A Few MORE Acres Farm

A Few MORE Acres Farm Hobby Farmers learning as we go. Chickens and Goats. We started with 3 acres just moved up to 17 acres now A Few MORE Acres Farm
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Newbie Farmers currently with chickens, ducks, dogs, a small start on a fruit orchard, and a Few Acres of pastures.

So this is happening here at the farm. Now don’t you wish you were me in quarantine with these little buggies ❤️❤️❤️❤️Th...
03/29/2020

So this is happening here at the farm. Now don’t you wish you were me in quarantine with these little buggies ❤️❤️❤️❤️

They’re 1 week old Mini Lamancha’s. Tiny ears ❣️❣️❣️. Tan one is Blossom the Sable one is Willow

Hearts are stolen ❤️ 🐐❤️🐐❤️🐐

These aren’t very good pictures, but we woke up to a bunch of hatches overnight. So far we’ve got Naked Neck, White cres...
02/29/2020

These aren’t very good pictures, but we woke up to a bunch of hatches overnight. So far we’ve got Naked Neck, White crested Polish, silkie mixes, barnyard mixes. The incubator is so covered with condensation that I can’t really tell is we have any frizzles. We also have a lot still pipping. ❤️🐣❤️🐣❤️🐣❤️

How about a typical morning or evening with A Few MORE Acres Farm?  Follow along on this snowy evenings chores.  While I...
02/28/2020

How about a typical morning or evening with A Few MORE Acres Farm? Follow along on this snowy evenings chores.

While I’ve been putting this post together the next farm event is taking place and will be the next post. ❤️❤️❤️

Between my OCD and spending 40+!years organizing everything I touched as a records manager, I have to show my goat maint...
02/27/2020

Between my OCD and spending 40+!years organizing everything I touched as a records manager, I have to show my goat maintenance, medical, kidding and bottle babies buckets. Each bucket is numbered and has a list of the contents on the front and the back.

All bucket items are cross referenced on a master list indicating the bucket number, emergency bucket or refrigerator (some of the injectables).

Right now and until it warms up a bit they are in our office closet. We have a cabinet in the goat barn where they’re going to be stored through fall for fast and easy access.

Totally loving the organization and I believe we have everything we need to keep the herd healthy and to get through kidding.

We’re going to have chicks 🐣🐣🐣in another 7 to 8 days! I put 42 in the incubator and as of a couple days ago 36 were grow...
02/23/2020

We’re going to have chicks 🐣🐣🐣in another 7 to 8 days! I put 42 in the incubator and as of a couple days ago 36 were growing and thriving 😊.

There should be frizzles, naked necks (Turkens), Polish, Bantams, Silkie mixes and some Easter Eggers green egg layers. Later in the spring hopefully there will also be some Sultans. I’m still waiting for them to start laying.

I’ve also Put another 28 in a second incubator due in 19 days with all the same breeds as above.

You can message for more information. I’ll be posting pictures as they hatch out. Fingers crossed 🤞 for some cute breeds.

This is our first time ever breeding with our girls.  I see some definite baby bumps 🥰🥰🥰🥰.  From the back the left is th...
02/23/2020

This is our first time ever breeding with our girls. I see some definite baby bumps 🥰🥰🥰🥰. From the back the left is the rumen side, right is the baby side. The way I learned it is Left is Lunch, Right is Rugrats 😂😂 when standing behind the goat.

I have 9 of the 10 below. Bella was in the dog igloo and wasn’t having any part of coming out for a photo op😉

As a little background to understand the captions, when a goat is pregnant and ‘kids’ or is Kidding - has the babies (kids) the first year she is a First Freshener, second year she’s a Second Freshener and so on.

So you’ll see that 7 of our 10 are first fresheners.

02/12/2020
FAMACHA Demonstration video

I’m hoping I’ll be able to post the video submitted to the university for scoring on this page. It seems to be too big to post, but I believe I’ve posted longer videos.

Note the right eyes were spot on with the technique. I need to practice more on the left sides. Figure out where to stand to make it easier.

02/12/2020

The beginning of January I took an online course and tested on the study portion of FAMACHA scoring on goats and sheep. The course covered the history, the causes of anemia in goats, worming resistance issues, worm identification, life cycles and effects on goats, pasture rotation for prevention of worm overload and a lot more information which I passed with a 99.

Learning and mastering this technique is vital to herd health. This process identifies if a goat is suffering from anemia which can literally kill them in a very short period of time. It is an easy treatment if a goat is anemic so FAMACHA scoring is a vital tool in a goat farm.

Today I received notification that I passed the demonstration section of Handling goats for FAMACHA scoring.

This section was much more difficult than then”book” section as it required that a good and clear video be recorded of me actually performing the process on both eyes of 2 different goats while at the same time comparing the lower lid tissue color against a color card. This is where each person having 3 hands would be a godsend😬

Rich was my videographer with my phone. Goats don’t just stand there and let you poke at their eyes 😳, and Rich doesn’t do much - truthfully any - videoing. So we were doing Take 1, scratch 🤪, Take 2, scratch.... you get it. I believe I deleted approximately 15 tries, I was also thinking a bright sunny day would be good, as the process has to be done in natural light, NOT! everything was covered in our shadows 😁

Holding a squirming goat, playing with their eyes, getting the card close to the membrane and trying to video at the same time created a disaster.

Day one videoing was a disaster 😟

Finally I decided we should bring up the milking stand with head locks that I made last April 😯. DUH. This would have made our life so much easier in the first 15 Takes LOL

But, we got it working as a team.l❤️. Thank you Rich for videoing, Rex for being first up on the test video and Lacee for being second up. Together WE DID IT!!

4 days, 1 day to muck out the goat barn and replace straw with a nice thick bed of pine shavings - 2 days to get my back...
02/05/2020

4 days, 1 day to muck out the goat barn and replace straw with a nice thick bed of pine shavings - 2 days to get my back so I can bend over without pain or getting stuck and 1 last day to muck out the 3 chicken coops, re-arrange their roosts to get them to snuggle closer together and keep the humans from knocking themselves out while trying to walk through to collect eggs 😉 and nice thick bed of clean shavings.

Lesson learned - a day a week is now designated MUCK day. Just to remove the dirty spots, wasted hay and refresh the stalls / coops.

01/11/2020

Solar Lights installed in walkway out to hay barn and goat barn. We’re getting there day by day.

Right????Courtesy of Mossy Hill Farm
01/11/2020

Right????

Courtesy of Mossy Hill Farm

01/01/2020

A Few MORE Acres Farm would
like to wish you all a Happy, Safe and Healthy New Year.

May 2020 bring you all that you wish for and more.

Cindi, Rich and all the Critters at A Few MORE Acres Farm

Today was an eventful day at the farm. Our local vet, Cat, with Foxcroft Large Animal Veterinary came for a farm visit t...
12/26/2019

Today was an eventful day at the farm.

Our local vet, Cat, with Foxcroft Large Animal Veterinary came for a farm visit to give annual vaccination shots and draw blood from the herd for CAE, CL and Johnes testing.

Some of the kids were in their best behavior and some weren’t. I learned a lesson. Next time my milking stand will be in the barn so we can hook the goats in for blood draws. They were all awesome for their shots, but the draws had me land on my butt and Cat very close to a hoof in the face 😬. But then if someone put a needle in my neck I might get a little hoofy too.

This is a proactive approach for us to begin our breeding for the 2019/2020 season.

We wanted all the herd checked over for general health, up to date on their shots and tested for clean herd status.

Blood on its way to ID to the lab and breeding starts officially tomorrow. The bucklings have been itching to visit the girls and their chance is coming 😊.

We’ll be separating them into 2 groups to hang out together. Tank will be getting to hang with the larger does and Rex will be hanging with the petite girls.

Kagney thinks she heard someone say there’s gonna be a BOY visiting 😉😉 she knows he can’t get into that hay feeder 😆😆

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah friends. Wishing you all a safe, healthy and Happy New Year
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah friends. Wishing you all a safe, healthy and Happy New Year

You must check out our frizzle rooster. He has the most amazing feather pattern around his neck. It reminds me of the Qu...
11/28/2019

You must check out our frizzle rooster. He has the most amazing feather pattern around his neck. It reminds me of the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland 😂😂. I think he shall be named King of Hearts 🤴❤️❤️‘s

And then we have Pigeon. She’s such a sweet tiny girl. She’s certainly missing big mama who used to pull her under her wing at night to keep her warm.

11/28/2019

After loosing one of our beautiful goat babies this fall because of lack of knowledge and the deer population at our new farm, I’m so excited to report we have a success story. That means as painful as the loss was with Annabelle, she is the reason we can recognize immediately the symptoms and prevent any other goats from being lost to this horrible parasite.

The night we lost Annabelle I decided I wasn’t going to bed until I figured out what we were dealing with and how we could prevent and/or treat whatever it was.

I stayed up all night on the internet, and also found a Goat Emergency and general question FB site where people who have been raising goats for a very long time will direct you to data documents on about anything that can affect a goat.

I searched online for every single symptom that I noticed with Annabelle. They all kept returning medical articles on Meningeal Worm (a/k/a deer worm or brain worm).

Meningeal Worm is a parasite which live in White Tail Deer, are expelled in their feces, attach to intermediate hosts (snails / slugs) is then transferred to the goats when they eat leaves, and the slimes are eaten because they’re on the underside of the leaves, or their slime trail also acts as a host when left behind.

This seems to become a larger problem when you live in an area with a large white tail deer population, in the fall and particularly if it’s a wet fall ( called the perfect storm in my mind😢)

We moved into the woods with our new farm, we’re surrounded by White Tail Deer, we had a LOT of rain this fall and I noticed a LOT of slugs 🐌.

I’ve read so many reports on Meningeal and I now know what we need to look for every day when we’re working with the girls and boys.

This is becoming such a problem that Veterinarians are giving talks on it to educate staff and colleagues at the clinics for early detection which is vital to have hope of recovery.

Then, about 10 days after we lost Annabelle, Rich noticed Lacee (one of our first Bottle Babies) appeared to be limping with her hind legs. So that morning we believed with the new toys in their area, she may have been head butted while playing. That evening Rich and I went out to feed and check on all the hooved kids in the barn and Lacee was dragging one hind leg! We were hit with Meningeal Worm for the second time in 4 weeks! Of course this was on a Sunday, we have an amazing vet who is very knowledgeable about goats and she confirmed our thoughts after we had talked with her about Annabelle and what I discovered with my research about what she had.

Now I had the knowledge, and knew what we were dealing with and backed with our farm vet we started aggressive treatment immediately.

That was 3 weeks ago. As if this week we have Lacee stable and her hind leg nerve damage seems to be less than we thought. The parasite attacks the spinal cord and works its way to the brain if not caught early enough (reason for being called Brain Worm). Any nerve damage would not be repairable, but caught early enough it would be minimal.

Well you will hear the absolute joy in my voice in this video of our little Lacee running, jumping and going up onto the trampoline, and running some more ☺️.

It looks like we have successfully treated the illness and Lacee is healed as much as she can be. We may even be able to breed her.

Our vet will be visiting the farm in a couple of weeks to give all the ladies and gentlemen an exam, their shots and test everyone for pre breeding.

I apologize in advance for the fact that you get to see a LOT of our lawn and my raised flower beds. I just got so excited watching them play I forgot to keep the phone up 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

11/28/2019

Today on the farm we tackled putting the “skin” on the tractors ShelterLogic. We have a couple more things to do with it, but need to wait for a good sunny day for it to stretch out the canvas.

Helmet Head has proved to be an awesome Dad/Mom to the 5 Guinea babies. He immediately took to them, has been training, ...
11/24/2019

Helmet Head has proved to be an awesome Dad/Mom to the 5 Guinea babies.

He immediately took to them, has been training, making sure they eat and drink and protecting them.

Now that all the special breeds are back in their own coops and runs, these 6 are motoring all over in the large run.

Today Helmet was trying to teach them to land on the top of the run fence to fly over and forage. The babies aren’t quite as graceful trying to get up and land as Helmet, but he’ll keep working with them. He was holding class from the outside and you can see the 5 babies in the inside paying attention to Dad.

A Few MORE Acres Farm's cover photo
11/11/2019

A Few MORE Acres Farm's cover photo

Our little piece of Heaven here on Earth
11/11/2019

Our little piece of Heaven here on Earth

It’s been a while since there’s been an official farm post. I’m in the car for 5 hours total today, so a perfect time to...
11/02/2019

It’s been a while since there’s been an official farm post. I’m in the car for 5 hours total today, so a perfect time to catch up.

The move went fairly well, all the chickens, goats, dogs and people survived and are thriving now 😊. We’ve had a couple losses and one Fox freebie, but overall not bad. With farming sometimes it must be as painful as it is pleasure full.

Unpacking is coming along very well, I’m trying to split my time between inside unpacking and outside helping with fencing, cleaning chicken houses, building ShelterLogic buildings and getting my plants into the ground. In the spring I’ll see what comes up and move them around.

We’re close to a lot of my family now so we also have off farm adventures typically in Bangor with My Aunt Sondra. We have a ball together. 😍😍

Pellets are in and we’re getting very close to firing up the pellet furnace. Rich is just waiting for the parts for yearly maintenance and it’ll be fired up.

It’s been cold enough so we’ve used our wood cook stove. I’ve even been able to heat out bread for dinner in it.

The goats are doing well. We added three girls to the herd and the boys are dong awesome. They now have their very own fenced outside area. We just need to add some toys for them. They have a huge rock in their playground which they loved when we had the temporary area set up.

We FINALLY got new furniture for the living room. It took years for me to find the exact combo of style, fabric,color, and durability. If we were paying that much I needed to LOVE ❤️ it. And I do.

We did some great leaf peeping over one weekend. This year didn’t disappoint in the color category ❤️

I’ve been working with my cousin to dry the mushrooms he finds. This guy is like the mushroom whisperer, they call to him when he’s driving down the road. Cooking with these babies has been awesome. As a mushroom lover, I’ve had a great time cooking the different varieties and tasting the distinct difference in each.

As with most of the New England and upper east coast areas, we have had some extremely intense weather the past 2 days, flooding, downed trees, crushed pasture fencing and loss of power. We’re surviving it all fairly well. We do need to work a little on our preparedness for outages.

We have a generator we can run to keep the house going, and Tuesday we have an appointment for installation of a standby generator since we’re at basically the end of the line. End of line means LAST to see the flicker of lightbulbs 💡😊

Our buddy Helmet Head is excitedly waiting his new all guinea fowl flock! They’re easier now to be heard so the excitement of them coming out in the next couple of weeks is high. In order for them to move out we need to build them a little house as a shelter. Most often they like to roost in trees, but they also need to have access to a sheltered area.

And I finally was able to take a picture to create our new farm logo and brand. I just need to do some adjustments to eliminate the fuzziness. I believe I’ve found a solution, now I just need some
Office time that doesn’t include unpacking 😊😊

On that note, I have us about 60% unpacked! 10 to 15 boxes a night emptied and everything put away or heading to Goidwill or the transfer station.

So that’s our post to get you up to date on our adventures so far.

And in case you’re wondering, we LOVE our new farm and are so happy we made this move. Leaves are gone and we can sit at our dining table with a view of woods, the lake and the mountains on the other side of the lake ❤️❤️

Ok folks. FB is making me a totally insane person.  I already was on the edge and now I'm totally getting ready to dive ...
10/18/2019

Ok folks. FB is making me a totally insane person. I already was on the edge and now I'm totally getting ready to dive over the side.

I've been working on our new Farm Logo and trying to upload the dang thing to facebook. It isn't hearing of it so I'm posting it here and I'm hoping that I can select it from my FB uploads to get it on our page shortly after.

I still haven't found a resolution to why suddenly our Farm isn't a Place!!! I'd been checking in since August without issues and it vanished recently as a "Place" to check in to. Since the page actually exists on FB I'm not able to Add it as a "Place" or Location. I'm gonna lose it soon :-)

Let me know any thoughts on the logo, since I can't get it on the page yet. I'm hoping it goes through ok. I still have some adjustments to do.

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Do you have 2 doz available of chicken eggos!?! :)