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My experience with a sudden lump on my dairy goat- It’s NOT Caseous Lymphadenitis (CL)!

Caseous Lymphadenitis (CL) is a chronic contagious disease affecting mainly sheep and goats This disease is also called pseudotuberculosis or often “abscesses,” and has been referred to as the curse of the goat industry throughout the world.

The locations shown in the photo are where CL lumps typically appear.

On Feb 11th I noticed a lump just below my doe’s ear

The island of orphaned farm animals & more…


The girls are both at school today (well they were, then one came home sick!) and I’ve amazingly had a few spare minutes so I figured I’d sit down and try to write a blog post! Terrible intro huh?! Lets try again…

There’s lots going on here at Homestead right now. One of the most exciting things that we have going on is that we’ve decided to take up Maple sugaring! 

Initially we had planned on maple sugaring to sell syrup, as one of our first family farm projects.

The saga of our milking goat’s pregnancy…

I’ve been a goat owner since July 2014. I’m very much a newbie when it comes to goat ownership. The folks on the goat forums that I frequent can vouch for that as they must be positively sick of hearing my thoughts and questions.

It seems like we’ve been back and fourth about if our goat is pregnant or not and the daily question is, does this mean it baby time?

And then there was one…

For months a certain someone has been begging to go to her sister's school. You see we read in the newspaper about how PreK screenings were being done before the holidays and at the mention she was insistent on going. I was open to the possibility but very sure she'd change her tune as soon as it came time to leave my side. You know, as I I write this I'm remembering how eager she was to go to Montessori School with Everly back in Evansville right around the time Grayson was born.  Anyway, we humored her and off to the screening she went. She was practically a mute! The screener had to work very hard to engage her and could hardly get a whisper out of her...

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Kmart’s Online Layaway Program Ruins The Holiday For Many…

If you are a Kmart customer with an online layaway contract you might be unpleasantly surprised this week. At this writing there are about 704 angry consumers battling Kmart over their unfulfilled layaway contracts. Unfortunately, we happen to be one of them. It seems Kmart did a piss-poor job of reconciling the online layaway order contracts with the actual warehouse inventory and now paid in full online initiated layaway customers and being left high and dry when the time comes to ship the goods. KMART ONLINE LAYAWAY CONTRACTS CANCELLED- ITEMS OUT OF STOCK Kmart sends out confusing emails about layaway contracts being cancelled...

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Mom, it’s like a zoo around here! St. Francis of Assisi at work?

After quite a stint of pet woes it seems we are getting a dose of some animal cuteness. A chick hatched out last week that we have in a brooder inside the house right now. Super cute! The husky dog returned to have some fun. She's cute and sweet as long as there aren't any poultry that could become her playthings. Munched poultry is NOT cute and I just had to process a prized hen last week because husky "played" with her.  Nathan jumped in the farm's work truck to drive the husky back to her home- three miles away when a kitten jumps from the truck, in to his arms...

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All before 8am on a farm…

Most mornings I've got Nathan to help me with a portion of the homestead chores but harvest season is upon us so he's been off working occasional early mornings and even right through the weekends around Tanglefoot Ranch. This means I'll fly solo for the chores here on the homestead. Here is a glimpse of what flying solo for our early morning chores looks like: The alarm sounds for me at 6am. I've got to feed Miss Everly and oversee her dressing and getting off to school. Grayson wakes shortly after I rouse Everly at 6:20am. Everly had a rough day at school with a friend the day before so we special have plans for Everly to write the friend a feelings note this morning. Everly eats, dresses, works on her note and we head out...

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It’s oddly quiet…

Things are in transition again. It's very quite here in the mornings and oddly, I'm feeling a touch of calmness. Could it be that we are forging a new yearlong routine? Is it just that I'm down to juggling two kids during this time? Is it because needs are being better met in our new arrangement? It's probably a combination of everything. My oldest, Miss Everly, is a Kindergartener. Her first day of school was Friday, today was her first day on the school bus. All summer I've been back and forth about school. For the preschool years she was in a Montessori coop type setting with a 3 hr class in a fellow mom's home several days a week. We also pull from the Montessori method where home education is concerned and have several...

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We have hatching…

Over the last three weeks we've been monitoring the humidity and temperature of our homemade "Coolerbator" egg incubator. My last post was about counting our chickens before they'd hatched.. So far, our 15 mail order chicks have arrived and are thriving. Today our incubated eggs are cheeping & beginning to hatch! The eggs have been on lockdown since friday because hatch day was supposed to be nearing but secretly in the back of our mind we hadn't been counting on much to result...

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Swimming in chicks this fall… or not?

I'm trying to not count my eggs before they hatch but we might be swimming in chicks soon! Let's see, where was the beginning of this chicken saga? I believe it all started when we found our beloved Bernice, an Americauna hen, dead near the stock trailer. She was from the first batch of chicks we bought back when Everly was a newborn. She laid us greenish blue eggs. Here is a photo of her trying to hatch eggs in our compost bin this last spring: We recently found her dead in the yard, no signs of trauma. I thought her neck might have been broken from our too aggressive roosters, we had five roosters and they were all competing and sometimes gang raping hens. After Bernice I tried to...

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It’s unfortunate when you “golden shower” yourself… Right?

Someone has popped two top teeth through and is getting quite active, so active that the worn out velcro closures on my five year old cloth diapers aren't doing the job anymore. Must make time to covert the velcro to snaps, ASAP! Last night when I heard a tiny baby cough coming from the bedroom I went in all concerned. Has he been sleeping so long because he is getting a cold? I peek in on him and see exposed penis...

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