Sunday, May 26, 2013

Memorial Classic Dairy Goat Show

Yesterday was a loooooooooooong day, but it was fun! We left the house at 5:30 in the morning and got home from the show at about 10:30 last night. I'm really upset that I forgot my camera, so all we have are a few really crappy cell phone pics of Belle, and none of Blossom! The girls did really well though for their first time out, I was super happy.

Belle placed 2nd out of 19 in ring 1, and 5th out of 19 in ring 2. Blossom placed 3rd in both rings, out of 7. Everyone at the show was super sweet and we really had a good time. We're looking forward to showing again at the Brazos Valley Fair in September. By then the girls will be 7 months old.

This isn't the winner's lineup, but it's the best I've got

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Bare Nekkid Ladies

Show day is fast approaching! I shaved the girls on Sunday.. I didn't do a great job, but hopefully it will do for the judges! I snapped a couple of pics. Unfortunately they're not the best as I didn't have anyone to hold the goats (they're clipped to the fence) but it shows their haircuts at least. I'll update Saturday or Sunday with better pics, and results from the show. 


Blossom.. she's never been tied to the fence before.

Friday, May 17, 2013


I haven't updated in quite some time as I've got a new job and have been there way more than I thought I would be, and by the time I get home and take care of my own animals, I'm pooped! I want to try to start blogging regularly again but it won't be every day, probably once a week or maybe once every two weeks.

I'll start with some good news.
We got a new goat, thanks to LaNell at White Oak Bend Dairy Goats. She got this little cutie from DreamFire Farm and we are so excited to have her. Love the little elf ears. So I shall formally introduce, miss DreamFire A Blossom, aka Blossom! She was pretty shy at first as she was mostly dam-raised but she came around and is now just the sweetest thing. Belle is super happy to have another goat her age around, too. 

I don't have many pics of her yet, I need to get out there with the camera!

We have a show coming up! May 25th Belle and Blossom will be heading to the Memorial Classic show in Brenham. Wish us luck there! The girls are getting shaved on Sunday in preparation for their show debut. 

Now the bad news. :( 
This past week, we had our very first coop invasion. A raccoon broke in and over the course of a few days (we would fix where we thought it was getting in, and it would get in again) has killed all six of my adult laying hens. For some reason it didn't kill the youngsters, so we still have the flock of 12 plus one new easter egger pullet (named "Dale," thanks to the friends we got her from). 

It's really sad to lose the girls at all but especially in such a violent manner. Twice we found chickens who were beyond repair but still alive and had to put them out of their misery. They were all special little individuals and are missed very much.

Rest in peace to our dear Toast, Miss Bockbegack (Missy), Dr Emmett Brown (Emmy), the Red Twins, and the little lady we just called the Game Hen. 

Missy and the Red Twins enjoying a dust bath as Emmy looks on

Toast takes flight

Missy the Innkeeper

Little Game Hen, who laid a perfect white egg every single day

Toast frequently invited herself in the house

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Black and White Sunday 2

Little Belle!

Omg, I've been working a lot lately.. sorry for lack of blogging! 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Rooster Noodle Soup

A few weeks ago, we had a rooster show up. He was a handsome fellow, so I figured I'd let him hang around if he behaved himself. Well, he didn't. He tore up my Barred Rock hen, Missy, pretty bad. He bloodied the back of her neck so badly I had to put her in the "infirmary" (old chick brooder) for a couple of days to give her a chance to heal. So, he is becoming rooster soup.

I figured I would document the process (after butcher- didn't get any pictures that day) for anyone interested. I'm working with very limited ingredients, but here we go. First, I made the noodles. Now, I've never made noodles before, but I figured I'd give it a go. We don't have any in the pantry but I had eggs, milk, flour, and salt. That's all I needed!

2 cups flour (I used 1 cup whole wheat, and 1 cup all purpose) 
2 eggs (fresh from the chickens' butts) 
1/4 cup milk
 a few pinches of salt
I did end up using a bit more milk and a bit more flour to get the consistency I was going for. 

 I mixed all of the ingredients in a bowl and then tossed it onto a piece of floured wax paper. I later learned that I should have used WAY more flour, as my dough stuck and I ended up having to scrape part of it off and re-roll it.

All rolled out

Once it was rolled out, I left it to sit for about 20 minutes so it could firm up a bit. Then I attacked it with a pizza cutter. I thought this would be better than a knife, but my pizza cutter is dreadfully dull so it took some doin' to get it done.

This is once I re-rolled the stuck bit. Way better than at first.. live and learn.

Then I put them on a floured towel to dry for about two hours. 

They're "artistic" noodles..

Lucky for me, I have a great kitchen helper who was super enthusiastic about this whole process.

Helpful dog is helpful

Later, we got Mr. Rooster out and stuck him in the pot, and covered him with water. 

Take that, rapist bastard. 

Brought it to a boil, and left it simmering for about an hour. Older chickens/roosters can be tough so you want to cook them for quite some time. 

Once it was pretty well cooked, I cut up some carrots, a good bit of garlic (*cough*8cloves*cough*), and some onion..
At this point I simmered it for quite some time.. I wasn't completely paying attention so I don't know exactly how long. Basically until I could easily pull bits of meat off. Then, I put a collander over a big bowl and strained the broth through. I removed the skin (I hadn't been able to get all of the little hairs off when plucking) and shredded the meat. At this point, the broth looked like real-life chicken broth out of a box. Except, you know.. better. 

Delicious golden broth

And the meat looked like.. meat. 

This guy had the thighs of a linebacker

I returned the meat and other goodies as well as my homemade noodles to the broth and boiled. Again, not sure how long. It took probably 20-25 minutes. Next time I think I'll make my noodles a bit thinner, but they certainly weren't bad. I added a bunch of herbs/spices like salt, pepper, rosemary, parsley, oregano, paprika, and a few other things. Don't tell the husband but I may have added a dash of cayenne pepper. 

Mmmmm. Smelled reeeeally good.

And here's the finished product. It's not pretty, but it was pretty damn tasty. 



For real now

Okay, I'm actually going to get better about posting here now. I made a blog for my dogs, and I feel like I'm ready to be more active on this one too. Not as active as the dog blog, but at least once a week is what I'm aiming for. Who knows, maybe more! The layout will be undergoing some changes here shortly.