Guess who started laying eggs? My lady geese made a nest in the hoop house and have laid about six eggs so far. Their totall broodiness hasn't kicked in yet so the geese let some of the eggs get so cold they cracked. I just brought the rest inside for Bob and I to eat. Goose eggs are pretty huge, I can split one with Bob and that will fill me up. They also have a little more of a creamy texture than chicken eggs.
In the future I plan on taking the next dozen or so eggs they lay and incubate them myself. Then I"ll let the geese try and hatch out their own babies. This is how I plan on raising geese for my CSA goose share this year. They will live their lives full circle on this farm.
On a completely different note, my art room in the basement keeps on getting changed up every so often. I had to re-install my small wood stove in the basement to keep warm. Bob found a bigger wood stove, but for some reason there isn't suction up the stove pipe and the basement get smoked out. So I put my little Glo Fire back in and have been staying comfortable downstairs. As you can see Thulsa the cat enjoys the rocker and wood stove combo! Having my own space is important to me. It is where I can go to concentrate, be creative, or just relax with little or no interruption. Even though I can do all of those things around the house and Bob, sometimes you just need that extra space. So I have been working on a painting, making jewelry, staying organized and fine tuning my web page. It feels good!!!
Here at EB Ranch Bob and I have been thrilled, amazed, and tuckered out by the first kidding of the year. Daisy Mae, who is a pure San Clemente goat gave birth on Saturday night around 8pm. She has one girl we named Strega, and one boy we named Elmore. She gave birth quickly and easily, even though it was chilly out. The temperature that night was a balmy 30 degrees, balmy for western Wisconsin anyway. But it was still cold enough where the little girl got chilled and wouldn't nurse. So I brought her in for the night and stayed up till 4am bottle feeding her and coddling her. I deemed her strong enough to go back to the barn and be with her mom and brother. Little Strega's nursing instincts kicked in and was happy to be back!
It's five days after the fact. Everyone is doing good. But, this is a reminder of why I DO NOT want to have does give birth in February. It's added stress to keep the kids warm and make sure everything runs smoothly. Just imagine if it was colder? In the single or negative digits? I probably would have had the goats in the house in a dog kennel. What a mess!! Daisy Mae was bred accidentally, the boy pen was left open and someone got Mae preggies. So now I get to figure out who the dad was. I may end up doing some blood tests to figure this out.
This is exciting for me, this is my second kidding of pure San Clemente goats. I'm helping add to the population to this endangered species of goat. For additional information please check out this website.
Onward to other business. I am deciding to try and get a soap share set up. The profits will go toward improving things around the farm. New fencing, misc. farm items and tools, along with feed. I will have a soap share sheet written up soon, but it's very simple. I'll just describe it for now and let me know if you are interested.
I'll have three different share options available, each bar or soap weighs approx. 4-6 oz.
Share A-This share gets you three bars of soap a month for a year! This would be a grand total of 36 bars of soap throughout the whole year. This will cost $276.00.
Share B-This share gets you three bars of soap a month for 6 months! This would be a grand total of 18 bars of soap. This will cost $138.00.
Share C-This share gets you three bars of soap a month for 3 months! This would be a grand total of 9 bars of soap. This will cost $69.00.
Shipping is included in the cost. I would need your orders and money in by April 30th. You would start to receive your soap in the first week of June. I plan on just sending random scents and varieties, but please tell me if there are certain scents you are sensitive to or that you just don't like.
These soap shares would make GREAT gifts for friends, family, or a treat for yourself. You can also check out my etsy page for soap and art for sale there.
One last thing, I finally have my LLC to be an official business! I'm excited because this will let me do more things with surety. I plan on making goat milk lotion soon along with other farm goods.
And remember, I'm still taking members for my Meat CSA. I have information on this page, or just email me with questions.
Thanks for the support!
Born and raised in a small town, then moved back to the same small town. Jill of many trades and happy to be so.