Here we are past the halfway point for winter feeding of the goats, and 2 round bales have been used in feeding 2 does and dwarf buck .  Good hay has become a bit scarce, so we'll expect to pay quite handsomely for it.  Goats tend to be picky eaters, which is exactly the opposite of what their reputation would suggest.  They might eat some pretty strange things (e.g. rotten wood) due to their high mineral requirements, but they always know what they want and will not settle for anything else. 


We are finally butchering some hens that don't seem to be laying very well.  This is a great challenge for a variety of reasons.  For one it isn't quite as straight-forward as it might seem to tell which hens are "spent".  There are signs of course.  There's the comb which appears anemic rather than the beautiful, lusty red of a top layer.  Then there's the vent, which can appear moist and rather open (good) or dry and somewhat pinched