We had a great black eyed pea crop this year, and it's still going.
One day last week the kids took turns and worked throughout the day.
At the end of the day, there were 20 pounds of dried peas.
I had them in a large container that held them all......until we found 1 little worm.
UGH! SO then we had to sift through every bean and make sure there were no more worms.
DH then sealed them in quart jars instead of the giant container. I'm sure that was the smarter option, so if we missed any worms, they won't spoil ALL the beans!
We have a new goat, Obadiah, and a loaner goat, Bill.
Bill's family will get a baby goat for the trade and loan.
Little Obadiah is too young to mate now, but will be our long term breading boy.
Obadiah is quite handsome with those blue eyes. Notice there are two horns........
on the second day we had him, one horn was broken off.
I'll refrain from posting the graphic photos that we sent to the vet.
Poor Obadiah was running about the barnyard like a unicorn on drugs, with the broken horn flopping all around, he was very upset. Thank goodness DH was home, and able to restrain Obadiah. I had to cut the tissue around the horn because the horn was dangling, still partially attached.
DH has been busy making some repairs and winter preparations.
He ran new wiring throughout the barn last year. The wire bringing power from the milk barn to the barn had not been re-done. It developed a frayed spot between the pole and barn, one evening in the spring, it shot some sparks and then we had no power to the barn. No problem in the summer, but he knew it had to be repaired before the days get shorter, so he strung up a new wire and connected it all. (He is an electrician).
Then my wonderful husband did something amazing.......he connected one of the generators to the electrical panel in the milk barn, and made necessary changes on some of the wiring. Now, if the power goes out, we do not have to run extension cords to the refrigerators and milking machine, etc. All we have to do is crank the generator and flip a few switches!
(A cover will be made for the generator when not in use).
This may not seem like a big deal to some, but keep in mind that DH works for the power company, which means in times of storms, he is not here. Therefore, I am the one left to deal with generators, storms, ice, 100 animals and 6 kids. We had a whole house generator in Trussville, which cut on automatically during power outages, it was amazing, and the envy of all the neighbors. We had hoped to get one here. Due to the way our house was added on to, how the wiring was done, etc. (that I really don't understand), we will not be able to get a whole house generator (unless we want to spend over $8k). At least the new set up for the barns will alleviate some of my "storm stress".