Hello Pack, I hope you all have had a productive and enlightening week of prepping. This week we have had a host of good and bad things happen on our survival homestead.
Tallulah, one of our Pygora fiber goats (in the center of the three white goats in the photo above) broke her leg. I am not sure how, and when, but sometime between turn out in the morning, and when I decided to lounge in the hot tub in the early afternoon, she limped over to find me.
It looks to me that she caught her hoof on something when jumping, and it broke too badly for a splint we could have put on, to work – it is too distorted.
We did not put her down. I am sure it hurts, but she is getting around alright on three legs, just like the goat herd leader Pearl has had for over two years after surviving a dog attack.
We are continuing to keep an eye on the leg and Tallulah, but so far it seems to be an injury that she is going to be able to live with.
She jumped up into the side-by-side, then onto the seat, and into the back of the buggy in search of any leavings from the feed bags that were in there earlier.
Thankfully, after I put her in a stall to rest, Pearl is being very kind to Tallulah and hanging out with her. It was like she instantly knew Tallulah was hurt and needed her, so she didn’t not ram her or horn her to run the young goat out of her way.
Pearl is not a very magnanimous herd leader, she even runs the horses of their feed – would be shocked at how fast our original three-legged goat can run and how strong she is… both physically and mentally.
Tallulah and Pearl chilled out in the stall for most of the day after she was injured. But come evening when the rest of the horse, mini donkey, and goat herds headed down to the side pasture to graze, Pearl and Tallulah did their own thing and grazed around by the barn.
Pearl is very pregnant at the moment, the only time she does not roam about and forage as much becauses the extra weight is hard on her three legs, I figure.
This morning, Tallulah was the first goat to meet me at the chicken coop for feed, and once again hopped into the side-by-side in search of crumbs.
I hate that she got injured, but am very happy that she did not have to be put down. I am keeping extra hay in the stall for her to eat and rest upon; she likes to lean when she naps now, and must be more comfortable.
Tallulah is also pregnant for the first time, but thankfully will have a while yet before she puts any real extra weight on to worry about balancing. Counting Tallulah and Pearl, we have three pregnant goats at the moment, so there will be lots of milking, cheesemaking, and soap-making in my future.
On the positive side, one of our young Bantam hens sat and hatched her first clutch of eggs. I love our banty hens, they are always the best layers and sitters out of any breed we have ever kept – and don’t mind adopting eggs of lazy hens.
I believe the banty breed is the best chicken option for any prepper. Sure, you will have to keep a lot more of them to garner the amount of meat you will need to feed and put up for your family during a SHTF scenario, but they take up only half the space of standard size chicken breeds to raise.
They are exceptionally farm smart when free ranging, hot and cold weather hardy, and excellent sitters so you never have to worry about an incubator or a way to power it to make a flock sustainable.
We are in the midst of getting ready to leave for Prepper Camp now. It sold out once again. I am incredibly excited to be going again this year. There are more than 50 classes offered every hour, including the homesteading homeschool course I will be instructing.
The tomahawk throwing and machete combat classes are high on my to do list, along with some herbal remedies and wild food gardening classes. My beloved is most excited about the beekeeping and blacksmithing classes.
This Week’s Questions
- What chicken breeds do you keep, and why?
- Do you keep or want to keep goats as part of your survival livestock? Why or why not?
- What is your favorite survival homesteading – prepper event to attend, or you would like to attend?
- What did you do to prep this week?