Woot, I finally made some new labels for my goat milk soap. They are the simple wrap around labels, so people can pick up the soaps without getting soap fingers. Plus I was able to add a little more information about my san clemente island goats on the back of the label. I personally think they look classy and yet simple.
So I will be putting labels on over a hundred bars of soap in the next couple of days. I will still keep the old labels on some of the soaps I have, I dislike waste plus it's still the same soap! I am getting the bars of soap prepared for my soap CSA members. I will start mailing out soaps at the beginning of June. Some members signed up for 12 months, 6 months, and 3 months. Once a month a member will receive 3 bars of soap for the time they signed up for. What a great way to keep those dirty garden hands clean during the summer months. And I personally think my goat milk soap helps keep your skin from drying out. I rarely ever have to use lotion after using my soap.
If you have any interest in supporting my soap business, take a peek at my store section. I have single bars available along with my month share sign ups.
Thanks for your support, and enjoy the new soap labels!
The chicks, the chicks are everywhere! I have all three groups of cornish cross chicks here and doing good. My first group I received about 4 weeks ago didn't do so well, I don't think the batch I got was very healthy. But these last two groups of chicks, 25 each making a total of 50 chicks, are doing great! The last two groups are two weeks apart, and it was both their first time being outside! The older chicks are in a chicken tractor, the other chicks that are less then a week old are in a small kennel with the bottom taken out. While the oldest batch have had full reign of the grain bin and the surrounding pastured area for at least two weeks now. Not to mention the turkey poults and so cool and are foraging pros!
Seeing their natural chicken instincts kicking in is just exciting to see. They roll in the dirt, eat the dirt, eat bugs, eat grass, pretend to fly around, and are forming little cliches of their favorite buddies. The turkey poults tend to hang out together and are major explorers. They make the cutest little noises and sound like peepers on warm spring evenings.
As for the goats, I ended up selling both Tank Girl and Marcellene. Tank Girl was just too big of a goat to have with my smaller goats. She wasn't intentionally mean but she would barrel the other goats over if they happened to be in her way. She has ended up injuring two of my goats and I just can't take that risk anymore. I found her a new home with someone who raises boer, kiko, and boer/kiko crosses just like her! As for Marcellene I just need to downsize on my milkers and focus more on my San Clemente breed. She went to a family home that plan on milking her.
On the irritating side, the goats have found they can break out of their electric net fencing pretty easily. I am at a loss as to how to teach them to not do this, but I will keep trying. The grass is always greener on the other side, even when you are in new pasture!
Gardening has been happening in full force. Bob put in most of the seeds in the south garden, he has also started transplanting peppers and tomatoes in our hoophouse. I have lots of herbs and flowers planted along with some other cooler weather things. I have yet to transplant my seedlings I started indoors, I'm sure it will happen this weekend!
Big Ol' P.S! I will have extra processed chickens for sale probably mid/late July. I'm charging $4.50/lb, you can send me a message if you are interested.
Thanks for your support!
The land has become emerald green in a matter of days. The rains are replenishing the brown landscape, lilacs are almost in full bloom, the oak trees and unfurling their little leaves. I'm keeping my eyes open for morel mushrooms, though I have had almost no luck in finding these little delicacies other years.
Green grass means putting my goats, geese, chicks, and turkey poults out in the midst of all this nutritious greenery.
The goats have a permanent pasture, but they need rotation to keep the land and the goats themselves healthy. The adolescent geese are finally old enough to hang in the chicken/goat pasture and get shut up in the barn at night. The adult geese show the young ones the ropes, and also serve and very intimidating body guards. The chicks and turkey poults get put out into a chicken tractor on nice days. They then get put into their brooder at night. They are quickly outgrowing their brooder set up. They will soon graduate to actually living in the grain bin and being put out into just fenced in pasture. I just received another group of 25 chicks today, and will be getting another 25 in two weeks. I will rotate each new group into the other groups space as they get older. That's the plan anyway.
Rotating all these critters is quite a juggling act, but I thoroughly enjoy doing this. It gives me a chance to handle every animal multiple times a day. I want my critters to be used to humans and to learn not to panic. And things don't always go the way I plan them. I have to take the weather into account as I plan my day. If it's raining animals shouldn't be outside getting soaked, except the geese! I need to think about shade on hot days, and make sure everybody has plenty of water. Keeping an eye on everyone keeps me busy all day, I need to check up on everyone every half hour or so.
In the midst of all the critters, Bob and I have been doing quite a bit of gardening. Bob had started cold crop plants in our small hoop house. We have pea plants a couple inches high, along with some nice lettuce and spinach. I started putting in other herbs and flowers. Plus we planted all our potatoes the other day. For the rest of the month we will be constantly planting, watering and mulching. I don't feel the garden panic this year, I feel everything is under control, but just wait till the weeds start taking over....Oh, and the garlic is already getting so tall and beautiful.
I will leave you with a bunch of pictures to enjoy.
Thank you for your 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.