Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Herbal Maid Fiber Farm is offering another 2 workshops in September
"Colored Angora Goat Genetics- (In time for making breeding decisions) This is a repeat of the intensive course I gave last year and would help you make intelligent breeding decisions for color, pattern, horn and eye color."
Putting up late summer bounty
She's offering them for 30 dollars each or 50 for both classes.
Our goats are Alpine not Angora. Although I would love to get into angora goats eventually and I'm thinking that knowing more about genetics and breeding them would help when you go to buy some. You would know for sure your looking at a quality animal right? Plus I know nothing about goat genetics at all. I'm already trying to decide if I want to breed little Linus in with the girls since he's not an Alpine like the rest.
oh and my garden crashed and burned this year. so taking the summer bounty course would only be helpful if I was willing to go buy all the veggies at the supermarket or farms market, cause they sure aren't coming out of our garden (I mean weed pit) this year.
One thing I know for sure I want to take is being offered through Olds College Continuing Education.
Lambing Fundamentals 101-
yes it's about sheep not goats but it covers a lot of the same topics I think you will have when delivering goats. And seeing as I've never done either...
It's not offered until march But I'm hoping to set Romeo on the girls for December which means we should have kids until May and therefore...I'll be able to take the course and hopefully have some clue as to what I'm doing by the time the girls are ready.
there also offering an
Introduction to sheep nutrition in October. But I'm really up in the air about if I would need that. Sheep and Goats seem to have very different tastes.
Monday, August 30, 2010
So I found a used one (where else but kijiji) and took the kids on a road trip most of the day to go get it. (the human children not the goat kids) The Area up around Saint Paul is so picturesque.
It's in rougher shape. Needs a good cleaning. and some wires reattached (funny we know an electrician ~My Dad) and a new hose. But for $100 instead of 4 I figure we've still done better. Although Chris is really starting to love my cheapness...me cheap = Chris has ANOTHER job.
Since it probably need a paint job anyways. I'm thinking of painting it matte black on the outside. I read a blog a few days ago saying that by painting all his watering tanks black one guy had managed to cut his energy consumption considerably. Since the black absorbs the UV rays and naturally heats the tank quite a bit on its own. Hey if you have to paint it, might as well do it in a useful color.
When I texted this picture to my dad he told me "You might have to tie horns to the dogs ro get him to play with them"
The Kitten that was originally suppose to be named Chevy? and is now just referred to as Meow Meow.
In the year and a bit she's been here she's turned into a lean mean hunting machine.
I even admitted to the seller I had no idea if I was ready for goats, and she told me the only way was to jump in both feet, she had no real clue about goats when she first got them either. But there is so much information on line...
We went and picked them up today 4 little girls and a buck named Romeo. Amazingly we got all 5 into the extra large dog cage we had for Maggie.
Sweetheart, on the left. Juliet is black, Hopper, and you can just see Little Ones ears and horns peeking over on the right.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
I was assuming ( I know, I know) that any of the butchers in the area would process the chickens for us. Especially when their ads say all animals. But I guess technically a chicken is a bird. Not an animal.
Anyways turns out there's only 2 chicken processors in Alberta. Down in Lethbridge. and up in St. Paul which is still about a 2 hour drive from here.
We talked about taking them to St. Paul. but they want over 70 dollars to do up the chickens. Plus the time and gas...
well long story short, we decided that this would be a problem again next year so maybe we should look at a longer term solution.
The chicken plucker 10 000.
Okay it's probably not called 10 000 I just named it that because of the hours and I mean H-O-U-R-S it took to put together. (Note to self- next time when it costs 50 bucks extra to get one pre-assembled. DON'T BE SO CHEAP!!!!)
and now...I'm Doing lots of reading like how to butcher a chicken tutorial
and how to process a chicken on The Deliberate Agrarian Blogspot
***Note Most of the Pictures are quite graphic~just so your warned****
trying to figure out exactly what I'm doing before we even attempt this.