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Farm Name: Iron Oaks Farm

Year Farm Established: 2009

Location: Clarkston, MI

Years I’ve been farming: 6 years

Animals I raise: Angora Goats, Angora Rabbits, Black Copper Maran Chickens, Blue Laced Red Wyandottes, Mix of other chickens (total of 50)

Crops I grow: kitchen garden, herbs vegetables

Hobbies I enjoy: knitting, crocheting, spinning, wool dying, writing, photography, gardening, raising animals, cooking, canning, basket weaving, candle making, drawing, sewing

The proudest moment on my farm: The day our first incubated chicks hatched out of their egg shells. ~or~ Shearing our goats for the first time.

Pets: Golden Retriever named Cedric, (though he thinks he's human) and our Holland Lop Bunny named Darby O'Gill

Farm Motto: Live simple.

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  Thanks for the luck, I'll take it! I love Knit and Purl, too cute. We just named our new Saanen girl Pearl. I don't know if the wethers stink, I would think they might not without all those hormones flying around. We've never had the need to keep one so I don't know for sure.

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02/14/2011 01:10.47 PM Report This Comment  
  re dairy goats
We are listing two bucklings today, so we'll see how fast they go. You're right, I think most people would not purchase them for pets or meat. I've heard of people buying them for meat, but I think in general they are considered to lean. Also, most people aren't interested in the boys for pets because they think they stink. The bucklings we have for sale are from a registered Saanen buck and purebred Nubian nanny no most likely people that buy ours are looking to build their milking herd.
I have to tell you every time I come to your site that face shot of your angora makes me smile.

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02/12/2011 09:10.48 AM Report This Comment  
  re milk goats
We have a registered Saanen buck that we breed our original Saanen/Nubian girls with and then milk from weaning time(30 days post birth) until mid-late October. We sell the bucklings and keep the doelings to grow our herd. This fall we'll either bring in a new buck for this year's doelings or take them to a nearby farm for breeding.

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02/10/2011 07:14.08 AM Report This Comment  
  love the pics of your angora goats! we used to have a few but now we only have saanen/nubians for milking. they are such good company...sometimes too good i suppose :)

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02/02/2011 05:40.27 AM Report This Comment  
Great advice thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions.Really have to think on this one.

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11/16/2010 03:08.13 PM Report This Comment  
I have just been on this site for 2days and I love it.Your sheep is amazing.I have just purchased my first angora rabbit.Love to brush her.I am considering either a angora goat or sheep.Any advice?I don't want to get in over my head and want to talk to some people that already own some.
Have a great day!

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11/14/2010 06:17.21 PM Report This Comment  
What kind do you use? I've been thinking about making one out of a small frig we have. I was given a couple of the styrofoam table incubators. One has an automatic turner. I need to try them out before I fork out $50 for 6 eggs!

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11/05/2010 10:23.09 AM Report This Comment  
When in the spring do you plan your move? I hate to see you miss out on a whole year, not breeding your does. If you breed next month, would March kids be at least a month old for your move? I've moved with kids, dosed them with Nutri-Drench. I also gave the does a probiotic. I transported smaller kids in dog kennels.

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09/29/2010 10:24.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello again
Really great pictures!

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09/28/2010 08:17.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for the info...

Does your copper marans have feathers on their legs? Our son got 16 "copper marans" from the chick sale and 1/2 have feathers on their legs and other don't. We lost over night, but I told our son (P2) when I saw how it was looking when he came home from school that he would not make the night. So we are down to 15. It's hard to make a head count when they all look the same and he ends up counting one or more several times...LOL...We add a differnt breed each year to his flock. He sold 20 of his old hens a few months back and now his Easter pullets are starting to lay and it great to watch him come in with a new egg and his pulls out his Ideal Poultry Standard Chicken book and looks up the breed to see what color egg they lay and he narrows it down the breeds until he finds out which one laid the egg. It pass the time for him, until he had to walk his show animals.

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09/28/2010 06:38.18 AM Report This Comment  
  Is goat hair/wool?the same as sheep wool? If not,whats the difference?

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09/24/2010 05:40.37 PM Report This Comment  
  Thank you for visiting my farm
To download more pictures go to your page that shows your points, at the bottom of the page you will see a place that says edit , view ,brouse. press edit . when your window opens press browes. choose the folder of pictures you would like to open, press open. then select a picture and press edit.I hope this helps,I would like to see and here more about your angora's.

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09/24/2010 09:19.42 AM Report This Comment  
  How do you like your black copper marans? My son will be getting some day old chicks of this breed this coming week from the FFA/4H chick sale from his school. We never had that breed of chickens before. Are they broody and how often do they lay? Thanks

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09/24/2010 07:26.55 AM Report This Comment  
Nice picture ! I would like to own angora goats,I have a few bore goats,I have sheep and would love to know how to spin the wool.

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09/21/2010 10:33.33 PM Report This Comment  
Nubians generally breed all year, but for the most part, goats don't go into season until the cool months. What about the Angoras?

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09/20/2010 10:03.22 AM Report This Comment  
  Good Afternoon!
We raise Nubians and Nubian/Alpines. Some of ours have milked way into the 2nd year without being rebred. Others have barely milked past when their kids would have been weaned. That's when good production records come into play. If you have a doe that's super hard to dry off, next year wait a few months, to breed her. The ones that didn't milk past weaning, we sold for meat.Unless you have super bloodlines, and need to replace your buck, castrate all buck kids. You can find a meat market, even for dairy kids. We are breeding to a Boer buck this fall, for the meat market. IBucks are very smelly, they have glands behind their horns and pee on their beards, Then they rub heads and chins all over the does, I don't think the milk is affected by hormones. You don't want to keep him far away, he'll get lonely and mean, as long as he's not close to your milkers you're OK.

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09/19/2010 04:14.08 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi! Re: dairy goats
I would love to help anyway I can. If I don't know the answer, I can at least point you in the right direction. No matter how long you're farming, you are still learning!

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09/18/2010 08:23.28 PM Report This Comment  
  Welcome! I like your picture!

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09/18/2010 04:03.03 PM Report This Comment  
We have dairy goats now, my daughter is planning to pick up angora goats next year. I had hoped to get some marans this year, maybe next!

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09/18/2010 03:35.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Love the picture
Great farm name

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09/17/2010 11:05.22 PM Report This Comment  
  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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09/17/2010 11:07.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Oh, How Precious!
I am absolutely grinning from ear to ear! I'm a weaver, and one of my goals is to learn to spin. And I've already warned my hubby that if I do, I'll be wanting to get Angora goats. Of course, we live in the South, and I've got a lot of research to do before I get any. You and I have a lot of other things in common, too! I love gardening, making candles and lye soaps, and have tried my hand at basket weaving, although I wouldn't recommend putting anything in my first attempts! We raise chickens - Dominiques, Red Sex links, New Hampshire Reds and a few others, and just recently bought a few Blue Cochins, just because I think they are beautiful birds! Most of ours are for eggs, and we have a good market for them. I can't wait to read more about your farm!(Oh. And any advice you feel like giving me on those goats, let me know. After seeing your picture, I'm gonna be chomping at the bit to get moving on the process!)

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09/17/2010 09:15.17 AM Report This Comment  
cute goat

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09/17/2010 06:12.00 AM Report This Comment  


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