Copper Time

So. I have a confession. I’m a terrible goat mom, and in the two years I’ve owned goats, I have not once given them a copper bolus. Now, in my defense, my goats are pretty freaking healthy. Some of them are, however, starting to exhibit signs of very mild copper deficiency- mostly just a couple of fishtails here and there- officially making my intervention into their copper intake somewhat overdue.

When I first started with goats, I was completely overwhelmed by all the “extra” stuff that went along with goat ownership. You just put them out to pasture and they eat everything and get fat and that’s the end of it, right? Nope. While goats are relatively low maintenance, there are a few things they need, including free choice goat specific minerals and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and their twice yearly (sometimes more, sometimes less depending on your location and farm practices) copper bolus. Afraid of poisoning my goats, all this scared the crap out of me and I avoided it, until very recently.

On the recommendation of a friend, I enrolled in the free Copper Deficiency lecture by the Thrifty Homesteader (Deborah Niemann, author of Raising Goats Naturally). If you’re interested in demystifying minerals and copper and copper deficiency, click on the link above to enroll and access the brief but super informative class material.

Deborah’s lecture helped me to see there really isn’t anything to be afraid of, not even the copper boluses that I had been dreading. So I thought I’d pass the resource along, in case there is anyone else who, like me, has been avoiding this surprisingly straightforward part of goat keeping and husbandry.

 

Copasure 2g Copper Bolus
Copasure 2g Copper Bolus
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Bad Eggs

 

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Well friends, you win some, you lose some. Unfortunately, this time, I lost three. Out of six eggs that went into the incubator, only three were able to fully hatch.

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Rookie Hatch

My Experience Hatching Chicken Eggs for the First Time

In February I made my very first chicken egg hatch. It actually went really well, considering how many things went wrong before I even got the eggs, and the fact that I was insanely uptight I was about it the entire time. Turns out, making life happen is a HUGE responsibility. Who knew?

 

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Rotten Rooster Soup

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Some of you who follow me on Instagram will know that we’ve been having trouble with our rooster. Not in the attacking people sort of way, but actually attacking some of the hens in his flock. I’m sure even someone with no farm experience at all recognizes that this is a big NO NO.

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