;

Morning with Milk and Eggs

Mar
21

Hark, what new goat climbs on yonder gate?
IMG_7611
That’s Valentina on the left, and on the right–
IMG_7615
That’s Aranel!
IMG_7596
While Valentina is a full Alpine, Aranel is a 50% Alpine, 50% Lamancha cross.
IMG_7605
She’s also quite pregnant. She’s bred, due in May. She came from the same dairy in Pennsylvania where we got Valentina.
IMG_7603
With those ears, she looks much more Lamancha than Alpine. I thought the ears made her look like an elf, so I named her Aranel after the Elven princess from Tolkien.
IMG_7627
She lurks jealously outside the milking parlor while Valentina is working.
IMG_7625
It’s not your turn yet, Aranel! See you in May! Meanwhile, I’m at the barn every morning and every evening to milk Valentina. First, I feed little Roman Reigns his bottle (while Cherry watches on).
IMG_7622
Next, it’s to the milking parlor with Valentina.
IMG_7628
I’ve done some cleanup and redecorating in here. The goats like things pretty!
IMG_7631
I strung up some really cute cow lights. And a flying cow swooped in from somewhere.
IMG_7632
That’s what happens when you hang up cow lights! Be careful!
IMG_7608
After milking, it’s time for the egg hunt. The ducks are laying….everywhere except….
IMG_7612
….in the duck nesting house that was made for them.
IMG_7610
I run around the barn yard looking for duck eggs, check the chicken house for the early bird layers in there, then take my morning egg and milk haul to the studio. Valentina is giving about a quart per milking.
IMG_7633
The chickens are giving as much as two dozen eggs a day now.
IMG_7634
I have six laying ducks, so they give half a dozen a day. If I can find them.
IMG_7635
These eggs are HUGE. Here’s a duck egg compared to a (large) chicken egg.
IMG_7636
I’m loving my mornings with milk and eggs. There’s something so satisfying about this life, the daily reward of food from the animals in return for the effort of tending them.

That’s my morning, and I’m sticking to it!

Comments 7 Comments
Share: |    Subscribe to my feed Subscribe
Posted by Suzanne McMinn | Permalink  

More posts you might enjoy:






Sign up for the Chickens in the Road Newsletter

An Early Spring

Mar
14

The cows were down to their last round bale.
IMG_7566
It was set before their feasting eyes (and mouths) on Saturday.
IMG_7567
They promptly started demolishing it.
IMG_7578
While their attentions were distracted, I checked out their girly unders.
IMG_7569
Tried to figure out what was going on back there.
IMG_7570
I couldn’t really tell.
IMG_7576
And they’re not talking.
IMG_7581
But the four girls are due sometime soon.
IMG_7580
I’ve had several questions about Beau the bull– He is young. A yearling bull. He will get bigger. He’s a full-sized Hereford. He will be big enough to do the job. He sniffs the girls every day, just checking. They’re not in heat because they’re bred, but he is ever optimistic, so he checks. Daily. He’s feeling his spring fever! Meanwhile, with round bales running out, we had another delivery yesterday.
IMG_7583
The cows were very excited!
IMG_7587
They came right over to check it out. Hopefully this will get us through. Spring is here, early. And welcome. Look how green it is!
IMG_7592
Our order of meat chicks should be arriving this week. Grass is growing. The chickens are delivering two dozen eggs a day, and the ducks are laying, too. It’s time for flowers and vegetables and herbs to go in the ground. Speaking of gardens….
IMG_7572
Initial dirt work for a big new garden started here this weekend. I’m ready for a big garden! I need seeds….this week. I’m ready for seeds and calves and more goat babies.

It’s spring. Early!!! (We really needed that this year!)

Comments 7 Comments
Share: |    Subscribe to my feed Subscribe
Posted by Suzanne McMinn | Permalink  

More posts you might enjoy:






  1. IMG_7373

    February 26, 2016 - This Is the Life

    Two strainer pots of chevre draining in my fridge.

    Can’t wait. I love goat cheese. I’m really enjoying having dairy goats again, especially better behaved dairy goats. And just as important as the cheese, the goats are filling a gap while Glory Bee is dried off awaiting her next calf. I like being able to provide my own dairy, and don’t like it when I … Continued…

  1. IMG_7371

    February 11, 2016 - Nobody Ever Said Winter Was Fun

    We really didn’t have winter here until around the end of January when we got that foot and a half of snow. Snow always sounds so magical. Until it snows.

    It’s been snowing again this week, but at least it’s not that quantity. Just daily dustings, enough to keep the roads slick and make repeat daily trips to the barn an uncomfortable and non-magical experience. … Continued…

  1. IMG_7176

    January 19, 2016 - Wrasslin’

    My name is Suzanne and I watch wrestling.

    This addictive problem has become so evilly entrenched in my life that I attended a WWE live event at the Charleston Civic Center last weekend.

    Wrestling (or “wrasslin'” as it’s better known in redneck terms) is perhaps the most ridiculous pseudo sport on the face of the earth. After all, watching grown men in tights, capes, superhero masks, and other … Continued…

  1. IMG_6946

    December 25, 2015 - The Pup Who Stole Christmas

    Everyone down in the goat yard loved Christmas….

    ….a lot!

    But the pup who lived just around the farm in the little white house did not.

    Don’t ask why. No one knows. It could be her tail wasn’t screwed on quite right. Or her tutus were too tight…. Continued…

  1. IMG_6652

    November 12, 2015 - Stories from the Workshops

    I’m smack in the middle of a series of back-to-back workshops. There was one last Saturday, there’s one this Saturday, and another one the Saturday after that. Then I have Thanksgiving weekend off, and another two workshop weekends in a row in December. Then that’s it for the year. Since spring, I’ve held three workshop weekends a month, most months, and it’s been a busy time of it! But I … Continued…

  1. IMG_6498

    September 28, 2015 - Counting in Cow Time

    Bradley the bull has gone bye-bye.

    The separating and loading went quicker than I expected, but it still wasn’t easy. The owner of the bull backed his truck and trailer into the access road behind the back barnyard. The cows were all in the back barnyard. The gate was opened and the bull guy used a bucket of feed to convince the bull to come … Continued…

Daily Farm












If you would like to help support the overhead costs of this website, you may donate. Thank you!

Sign up for the
Chickens in the Road Newsletter




The Slanted Little House

"It was a cold wintry day when I brought my children to live in rural West Virginia. The farmhouse was one hundred years old, there was already snow on the ground, and the heat was sparse-—as was the insulation. The floors weren’t even, either. My then-twelve-year-old son walked in the door and said, “You’ve brought us to this slanted little house to die." Keep reading our story....



Today on Chickens in the Road


Join the Community in the Forum

Search This Blog



Out My Window

Walton, WV
63°
54°
Sun
44°
Mon
39°
Tue
Weather from OpenWeatherMap

Calendar

January 2017
S M T W T F S
« Dec    
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031  


I Love Your Comments

I Have a Cow


And she's ornery. Read my barnyard stories!





Entire Contents © Copyright 2004-2017 Chickens in the Road, Inc.
Text and photographs may not be published, broadcast, redistributed or aggregated without express permission. Thank you.

Privacy Policy, Disclosure, Disclaimer, and Terms of Use

Contact