Wednesday, January 28, 2009

First Blog

Well, I finally jumped on the bandwagon, a little late but better than never right? This is my first blog. OHHH lol Okay well hello everybody, I guess I'll start with some about me. I'm a 27 year old married housewife. Okay maybe there's more to me than that. I have a beautiful 11 month old daughter , wonderful husband named Tim, and several animal "babies". I am a certified Veterinary technician here in wonderful Douglas, Wyoming but decided to work as a stay at home mom. My husband and I are in the process of starting our own farm and would like to raise our own products and food. The goal at the end is to have horses, cattle, pigs, chickens, ducks, goats, dogs, cats, rabbits, and who knows what all else. Currently we have two goats Ellie (Nubian) and Sue (Saanen) both purebred that will supply us with milk. We plan on making cheese, yogurt, soap, ice cream and all sorts of things with that milk. Ellie is due in March and we hope she'll have several kids. The debate is open on what to do with those kids. We are looking at selling them, eating them, showing them, keeping them as milkers or pets, and are open to other ideas as well. We're also raising rabbits for meat, fur, and as pets. I'd like to have some chickens and pigs before summer arrives but that will depend on the weather and how quickly we can put up the housing. Since I'm a housewife we live on my husbands income as a concrete truck driver. No one seems to want to pour concrete in the winter :) lol so right now funds are limited as well. But we tend to be conservative people and like to find ways to spend money so the animal housing normally doesn't look great but is functional and warm. For example: last year we went to an auction at a power plant here and bought a bunch of used plywood at $60 per pallet, with about 30 sheets on each. So roughly we spent $2 a 4X8 sheet. It doesn't look beautiful since it has one side that is peeling on each board from being weathered but the other side is smooth and they're thick. They've worked great so far to build sides of a cat house, doghouse, calf hutch (which is where the goats are living until more permanent housing is built), and several other things. Right now in the works is the chicken coop and a new rabbit hutch. Anyways we'd love to hear other money saving ideas from people and would love to talk about animals that you may have and your experiences with them. I started a group to talk about animals http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/AllFarmAnimal/ if you're interested and would also love to see your blogs etc. Stay tuned for more posts about my daily life. Right now....stuck inside, snowy and windy (this is Wyoming)!

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