• Goats

    Just One More

    Our little yearling, Maizey, gave us a surprise blue-eyed buckling today just after noon. It was very nice of her to decide to birth her little boy on a day I was working from home, conveniently during my lunch hour.…

  • Goats

    Baby Goats, 2018

      I had intended to post this sooner, but I was exhausted. Mama goat Candy started showing signs of being ready to give birth late in the evening on March 28th: her udder was filling, her ligaments were soft, her back…

  • Maizey, our almost-yearling doe
    Goats

    Kidding Season: 2018 Preview

    I don’t know about you, but I have some serious spring fever. Northwestern Pennsylvania had a pretty harsh winter this year with record breaking snowfall.  Recent days have been mercifully milder though. Our snow has melted and temperatures are gradually climbing.…

  • Candy at the Albion Fair - Sept. 2017
    4-H,  Goats

    2017 Albion Fair, Goat Show Results & More

    This year, the Albion Fair ran from September 12-16th and it was our second year showing (read about our first year here). I was fortunate to be able to take the entire week off work so I could enjoy it…

  • Jeep & trailer
    Goats

    Transporting Goats

    In 2005, I was fresh out of college and bought my first car that was truly MINE — a bright orange Honda Element EX. I got a lot of side-eye when I bought my toaster-on-wheels, but it has been the most…

  • Ben at 4-H Round Up, 2017
    4-H,  Goats

    4-H Roundup and Counting Down to Fair Season

    As summer approaches its end, the busy season for 4-H begins. Now is the time the kids are perfecting their project books, fitting their animals, and honing their showmanship skills. Fair season is almost upon us. Ben has been practicing…

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    Goats

    The Bucklings are Here

    My little goat herd is complete, at least for the foreseeable future. On Tuesday evening, we drove an hour and a half to West Sunbury, Pennsylvania to get our little bucklings from Hills of Highland Farm. I wish I would…

  • Myles helping Daddy build
    Goats

    Building a Buck Barn

    Exciting news–yes,  even more exciting than a new load of hay for the goatie-goats. (Though they may disagree; they were pretty psyched about the fresh hay!) We are getting a Nigerian Dwarf buck. Actually, we’re getting 2 unrelated bucks —…

  • Half gallon of fresh goat milk
    Goats,  Home Dairy

    Two Months Milking Our Goat

    Have you seen”Anne with an E” on Netflix? I recently finished the first season, and it took me right back to my childhood when I was first introduced to Anne of Green Gables. One thing I loved about this new…

  • Goats

    The Kids are Here!

    Candy kidded around 8 AM Monday morning. She had one buckling (on the left in the photo above), and one doeling (on the right). The doeling is called Maizey (or “Mae” for short, as they were born on the first…

  • Our Nigerian Dwarf, expecting kids soon! | Little Red Farmstead
    Goats

    5 Ways to Know If Your Goat Will Be Kidding Soon

    As of this writing (April 26th), kid-watch 2017 continues. Every day I check on Candy multiple times (both in person and via web cam when I’m away from the house). While I’m seeing some progress, we’re still not there yet. The…