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New Kids in the Barn

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We’ve officially welcomed three new kids to Crossley Farms! Mama Goat has spent several weeks in the pole barn while we eagerly awaited their arrival. Aaron was constantly checking in with our goat farming friends to keep tabs on what stage of the process she might be in. Naturally, every time we thought “it’s time!” – it wasn’t. Randomly, this morning, …

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Morning Chores

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The morning chores are getting busier and busier. Thankfully, Aaron has been keeping up with the bulk of them while I bake this new baby. Slightly warmer temps have brought us a little more of a chance to snap photos and see the first signs of Spring creeping into the farm. One of our goat mommas – very originally named “Mama …

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More New Chicks

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Spring is on the way. Naturally, with it, comes Chick Days at all the local farm stores. We are horrible at resisting the call of the cuteness – so, of course, our latest couple of trips into the farm supply required the purchase of a whole new flock. Once again, these sweet little floofs are taking over our garage with loud …

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Single-Digit Days

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Since last week, we’ve been feeling the wrath of the now single-digit temperatures on the farm. Winter is finally staking its claim to the weather. It certainly feels like our 60-degree January afternoons are gone for good. With such frigid temperatures comes a whole host of farm issues that are, honestly, miserable to figure out. No amount of preparation can …

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Back Home on the Range

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Last week, our family took a quick little road trip to Estes Park, Colorado. While we were away, my dad took care of our cattle and goats while our house sitter Reagan watched the dogs, cat and chickens. As avid travelers pre-COVID, we never really had to worry about the abundance of animals that we’ve acquired in the past year. …

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A Crazy Night for the Chickens

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Last night was a pretty wild night in the chicken coop. We were later than usual getting outside to close the gate on the chicken run. By 8 p.m., everyone was in the coop and settled in under their heat lamp. With the gate open, a possum decided to help himself to the rotisserie buffet. Aaron pulled into the driveway …

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Snug in the Coop

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Chilly temps mean all the animals are spending the nights tucked into their cozy beds. The calves have a makeshift shelter to ward off the wind and snow. The goats have the Goat House with a heat lamp for extra warmth. And the chickens have …a rotisserie. The coop continues to be one of the most epic things we’ve managed …

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Billy Goats Go to Auction

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Today, our six billy goats went back to the auction barn. Seeing them go was pretty bittersweet to be honest. They’ve been awesome brush chompers through the late Fall and have really turned the Goat Trails into a pretty cool part of the farm. However, they stink. The very first thing we learned about all of the billies we acquired …

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Where the Pasture Meets the Goat Trails

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There’s this crazy little spot as you drive toward the back pasture where the fence around the Goat Trails creeps up on your left. Then, you notice the fence for the pasture on your right. And, every once in a while, the goats and the cows meet here for a chat. I begged Aaron to leave the easy path down …

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Moving the Bottle Calves to the Pasture

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Living on a farm, we all-too-often have to “work with what we’ve got.” We run into way too many moments where “if we just had a ____” can quickly lead to a 1-hour trip to the farm store partnered with an expensive bill to solve the issue. Sometimes, that’s really the best way to get things done. Over the past …