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Date:12/19/2014 9:32:30 AM
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Paradise Plantation, your farm is beautiful! I love Cochins, they are my favorite chicken. I think they have precious little personalities and are beautiful birds. I will have to look up the blue color. I've always wanted to try making soaps. We almost got a dairy goat this past spring and I would love to try goats milk soap. That's awesome that you have a good turn with your eggs. I'm really interested in the breeding aspect of chickens, but with so many laying, I'm feeling like we need to do something as far as selling our eggs as well. Do you sell to local restaurants, grocery stores? As far as the goats, yes the whole process is somewhat addicting, husbands beware (wink). This year is the first year we will be sending our wool out to be commercially processed. We've been doing it by hand for the past two years, and I get impatient because I want to get to the fun part (dying, spinning, knitting) faster. I used to wash it, and card it into rollags by hand, but I would sell out of the raw fleece before I could get anything done to work on myself. We love our goats, and I have to say they are fairly easy to take care of on a daily basis. Get your goats from a reputable breeder. I looked for 8 years before deciding on a breeder, they are far and few between in Michigan. I was getting ready to high-tail it down to Texas when I found our girls a week before our wedding. I really feel like you get what you pay for, (I've heard horror stories) and get them young and bottle fed if at all possible. Ours were not bottle fed but they have darling personalities and love being with us, in fact when we leave to go up to the house they stand at the fence and call us..so cute! Shearing is the most difficult part, I'm not going to lie, it's hard work, but it's only twice a year, and we are not experts yet (by any means) Each shearing gets easier, and the girls are getting more used to it. Other than that we give them a grain ration, de-worm once a month, (you don't have to do it this often) trim their hooves every 3 weeks and they get two vaccines once a year, one is for Tetanus, and the other for White Muscle disease. Other than those few things, we spend most of our time enjoying them, taking them for walks through the woods and loving on them. I'm not sure how this whole community works, but I would love to see some of your weaving!
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