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The Hobby Farm

As I read the story of Stella & saw her pictures,oh how this has awakened so many memories of the few years I raised milk & pygmy goats. I started with two Alpine Does (females) & in a short period of time I soon had four Does of the same breed & a buck (male) a Boer meat goat. After these were breed in their season I obtained a Nubian Doe & a sickly Alpine,this Doe was not my choice but knowing to put new animals in quarantine until knowing what are the health issues as I did the two new arrivals. The other’s I had gotten first where all from the same farm,the last two from another. Little did I know the last two were due to give birth. Tho I’ve been raised around animals, goats I was not & knew nothing about them so without internet access at the time & personal cell phones the local library filled my head with knowledge,as I waited for books I ordered from a goat supply magazine where you could get anything from horn burners to cute little signs that had a goat on it that read,” Got milk ? It does a body good” anyone who knows me can imagine I made several of these signs minus the image of the goat 😊. As I was saying I was just learning when my son about fourteen or fifteen at the time had forgotten something in the barn & headed with flashlight in hand out to the barn when he ran frantically to the house screaming,” momma a baby’s born !” Knowing we just breed up & it was a five month gestation period I looked at him I’m sure in a particular way saying,” no son it’s not time.” After a few minutes of debating the issue he insisted I come to the barn because it was the Red Nubian we just got a few days before who was in quinine. When we arrived out at the barn there stood a baby the same colors with identical markings as his momma Red,an 18 pound little buck who we named abraham. I feed her a few oatmeal cream cookies to raise her sugar after giving birth to avoid ketoacidosis & death to the Doe.

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time went on I had fourteen goats,one hundred chickens,six guineas,four geese,a pot bellied pig,two Jacob sheep ( black & white ) with five goats milking. It sounds like the Christmas song “On The First Day Of Christmas” 😂. I would sale goat milk @ $5.00 a gallon giving it away if a baby needed it being unable to take formula,gave the eggs away most of the time tho I sold some @ a $1.00 a dozen. All the goats had biblical names except two Red & Pearl that I can remember now anyways 🙃. Which pearl went in the freezer after being fattened for a year as did all the rest who wasn’t sold or died after being a few months old. I believe the sickly goat brought what she had & it spread through her kids because she died shortly after giving birth to twins Sarah & Caleb who died along with every kid born out of that years breeding so the next breeding season I wasn’t sure if I could bear another if the kids ( baby goats) didn’t survive & would get rid of them when they dried up but they did survive Red throwing off triplets that year,her last year as she died not long after birth but all the kids born that year survived. Without veterinarian’s with knowledge about goats it was a learn as you go hobby farm. Which the my children & I learned quite a bit from the books I read or they read often just leaving it in the barn for them to read to me during a crisis having quick access because it was a veterinarians referral book about 4-6 ” thick about every animal & everything imaginable I believe I found in countryside magazine which had a wealth of information about everything pertaining to homesteading & getting the grid. Just for the record I did not intend to get that many chickens nor the pot bellied pig or many animals but we were gifted them from people who no longer wanted their nuisance animals so I graciously accepted being the animal lover I am & who does love freebies right ? 😂 I did get a

pygmy Doe & Buck with them giving me four kids & the pygmy Buck impregnating Red having her triples.❤

A good read about Stella


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