goats and chickens. chickens and goats.

goats and chickens


Second week, mid-March.   

Goats and chickens.  Chickens and goats. 

Gradually, I’m getting to know these animals, thanks to morning chores. 

I’m finding I’m enjoying this simple routine.  For the most part, it’s an incredibly easeful way to start the day.  (Emphasis on ‘for the most part.’) 

Let out the chickens.  Slide open the goat door.  (They’re not going out right now because we’re waiting for the pasture to get more established.)  Grain and pregnancy herbs for Mavis.  Check on the chicken feed.  Grain for Flannery.  A little bit less, cause she’s not pregnant.  Change the water for goats and chickens.  Replenish the hay.  Two different kinds- first cut and second cut which is more protein rich, their summer hay.  Grain and pregnancy herbs for Lucy.  Sweep up the goat barn and load the compost into a wheel barrow.  Handful of grain for Nettle- she doesn’t need it, but it’s good practice for when she will someday milk.  It also keeps her from running up the walls the whole time you’re sweeping.  Check on the baking soda and minerals. 

The first day I did chores the goats escaped. 


When Ben was showing me the break down, we forgot to put the clip on the compost door, so they busted out.  Danya and I were working on shelves when Dylan comes in and says, the goats are running around all over.  So Danya and I run out and start herding them back into the barn.  Danya was all over it.  There’s not too much damage to be done right now because there’re not a lot of plants up.  They did demolish the fruit trees that Ben planted last year, but I guess it wasn’t the first time. 

Like I said, oops. 

One of the many realities of farming is that you often learn through making mistakes. 

Also on the radar- there are lots of seeds germinating in the greenhouse. 

All of the onions and lettuces and spinach from last week, and now some early brassicas (kale, and cabbage), a few herbs, and some fennel.  It’s always so beautiful to experience the first glimpses of new growth in the greenhouse in early spring.  Because we’ve been surrounded by the white, blacks, grays, and browns of New England winter, the first chartreuse green shoots look like they’re glowing.  Magic in the making. 

This next week has a lot in store.  Just to give a foreshadowing glimpse to keep you reading, let’s just say, baby chicks, baby ducks and potentially plowing.  What could be better?





One Response to “goats and chickens. chickens and goats.”

  1. Rachel De Haven Says:

    Laura!! Meryl sent me this link and I thought I would read up and see how you are doing. Chris and I got to see baby goats being born (and growing up) on the farm last spring and it was pretty awesome. Reading about it kind of makes me wish I was back there again. Enjoy it!! (and the chicks, and the delicious vegetables!)

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