And now, for a happy blog post about how awesome our winter is going this year. Our busy season for Southern Exposure Seed Exchange is kicking in, but there’s plenty of outdoor things to do. Because of a hard freeze on Jan. 7th, we had to cover the gardens with double layers of remay and harvest anything that we hoped to have in the future. Fingers crossed on how well our plants survived the freeze.
Our three kiko meat goats are scheduled to kid in January. Radiator Charlie gave birth on Jan. 3rd, and Sweet Chocolate had her babies on Jan. 5th. Despite being fat as anything, Grandma Nellie still hasn’t produced any children. Every morning at milking time, I remind her to work on it, but she doesn’t seem to care.
Only one of our dairy goats is producing milk, but Mamma, our best producer, gives us half a gallon of milk a day. We’re giving Lark, one of our dairy ladies, a rest because this summer she was sick for several months and still hasn’t gained back all the weight we’d hope. Lottie, Julie’s little favorite, hasn’t put on enough weight yet to breed, but Dancer, Sage, Calypso, and Beans are set to give birth in early spring, with Mamma a little later than the rest. (We had planned on giving her a break but the buck broke into her pen…)