In this video, we performed a cover song of Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’. Bunkie handled the vocals, I did the keyboard line, and Trie tackled her first major song with her drum set and amazed us!
Why did we do ‘My Way’? Well, to explain that, I need to introduce you to a rather special goat of ours, Pika. Pika is our one-eared wonder, as she was attacked by a dog. The dog badly damaged her leg and we weren’t able to salvage her ear, hence the one-eared wonder theme, and that is why she’s a rather special goat to us. She’s the oldest goat on our farm, and we’ve had her the longest, so she’s taken her place as herd queen, as I discussed in a different video (Rotational Pastures). She’s freshened (given birth) twice with us, and her daughters are Kili (a 2019 kid) and Biffur (a 2020 kid).
This isn’t why we need to discuss her, though.
As herd queen, she considers it her job to keep the herd safe. So, she seizes every opportunity she can to instigate the dogs. As in, she stands right next to them and just... stands there. She annoys them, I guess. One never understands the ways of the Pika.
She is also our cleverest goat by far. Every time that the cows get sweet feed, all the other goats rush to eat some with the cows. NOT PIKA. Pika sticks around and sees what else there is to munch on without other goats competing with her. The new hay bale, for example. She is truly a funny goat.
Bunkie performed the vocals, but she did have a hard time not laughing, especially because our camera-girl, Trie, kept making faces at her while we were recording. Oh, well. Bunkie did a great job singing and laughing, and I think this is one of our best music videos yet!
I (Kay-Kay) did the keyboard and audio editing using GarageBand, but the real spotlight of this video belongs to Trie.
Trie performed her first non-vocal part in a music video, playing the drums quite admirably, if I do say so myself. She started taking drum set lessons at the start of this school year, and she has learned a lot. So, great job, Trie!
That’s it for this post! Thank you for reading!
Hi everybody! Bunkie recently published a video about our barn cat, Oreo, and i just wanted to go more in-depth at what we did.
When we got our cat from Hidden Acres Rescue Farm (facebook.com/farmgirlsx2/) she warned us that if we didn’t isolate him for a couple of weeks in a dog crate, he would run away. While I initially protested this idea, I have to admit that the advice was legit. About a month after we got him, he is the sweetest cat I’ve ever seen! Oreo is a very affectionate cat, and when we go outside to feed the animals, he follows our sound to the door that we open. He’s always very eager for attention, and loves being rubbed as well as climbing onto a shoulder and hitching a ride through the barnyard.
The barn cat’s purpose was primarily to chase rats away from the barn, which is where our goats sleep. We’ve had many incidents where rats picked off our ducks, and we were fed up with pests, so we got Oreo. So far, we haven’t found evidence of his destruction of the rat population, but his presence seems to scare the rats away, and we are definitely psyched about having Oreo on our farm.
Although he looks a tad bit grumpy on our thumbnail, he is a very energetic and playful kitten who always looks forward to seeing us. We bought toys to keep him occupied, which you’ll see in the video, but we got him an automated cat toy that you turn on to have a toy mouse pop out of different holes. Hilariously, Oreo is terrified of it. Every time he hears the “whir-POP” of the toy, he scampers for shelter.
These are just a few of the infinite reasons and anecdotes of why we appreciate having Oreo on the farm. If you can stand Bunkie’s eyebrows, enjoy the video!
Hi! This blog post is about registering goats with the American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA). We personally like this association so much better than the American Goat Society (AGS) because it is so much more thorough, fast, and and user-friendly. We've used both (Pika was registered through the AGS) but we decided what was better for us right away.
Registering the Goat
To register a goat, you can get the form to print or fill out with Adobe Acrobat here. To do it online (which is the first thing I demonstrated in my video), you will need to become a member first (fill out the form online or manually) and then submit a PIN application.
Once you have access to the site (approximately a couple of weeks until the results get back with your PIN number and instructions), log in and go to Member Services. Scroll down until you find the Register a Goat box, and click the title. This should bring you to the registration page.
Here are some key things to remember:
*Buck is boy, doe is girl.
*Sire is father, dam is mother
*Tattoo on RIGHT ear/tail web is for your specific ADGA-issued tattoo. (VC19 or 1234)
*Left ear is for that year's letter (L=2019, M=2020, N=2021... G, I, O, Q, and U are not used to prevent confusion) and the kid number (the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. goat of the year.) If you are registering you're 12th goat kid of the year 2020, the tattoo on the left ear would be M12.
Other than that, the registration process is pretty straight-forward! If you choose to submit your application online, it will check to make sure there are no errors n your work, have you double-check it, and then put it in your cart. When you are ready to pay, enter your credit/debit card information (ADGA is a trusted site) and submit!
Here is the price list for ADGA members:
Does under 30 months old (About 2.5 years)- $9.50-$10.50 (depending on time of year... Cheaper Sept.1 to Mar. 31)
Doe 30 months or older- $13.00-$14.00 (depending on time of year... Cheaper Sept.1 to Mar. 31)
Buck under 24 months (2 years)- $15.50-$16.50 (depending on time of year... Cheaper Sept.1 to Mar. 31)
Buck over 24 months- $28.00-$29.00
AGS/CGS Re-Registration (we did this for Pika) - $11.00-$12.00
Here is the price list for non-ADGA members (in some cases, the price doubles):
Does under 30 months old (About 2.5 years)- $19.00-$21.00 (depending on time of year... Cheaper Sept.1 to Mar. 31)
Doe 30 months or older- $26.00-$28.00 (depending on time of year... Cheaper Sept.1 to Mar. 31)
Buck under 24 months (2 years)- $31.00-$33.00 (depending on time of year... Cheaper Sept.1 to Mar. 31)
Buck over 24 months- $56.00-$58.00
AGS/CGS Re-Registration (we did this for Pika) - $22.00-$24.00
Thank you for reading!
Hey, y'all! Trie's video is about how she retired her chicken tractor (https://youtu.be/DfzLo_FEKJU) and prepared her chickens for fall.
The first thing she does is retire her chicken tractor. Off camera, she took off the tarps from the top of the chicken tractors, and she lined them up against a fence, which is where the tractors will stay until spring returns!
Next, she clips the chicken's wings... in the rain and the hail. We prefer to clip the right wing for uniformity, but we only clip ONE wing. You don't go too low, or you're going to cut the chicken's wing, and it won't be a happy hen.
Finally, she puts her chickens in the garden. To do this, we harvested all of the tomatoes and other vegetables that we wanted to keep... whether they were ripe or not. Then, we got to put the chickens in the garden. While doing this, she named our Buff x English Black chicks (Lovingly named Chocolate/Butterscotch Orpington chicks) after one of our favorite movie series... Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. We now have Jacob, Tina, Grindelwald, Queenie, and Newt in our garden!
Thank you for reading and have a great day!
Hey there! So, I recently published a video about the basics you need to know for raising goats! We recently sold our first baby goats, and there was oh-so-very-much that I wanted to tell the owners! I only got to share some of them in the video, and most of the stuff I didn't mention, I learned from experience and it became part of our lives!
Hi, I'm Kay-Kay! I enjoy reading books and I love writing! My sisters (Bunkie and Trie) and I live on a farm where we have 3 Dexter cows, a horse, 10 Indian Runner Ducks, 11 Orpington Hens, A Quarter horse, 9 Nigerian Dwarf goats, and 3 dogs (An Italian Maremma, An Australian Shepherd, and a Cane Corso).