Filed under: Farm | Tags: Barn, Cheese, Consider Bardwell Farm, Goats, Interns, Internship, Kidding, Manchester, Milking Parlor
Our kid count is up to 87, and more kids means more mammas. It’s about time we move back our barrier in the barn to make room for the milkers.
Almost half of our girls have freshened and on Friday we tasted the first milk of the season! Margot predicts the ladies will have a productive year. Our cheese makers are using this first batch of milk to make some delicious Machester.
Of course, more kids means more kid piles. And who doesn’t love a good kid pile?
Although most people know Consider Bardwell Farm for our herd of Oberhasli goats, there are, in fact, a few other breeds and cross-breeds that mingle conspicuously with the others. Perhaps most notable among the herd are the Nubians. With rounded, “Roman” noses, big floppy ears, and multi-colored coats, the Nubians tend to stick out from the black and brown Oberhaslis. We’re pretty certain they can tell they’re different too – the few Nubians we have can usually be found hanging around with each other. We’ve donned them the “Nube Pod”.
Filed under: Farm | Tags: Cold, Consider Bardwell Farm, Feeding, Goats, Hay, Interns, Internship, Kidding, Oberhasli, Pasture
Our pregnant does on a very cold, wintery morning.
Filed under: Farm | Tags: cat, Consider Bardwell Farm, Interns, Pig House, Pigs
The births are really starting to pick up on the farm; more than 20 goats are overdue and could have their kids at any moment. With the little down-time we have left, we’re trying to check off as many things from our to-do list as possible. One of our major projects was to finish a new house for our pigs, and William the one-eyed pirate cat stopped by to make sure we did a satisfactory job.
Filed under: Farm | Tags: Consider Bardwell Farm, Goats, Interns, Internship, Kidding, triplets
Goats typically have twins; occasionally they only have one kid, and sometimes they have triplets. Last kidding season, Margot and Alex reported only 8 sets of triplets out of their 86 does. Although our number of bred does this year is up to 90, we were still anticipating roughly the same percentage of triplets: that is, only a handful of trios in our estimated 180 kids. But there must be something in the air this season as 6 of our 8 freshened does have birthed triplets. If our does keep it up, we’ll have 250 kids on our hands by the end of kidding season!
Filed under: Farm, Uncategorized | Tags: Chicken, Chicken Coop, Consider Bardwell Farm, Interns, Internship, Kidding, Snow, Vermont, West Pawlet, Yoga
A couple of posts ago we said that our chickens can be timid and flighty during the daylight hours. It took the warmth of our kidding intern, Noah, to melt the heart of one of our Buff Orpingtons.
Filed under: Farm | Tags: Barn, Consider Bardwell Farm, Feeding, Goats, Interns, Internship, Kidding, Milk, Oberhasli, Sucker Bucket
Once the kids were comfortable on their wobbly legs, we moved those first doelings up to the kidding barn where they’ll be spending the rest of their adolescent days. The next hurdle: learning to feed from their “sucker bucket.” Our girls did an awesome job- with just a bit of coaching, they were latched-on to the bucket and gulping away after a mere few seconds.
We’re also excited to welcome Syrup’s heathy twins (a doe and a buck) into the herd! They were born today around 2:00 PM and will be joining the rest of kids in the kidding barn tonight.