We are a 40 acre farm currently raising Nubian and Kiko goats, and Horses. Stay with us as we plan to grow!
Forgot to post the videos I got yesterday of the goats eating some cereal.
Let the older does and Chewy our to graze the big pasture this evening.
Few pics of some of our goats. Breeding season is in full swing and Chewy is proudly wearing is scent.
Random pics of the girls in the pen with Red
Chloe has discovered that Red loves carrots 🥕!
Look how much our babies have grown!
Red has been hanging out with his ladies for the last week!
Chewy our 💯 New Zealand 🇳🇿 buck is now in the pen with the does he will breed.
Magic and Charlee went up the hill to be breed to Astro. Purebred Nubians
Sorry it’s been a bit since I have posted. My goal is to start posting weekly updates. This weekend we separated are does into the pens with are bucks. Breeding season is upon us!
I also got updated pics of the goats this evening. Picture overload coming soon!
Got some much needed rain overnight.
Ladies are out and about snacking on some grass.
We got some stinky boys fighting for dominance. What be to before they will be separated into paddocks with some ladies.
Letting the young ones get out and explore, snack on the briar bushes.
Little information on chicken meat.
If you are unfamiliar with the difference between meat chickens and heritage chickens, this is a good visual. A heritage chicken is on the left and the modern day meat chicken is on the right.
The meat chicken, or Cornish Cross, is a combination of two chickens, the Cornish rooster and the White Plymouth Rock. It was first bred in the late 1950's as a result of a contest with a $5,000 prize! The cross has been selectively bred for the past 60 years to produce a chicken that grows twice a fast with breast meat so large "you can cut it like a steak", which was the original goal. The chicken you buy at the store is Cornish Cross, and it's only 7-8 weeks old when processed.
The Cornish Cross (also called Cornish Rock) breeding program is owned by "big chicken". The birds do not reproduce, mainly because they die of heart attacks or break legs before becoming sexually mature. They're just too big and lazy to mate, but even if they did, the result won't be another Cornish Cross. They are also a very fragile bird. A mortality rate of 10-20% is not uncommon.
What that means to homesteaders is that Cornish Cross is not a sustainable meat source. You buy chicks from the hatchery, raise them, process them, and then buy more. If the hatchery goes away, no more Cornish Cross.
If you are old enough to remember eating chicken in the 1950's, then you ate heritage chicken. Heritage chicken is what we have running all over our yard. Certain breeds lend themselves to being "dual purpose", meaning good for eggs and meat. Breeds like Rhode Island Red, Plymouth Rock, and Orpingtons are considered "heavy breeds" that are good for meat. Heritage breeds are sustainable, meaning they mate and hatch more. Homesteaders of old would let their chickens hatch new chicks, and eat the young roosters before they got tough (usually around 5-6 months old). Later they would process the old hens to make soups, stock, and the most delicious chicken and dumplings!
Heritage chickens have much less breast meat and longer legs, but a much deeper flavor because they are older and have more time to develop flavor. Heritage chickens (or young roosters) are popular with our customers that grew up in another country. It's what they ate in the village where they grew up. They also tell us that the chicken in the store has no flavor!
We tend to have more young rooster meat available because we incubate to replace old hens, and half of the chicks turn out to be roosters. It's tastier chicken to us, but if we show it to customers that grew up here, they say "What happened to your chicken?".
So now you know. Class dismissed!
Got some snaps of the animals this evening. They are enjoying the weather.
Busy last few days on the farm. We added a few new goats, 1 Kiko and 2 Nubians. We separated a 4 almost 5 month old babies from mommas. So we have started milking again! Chickens are picking up on their production. Our garden is definitely growing!
Busy morning on the farm.
Worked the goats today. Everyone is rocking their new ear jewelry. The youngest got her CDT. Hooves were trimmed if needed, and horns rounded. The last picture is of our new goat. She’s 100% New Zealand.
Our pup in training Cali
Gizzy aka Old Man. He is the boss around our place.
Meet some of our goats!!!
Today’s goodies from the chickens
Would goats make a good addition to the ranch? Here are four reasons to think about it.
Look at the variety of sizes we are getting!
He will be 3 months old next week.
He has been CDT vaccinated, copper bolus given.
He weighed 8# at birth, and 30# at 2 months.
Mom has been a great milker.
I attached a pic of mom and dad.
Located in Hulbert Oklahoma
Goats are enjoying the nicer weather!
Chickens enjoying some potato skins this evening.
Been a busy productive day on our farm. We worked all the goats today. Everyone received the copper bolus and CDT. Everyone got weighed out. Updated everyone information in the books. Milked the two goats we are currently milking. Chloes starting to be more interested in milking the girls. Lucas and Chloe both enjoy the goats milk- big plus we haven’t bought milk in 3 weeks!
Random pics of the goats from the last few days. They are enjoying the nice days we have had this week.
Chewy is our 💯 New Zealand Kiko
He turned one in January. Can’t wait to watch him grow!
Meet Peanut Butter!
He is 3/4 boar and 1/4 Kiko
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