Posts Tagged ‘goats’

UPDATE: SOLD We are selling our Nigerian Dwarf buck Champ. Champ has a great personality, and is easy to handle. He’ll go anywhere for a bucket of feed. Champ’s healthy, and has had no ailments. I have test results showing he’s negative for CAE/CL/Johnes. We’ve taken good care of him with routine health checks, hoof […]

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THIS SATURDAY we are again offering our popular Goats 101 class! This time you’re getting 2-for-1 classes as we’ll add an extra hour and cover fencing in greater detail. This class will be a wealth of information for anyone looking to have goats or fence in any livestock. This class is family friendly, with opportunities […]

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Farm Store Open Saturday, July 1st, 12-4pm  This Saturday enjoy a beautiful summer day with a visit to the farm! This Weekend’s Special is Buy 2 Rabbits, Get 1 Free*. Curious how to cook a rabbit? There are several great recipes here! Stock up on meat to grill for 4th of July! We have great grilling […]

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Goat doeling for sale for $150! Clover was born 5/28/2017 to Bunny, sired by Champ (see parents here). Clover is a mini-Alpine (Alpine/Nigerian Dwarf), and is registerable. This was Bunny’s second kidding for us, and both times she kidded with no assistance. Clover was a twin, too, so hopefully she has genetics to twin. We […]

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Farm Store Open Saturday, June 3rd, 12-4pm  This Saturday enjoy the good weather with a visit to the farm! We have two goat kids to pet! This weekend’s special is 10% off rabbit meat purchases. Curious how to cook a rabbit? There are several great recipes here! In the farm store we’ll have pork, rabbit meat, […]

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Farm Store Open This Saturday, May 6th, 12-4pm  This Saturday welcome the warm weather with a visit to the farm! We have two litters of piglets to see! In the farm store we’ll have rabbit meat, chicken and duck eggs, bath and beauty products, beeswax candles, handmade magnets, coasters, and more! Address and directions are on […]

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Oh my goodness the last few weeks have been BUSY! You may have been able to tell that based on the lack of blog posts. So much has happened: pigs taken to the processor, springtime work completed, but today I’m going to focus on the new life that’s joined the farm this week. Piglets Born […]

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Wind Damage We are thankful we had no notable damage from the significant wind that swept through the region this week. The worst we suffered was that a tarp tore on the rabbit hoophouse, and a small hoophouse feed area cover flipped over. Trouble is, when the small hoophouse flipped the goats walked on it. […]

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In Part 1 of this series I posted the considerations we take into consideration in our pig housing. In Part 2 I detailed the first pig houses we made. Today in Part 3 I will detail our second pig house design, a hoophouse! Here are some prior posts about hoophouses for more tips and tricks: […]

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Goats Enjoy Christmas Greenery

The best thing I can say about today’s weather is that it isn’t as cold as yesterday’s was. Today we can look forward to a high of 29 degrees! The animals are handling the cold well, and we are thankful for that. Goats Enjoy Christmas Trees and Wreath Over the weekend the goats were given […]

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New Pigs We recently welcomed seven new pigs to the homestead. We acquired these pigs to provide you with more delicious, farm-raised pork in 2017. We take pride in offering our customers an alternative to the factory farmed meat in grocery stores that perpetuates a system that isn’t healthy for the animals or the people […]

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Done Milking For the Season

We are done milking for this season! The girls are bred, and we’ll begin milking again after they kid in the spring. Here’s Annie at her last milking for the year.             I originally hoped to milk year-round, but that was crazy. Milk production drops off significantly after a while, […]

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Every winter we work hard to ensure the animals have access to water. With several animal pens, this can be a challenge. It can be frustrating to refill a water bowl with fresh water only to have it freeze in a matter of hours. Here are some tips we’ve learned along the way that may […]

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Read Part 1 and Part 2 to hear the first part of the story! At this point in the story Storm is still showing rear end weakness, and we’re pretty sure he has a meningeal worm infection. The curative treatment we followed was oral dosing of Safeguard at 10 times the standard rate for 5 […]

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In Part 1 I detailed the situation and symptoms we found in Storm… He had a low temperature and weakness in his rear end. The symptoms seemed unrelated in that I couldn’t find one illness that listed both problems as symptoms. I decided the first priority would be to address his low temperature, which indicated […]

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This fall our goat wether Storm fell ill with what we believe was a meningeal worm infection. We cannot confirm this was his illness as that would have required lab testing of his cerebrospinal fluid, but the situation and symptoms would indicate a meningeal worm infection. Today I’m sharing our experience in the hopes it […]

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Goats 101 Class Saturday 11/12, 2-4pm Join us Saturday for our popular Goats 101 class! We’ll focus on goats for pets, dairy, and land clearing. This class is family friendly, with opportunities to brush the goats, and get a squirt or two of milk out of the does, too! The class will cover handling goats, goat health check, […]

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It’s been so busy recently, I haven’t had the time to post about all the amazing things we’re doing! The posts will come, I promise. Still, I wanted to spend a few minutes sharing some homestead things I love right now. Roll Out Nesting Boxes If I could go back in time, I would have […]

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Goats 101 Class Saturday August 13th, 10am! This month we are again offering our popular Goats 101 class! We’ll focus on goats as pets or dairy, land clearing, and proper fencing. This class is family friendly, with opportunities to brush the goats, and get a squirt or two of milk out of the does, too! The class will […]

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I thought it was time for another Friday on the Farm post! Here are some highlights from this week at Independence Homestead: Goats Enjoy New Goat Pasture Last Saturday we fenced in two more sections of our woods as goat pasture. The milking does moved to one of the pastures, and our buck Champ and […]

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While we have all these lofty reasons for having a homestead, at the end of the day what keeps us going is that we get to eat amazing food. We produce some pretty delicious stuff! This quiche is one of our favorites in the spring and summer as it’s quick and easy, which is exactly what […]

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Taking on the task of bottle feeding goat kids can be a scary endeavor. Advice on the internet is conflicting, and it seems like a lot of work. Once you take the plunge and have a bottle baby, you’ll see it’s surprisingly easy and enjoyable. Schedule We’ve had great success with this feeding schedule: 0-1 Days: 2-4oz, 6 times/day […]

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Goats 101 Class Saturday June 18 at 10am We are offering our Goats 101 class again! Come get hands-on experience with goats, and learn about daily care, health care, milking, and more. Raising Rabbits Class Saturday July 9 at 10am In the Raising Rabbits class we’ll cover all the basics of raising rabbits: housing, feed, breeding, and […]

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We have a lot lined up for the Loudoun Farm Tour this weekend! Our ducks will be out front to welcome you upon arrival. Ducklings will be showing off their antics in a pen. Then we have goat kids and piglets that are ready to be fed and petted. For the daring, the adult pigs and […]

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For all the diversity in this world, some things are universal. Like how children rub their eyes when they’re tired. Or how the minute they see a flock of chickens, they’re chasing after the birds. We have ducks in the front, and the minute children step out of a vehicle they’re tearing after the ducks. On […]

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