Meet Buttercup and Oreo

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Yup, this one is a little off-topic, but I thought you guys might get a kick out of my latest addition.  Here are our two girls Buttercup and Oreo (I bet you can guess which one is which)!

They are two Nubian Goat babies.  I originally wanted Nigerian Dwarfs (which would of been smaller than Harley), but fell in love with these two.

Harley has only seen them through a fence and he totally lost it!  Hackles all up and couldn't stop barking.  We are just going to have to introduce them slowly. Fortunately, they are quite a ways from each other on the property so they can stay a safe distance away from each other.

They are just babies, only 10 weeks old and still bottle-feeding.  Here is a picture of me trying to bottle-feed.  Not a pretty one of me, but who looks good trying to force a goat who has been used to mother's warm milk to drink the stuff I am giving them (not beer, just in a beer bottle)?

I hope you all got a kick out of the pictures.  I am in for an adventure with my two dogs and two goats!

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G-g-g-g...GOAT.

 

I've always wanted a goat. Saves mowing the lawn. Buttercup and Oreo are adorable. Those ears remind me of the insoles of my shoes...

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Congradulations! They are beautiful babies.  It sounds like a happy family.

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OOOOOoo Lillian.. how perfectly adorable are they!! Congratulations.. So Harley is not too sure about these new creatures huh? Don't you wonder what's going on in his mind??

Please keep posting updates and photos.

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AAWW I wanna play with them!!! I want to play with their ears!

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Thanks guys!  Yeah, both Harley and Ellie were pitching a fit when they saw them through the gate.  We are going to bring them down on leash to look at them a little at a time (still through a gate), let them know that they are part of the property.  What's funny is that Harley didn't care about our friend's chinchillas, but I guess goats are a whole different beast. @Kate: I do wonder what he is thinking.  "First they move me to this strange place and now there are all these strange beasts I have never seen, heard, or smelled before... "

The goats are lawn mowers right now.  In about a year and half we'll send one off on a romantic weekend to make some babies.

I am going to start keeping a blog if anyone is interested on the daily doings of two suburbanites turned mini farmers in the bustling San Francisco Bay Area.  We are about a 20 minute car ride from San Francisco and only 10 minutes from Oakland.  So the mismash of farm and city might interesting to follow.

http://blueantlerfarm.blogspot.com/

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awwww they are adorable I love them.....keep the pics coming

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Awwww... I used to have one named BoBo... Have fun with the new babies!!!

Skyler says to tell Harley that the goats won't eat him... and that they actually make really good friends!!

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Love your Blog Lilian..

Blue Antler Farm sounds like a little bit of paradise with a goat or two thrown in the mix.

I can see you there..all Martha-By-God-Stewart-y... Harley will thrive along with you

xoxoxox

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Oh Kate, you just made me SO happy!  Thank you for reading it!

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Oh my gosh I LOVE the jumping goats, too funny, they are so happy, now I want goats, hahahahaha looks lovely and peaceful......can we all come visit??? :))

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They are adorable!   

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As soon as I get another matrress you guys are all welcome to check out the little farm!  It really is crazy to go from my place and then walk up the hill and see San Francisco, the bridges, and the bay in the horizon.  Hopefully by this time next year we will have the chickens, a full garden, and maybe some bees!

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OOOOOOoo bees.. I love the bees.. so glad you're planting the right crops to bring them in..We have a full chorus of hummmmmming from the nastursiams in the front and back yards... didn't plant a thing. just popped some seeds in there and voila,. it's amazing. Gotta love the way nature provides!!

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Oh I LOVE nasturtiums!!!! I planted some seeds this year and they are coming up now. Do you put your's in salads?? They are supposed to be a peppery flavor - just the blooms.

Love your home ........

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Those are just beautiful pictures!  Ahh, Mexico... We have Nasturtiums by our pond (with some Koi), but the snails are having a field day with them.  They are all hole-y!  We are trying to be more green and not put any poison down (also we need to be careful of the dogs), so we put a plate of beer down.  The snails were too smart for that.

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Maybe it was not their brand of beer, hahahahaha can't believe they didn't fall for that one.....

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Oh Tali!  I walked out there with a plate of beer and there were at least 50 snails around.  I thought FOR SURE I would come back the next morning and I would have 100 snails in my tin.  How many did I get?  Two drunk dead snails.  UGH!  You're right, they might have a more sophisticated palate than Bud-Light.

I saw one and flicked into the koi pond hoping it would drown and it floated right to the top, found a lilly-pad and started munching.  My husband says that snails are highly evolved....

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The only thing I could think of that you could do is put salt all around. I'm sure its a bad way for them to go though.

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ooooooo, salt is true but I would rather die in a drunken state and shriveled up.....eeeewwwww

I thought that snails were the ones with the shells and slugs were the ones without a shell that would get drunk, hahahahaha

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HarleyBear - i IM'ed you, but here is a picture of some guineas they are not cute but very effective.

Jeri

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Did you?  I never got it   And I noticed that I don't have an envelope under my name, I wonder if that is how it looks to everyone or just me since I am logged in?


Anywoo, Do you use the guineas for the snails?  Are guineas meat birds?  Will chickens work too?  We are in the process of converting one of the MANY outbuildings on our property into a chicken coop.  I was hoping the chickens might help take out those snails... but then I heard they bring on flies.... Sigh... it is a never ending battle with these bugs.

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I thought when you instant message it went to your e-mail.  They can be kept with chicken, they can be eaten just like chicken, they lay eggs that are about double the size of chicken eggs, but the very best part is that they will eat their weight in tick, fleas, and best of all hornets in a year.  We do not eat them or their eggs, but I use them for tick control.  We started ours as chicks and kept them in a coop that we would close them in at night, once they were big enough we left the coop open in our barn and they roosted in the rafters.  We do not have roosting boxes so we have no eggs.  They lay their eggs in the tall grass around our house.  We have lost all but one over a 4 year period, but we are getting more.  Our neighbors have even asked us to get more because it helps with the ticks on their animals as well.  We let them free roam during the day, but they return to the barn at night to roost in the rafter.

They are also good guard dogs, they get used to their surroundings and when anyone strange comes around they make an enormous ruckus that you will be able to hear.  Also if an animal is trying to get to them to harm them they will do the same thing.  I have not had an opportunity to get a picture because I have been working around our farm and Shelbi and the Guinea willlay in the shade together, but we had the guinease first and Shelbi has grown up with them. 

I was suggesting to get them along with the chicken, I have no idea if they eat snails we do not see the amount of snails that you see because we are in the midwest.  They are very easy keepers, since you do not frost or freeze as much as we do you won't have to buy feed for them very much, bacause they will eat bugs all day long.

A far as the flies, I do not have that problem as my barn was Chloridaine(sp?) treated when it was built long before I owned the property.  They have since out lawed Chloridaine and you can not buy it anymore, but you can watch the flies approach my barn door stop and turn and go the other way.  They used to use Chloridaine for all the dairy barns everywhere, but you know that if something works they have to find some far fetched reason to link it to cancar and ban it from use.

Anyways, I was just recommending Guineas as I find them to be a low maintanence purposefull bird that helps keep down on bugs, I wish I could answer your question about the snails.

Jeri

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HarleyBear, is that bottle a 40 ouncer?  OMG, your two "kids" are darling!!!  Goats are so sweet. And the chickens - I am drooling.  You are living my dream!

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GingersMommy, yeah its 40 ouncer, which hold about 2 cups of milk.  They get their bottles three times a day and in about 3 weeks we will start weaning them off the bottle (that will be an adventure).  We had some trouble getting them accept the bottle and I am sure we will have some trouble trying to get them off and eat grass and water. 

This has been my dream for a loooooooong time and I have been so impatiently waiting for the opportunity to live a more self-reliant lifestyle.  We already eat locally grown food, but what can be more local than from your own backyard? 

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HarleyBear

http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guineafowl

Did some research and yes they do eat snails, that would make it a triple bonus for you.  I am sure that by the time we are all done with you, your husband will love the homegrown zoo that we will help you acquire.

Jeri

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There is nothing like planting seeds and watching them grow. Or organic eggs - they are the best.  They are so different than store-bought eggs.  They taste so much better, are so much richer, and make a huge difference in recipes. 

My brother has a camp of 125 acres in the Southern Tier of NY. We went up Memorial Day weekend and planted pumpkins, watermellon and cantaloupe.  Last year he planted pumpkins only and they grew like weeds.  The bears and other critters ate/destroyed all but five of them, but we took them home for Halloween. It was so exciting for us suburbanites to experience that.  When the pumpkin patch was blooming, there were thousands of lazy, fat bees that were sluggish with pollen. They didn't care about anything but getting to the next flower. It was the best.  I hope this year the critters will leave at least one watermellon and one cantaloupe, just so we can try it.

HarleyBear, don't you want a horse, too!?

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HarleyBear,

I did not know that you liked horses also, here is a picture for you.  You will rarely see a horse that will allow someone to stand over them while they are laying down.  I have had Prizm since he was 6 months old he is now 14 yrs.  If my daughter would have stayed further away from us he would have let me lay down and he would snuggle with me, this is why I wanted the picture, because no one believes that I can lay down with my horse.  I mean actually puts his neck around me and pull me in, he has been like this since he was about 2 and 1/2 yrs.  The other horse is Whisper and he is boss horse and would not allow me to do this although he is the one that I ride most.

Jeri

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This is a photo of my lone surviving guinea.  We call him Wall-e after the robot movie(kids named him).  I was on the deck last night and he came up to say "HI" and mill about for some bugs. 

BTW I am also trying to get a picture of Shelbi in the yard with the Guinea, and she pays no attention to him, but again the guinea was there first and she has been trained from a pup to leave him alone. 

I was working fence one day and had Shelbi chained (50 ft) under a shade tree so she did not get bit by the barbed wire, and the guinea came up to about 6 foot from her and nezzled in the grass next to her and they just enjoyed the shade.  Then it was break time and time to move to a different stretch of fence and I moved Shelbi, and her and I were in the shade taking a break with some refreshments, and here comes the guinea making about a 6 foot circle around us.

Jeri

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Wow, I've never seen anyone that close to a horse laying down.