I have been away from the blog for a while but I have a legit excuse! We have been moving! We moved to a REAL farm in Buckley, WA and we are in love. It is an old dairy so there is a ton of work to be done. The house was built in 1929 and was used as a dairy until the late 1990s and then as a horse facility after that. Because the house needs quite a bit of work we are literally living in the barn and yes, we leave the door open. We haven’t had our internet connected yet which is one of the reasons I haven’t gotten a chance to update the blog. We have also been busy trying to rebuild the stalls in the goat barn so that Ryder and Sade can’t jump out (more about that adventure in an upcoming post). Based on the amount of work we have to do to the house I am sure the “Farmhouse Renovation” section of my blog will be getting quite a bit more love in the future! As far as other updates go here is the quick version:
In the Goat Pen: We just got home from the King County Fair where Kate showed all six goats. They all did great and brought home lots of ribbons and even some prize gift certificates from Bill’s Country Farm and Feed in Enumclaw. My favorite part of the fair was watching Kate show in the Round Robbin event which basically required her to Fit and Show all the livestock projects including llamas, sheep, goats and cows. Since she has only ever showed and really even handled goats it was fun to watch her get to know some new animals. I will post pictures soon.
In the Chicken Coop: The chickens are moved and all settled in although I suspect they are still adjusting to their new home because our egg production has declined significantly (down to about two a day). When I get a moment I will do more research about how I can help them lay more but for now I don’t need the eggs since I don’t yet have a oven in the new house.
New Arrival: We weren’t in our new house long when our neighbor told us he was selling all his Hereford cows and steers. We now have 10 acres and nothing to eat the grass (the goats just like the blackberries) so we decided to purchase one of his steers. The steer is 12 months old so we will winter him over and then send him to the butcher in the spring. In the meantime we will be on the look out for a stand up freezer 🙂 I haven’t got a picture yet and he doesn’t have a name so maybe we will have to have a “name the steer” contest.