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A Tough Lesson About Barber Pole Worms

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Today, we’re saying goodbye to Penny. Yesterday, she was lingering behind the the herd. Being quite a bit smaller – it was typical to see her as the last one running up to our calls. However, what Aaron was seeing was different. She was lethargic. At the very least, she was still eating and drinking – so I picked up …

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Moving the Corral

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With Archie in the corral, we noticed some quick changes in the calves. Everyone had runny noses and seemed to be breathing pretty hard when we checked them. Archie – it turns out – is quite the wrangler. Taking note, we set out to move the corral to fresh grass, get the cows a bit more shade to beat a streak of …

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Goats in the Goat House

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The goats are officially enjoying their home, the Goat House. After the chaos of introducing the goats and Archie to their new area among the Goat Trails, we ended up tucking them away into the pole barn for a couple of days while the fences were repaired. Now – though – they’re back. And they love it. The whole herd followed us …

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Cows in the Orchard

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This is a story about why you don’t ever complain about the current amount of adventure in your life. (*Cough, cough, Aaron Crossley, cough*) On Sunday. While doing seemingly nothing at all, we acquired an ass. Not just any ass. Archibald Crossley I. We introduced Archie to his new buddies – the goats we own (I’m still entertained this is …

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Welcome Home, Archie!

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Our low-key, relax-and-recover Sunday got out of hand real fast. We had planned to go to the weekend’s auction – however when Isai and I caught a head cold and ultimately gave it to Aaron too – we were all down for the count. Luck would have it that Brian was at the sale again and kindly offered to bid for us …

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We’re Adding a Goat House

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Some of you likely aspire to one day own one of those gorgeous lakeside dream home with a backyard pool and boat house. I’m here to tell you where the fun is really at: a Goat House. You read that right. Naturally, with the acquisition of goats, we needed a Goat House. Most of you – the sane ones – would say …

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The Free-Range Chickens

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Day by day, it become more and more obvious that we only have a farm for the animals. Exhibit A: the freaking chickens. Not only did the chickens get an epic chicken palace as soon as they moved in here, but they are slowly making the entire farm their playground. Each and every morning – they impatiently wait at the …

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We Lost a Goat and Chick

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Any day in which we lose an animal is sad and gloomy. Today was a particularly crummy double-whammy. After treating a sick goat for the last couple of days, Aaron got out to the pen first thing this morning to discover she had passed overnight. Sadly, I don’t have a photo of her – a sweet little white gal with a …

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We Have Goats!

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I can barely explain the excitement that has come to the farm with our truckload of goats. After the incredible adventure to the auction barn over the weekend, we’ve been giddy to see our new animals enjoying their space. After many warnings – we erred on the side of “that fence isn’t going to work.” Our farm friend Brian warned that …

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Our Family’s First Farm Auction

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With the goat fence built, Aaron and I set our sights on bring goats to the farm. We asked around on local Facebook farm groups. We talked with some farm friend experts. Ultimately, we learned that – to fit our just-getting-started budget – we needed to go to a farm auction. I grew up in a farm family and even worked …