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Since we last spoke....

posted Jun 6, 2016, 7:37 AM by Jonathan Parrott
A lot has happened on our little farm since I last updated this site. Our numbers have grown to 12 goats, 2 horses, 1 donkey, 1 alpaca, 1 puppy, and 4 barn cats! We have been quite busy trying to get everyone acclimated to their new homes and friends. Meet our new additions: 

Bambi and Oreo
Meet Bambi and Oreo! These two babies are the start to a new division on our farm... aka Milking and Producing. While they are both only about 4 months old, our plan for these two are to produce enough milk to sell and process into cheese and lotions. We had considered soaps also, but I don't think I am brave enough to attempt that just yet. 

This little family was added almost two weeks ago. They are full blooded, non-registered Kiko's. While we had one Kiko on the farm already (Momma), we added this group in an attempt to start a Kiko-Boer crossed commercial herd that has more stamina than a 100% Boer in our climate. We have struggled with worms as warm and wet as it has been in East Tennessee this year. These little guys will hopefully not have any problem with the climate though. 

It was not our intention to add to our barn cat population, but a couple weeks ago, I came home from work to find four baby kittens. The stray we had kinda adopted earlier in the year popped up pregnant right about the same time we had gotten a bit of news ourselves... keep reading for the juicy part. The babies and momma cat are doing well and have taken refuge in a goat stall. Surprising enough to me, the goats enjoy the babies being there and haven't bothered them in the least! Go figure!! I didn't think they would make it without being trampled. 

This little fluff ball is Hank. He is now 9 weeks old and lives with the goats. It is our goal that he becomes a guardian for the goats while they are in the field, but right now, he is all puppy!! He likes to run and play with the goats but then nap under my legs. We will see how much shepherding he does as he gets a little older. If you have any pointers on raising a guardian dog, please comment and share!!! We are new to this!

Last but certainly not least, this is Sam aka Mr. Alpaca. He reminds me of that slightly awkward professor/teacher that everyone loves and no one understands. He stays out with the goats all day and very.... awkwardly... keeps them safe! He does his job of keeping dogs out of the field...even Hank, and the goats have finally warmed up to him. At first, we had to force them to go outside if he was in the barn, then they would run screaming. They share feed troughs now. 

Please forgive the pictures, why google insists of flipping my pictures, I have no clue. I also haven't figured out how to fix them yet. NOW for the biggest news of all.... not only have we added to our farm, we are also adding to our family. As of December 6th (ish), we will be adding a human kid to mix. Gender is yet to be determined, but boy or girl, I know our farm animals will have their hooves full when it gets a bit older! I cannot wait to see it happen! And to update you on how human kids and farm kids mix. It will be an adventure that is for sure!