click here to read about it yourself.
Next off I'd like to pose a question. Has anyone ever sewn a "cover crop" in between your rows of corn? Josh and I were discussing sewing some clover in between our corn since it is suppose to be a nitrogen fixing plant and doesn't grow that high (and since corn is a nitrogen sucking plant). Since we aren't going to spray or probably weed the feed corn field we were thinking this might be a good alternative. Just curious about what my fellow country folk think...
Goat update: Midnight has the scours again... They kicked in after the last rain. His eyes seem to be getting a little better with the puffer, and he is still up and moving around and eating. I called the vet today to check on taking them a fecal sample to get it checked. The nearest one that deals with "large animals" is about 30 minutes away (maybe more, it is in Leighton). I told them I would bring a sample tomorrow. What do they do if it is ecoli that is making him sick? Lindsay said she thought they couldn't do much but ride it out... We'll see how it goes; he's hanging in there pretty good so far.
Another question: what is the earliest your does start going into heat? I was wondering if one of mine had started the other day. She kept trying to mount all the other goats...
I'm going to do an instructional post in the next week or so about building a compost tumbler. I should have all the parts I need now since I picked up the casters today. Maybe someone will find it useful.
Here is a tip for anyone who might need some tools and has a shoestring budget. Harbor Freight is a discount tool store where you can sometimes get some pretty good deals. You have to be careful though, some of their stuff is pretty good, some of it is not so good. It is reasonable to say that you should have success with the basics: hammers, screwdrivers, etc. My dad has been using a couple of big drills he got from there for years. I have bought an air compressor hose that has done me well there for about $10 - $20 cheaper than I could have gotten it at Lowe's. Some of the pneumatic tools are shoddy though. I bought a paint sprayer that I never got to work, and a contractor friend gave us a framing-nailer he bought from there that we never could get to work right (to be fair though, he'd left it in the back of his truck for 6 months in the weather...). But if you pick and choose you can find some pretty good stuff there. I mention this because I got to take a trip there this afternoon and came away with a basket full of stuff: Some garden stuff, a few air compressor attachment things that I lost, a big speed square, a leather punch, a veggies slicer, a bag of little paint brushes (36) for $2, some nail sets, a machinist's apron, some work gloves, and all kinds of other stuff that I can't remember. I wouldn't have gotten as many of the little things that I did, but I only get to go by there about once a year since it is out of the way.
Thanks for stopping by!