In February of 2009, my husband and I bought our first home located on a few acres in Johnson, Vermont. We live here with our dog, Ollie, two cats: Elvis and Atticus, six Nigerian Dwarf goats: May, Chutney, Poppy, Juniper, Willow, and Jokers Wild, and about fifteen laying hens. And to top it all off we welcomed our daughter, Isabel, into the world on January 11th, 2011.

We're slowly updating our 1850's farmhouse while steadily working towards a healthy, meaningful, self-sufficient life together.

This blog details our endeavors along with our successes and failures- all in good fun. Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you again soon!


May and I enjoying some sunshine


Counting down the days

Lovingly Posted by Melissa Thursday, May 6, 2010

Whoa nellie!  Am I the only who noticed the coutdown this morning?  We're down to just a week and a half or so until Chutney kids and I have to admit that over the past few days I go out to the barn wondering if I'll be greeted by a bunch of babies.  I've heard that goats are pretty much sticklers for being on time with this kind of stuff, but its just so close and I can't help myself!

The poor girl just keeps getting wider and wider.  I'm certain she's got at least two in there.  I just hope there aren't too many more than that.  Of course, if it is just two, I'm pretty sure they're going to be pretty big kids- and I worry about my little mama-goat.  I just want her to have a relatively easy delivery and healthy kids.

The closer we get to her due date the more I am thinking that I am not ready yet!  Ugh.  I still have to order our disbudding iron (there are way too many little children that come here for us to leave horns on playful goats) and get paperwork/registration stuff ready for new additions.  I have no idea where to even start.  We don't even have a herd name yet!!!  We still need to work that out as well as get a tattoo number/code so we can register the kids once they arrive.  I need a step-by-step manual or a Registering Kids for Dummies book.

On top of that we need to get a new set up for the chicks in the barn.  After moving them out there a couple weeks ago they've been thriving.  It's nice to see them outside in the grass and sunshine instead of shut away in a brooder somewhere in our workshop.  The only downside is that there are 70 of them, which produces a massive amount of chicken poop in one area.  Sure they go outside on occasion but most of the meat birds would rather just laze around in the barn.  As a result the straw is pretty well soiled and we've started seeing more flies in the barn.  Not the optimal conditions for newborn baby anythings!

So this weekend we'll be spending some time cleaning out the barn from tip to tail and hopefully construct some better solution for the meat birds so they don't have to walk up and down a ramp to get in and out of the barn.  I'm hoping for a temporary shelter out in the pasture as they'll only be with us for another few weeks.

So anyways.  Does anyone have any good suggestions for a herd name?


  1. Rebecca Says:
  2. You and I are in the same mental place. I laughed out loud about "Registering Kids for Dummies".

    Like you, we have no idea what to name our herd/farm (well, actually, we have about 100 potential names, but need to narrow it down to 1 perfect one).

    Have you had any good suggestions? Bee Stung Farm? ;-)

  3. Melissa Says:
  4. HAH! Good one ;)

    Well I've come up with a bunch but most are already taken in the associations that register dairy goats! so I'm pretty much back at square one at the moment...