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At long last, dear Oatmeal. | Speedkin

At long last, dear Oatmeal.

Knowing we were in the market for a good Kinder buck, a local friend alerted me when she saw some come up for sale on a regional list.  A few back & forth emails and we decided on Oatmeal.  He comes from good lines and has proven himself worthy in the making-of-good-offspring department.  Then life conspired against us for a couple of months and I had to cancel out on his owner a couple of times.  That poor woman still held him for me and even met me halfway.  She’s so much nicer than me!  So off we bopped today to the prearranged meeting spot on the outskirts of St. Louis and we are now one big-conjoned goat richer.  Yay!

Oatmeal is out there getting the girls all excited right now.  Well, as best he can with a fence between them.  We put Patrick, the wether, in to keep him company.  Those nutty does are making complete fools of themselves.  Tails are a’waggin’, tongues are a’flappin’, and assorted other dirty goat behaviors.

GAPS Intro, Day 2:  We’re still on Stage 1 and all is well.  Duke was sick as a dog last night and the rest of us have been visiting Nauseaville off and on.  This afternoon seems to be a bit better so I’m hoping that at least the worst of this round is behind us.  More rounds coming up, I’m sure.  The food is still very yummy so that makes it much easier.  Duke did add an egg yolk to his broth for lunch so I guess that puts him in Stage 2?  I forgot to do the yogurt sensitivity test last night so will try to remember to do after tonight’s bee meeting.  We each had a cup of ginger tea yesterday afternoon, with just a touch of honey.  It tasted amazing so I think we’ll use that as an afternoon treat to look forward to each day.

We lost yet more chickens yesterday.  I swear those stupid birds just look for an excuse to die.  We never lose any ducks and geese, only chickens.  Maybe this is a sign for us to forget chickens for a while, huh?  We’ll see what spring brings, I guess.

I bought 40 pounds of beef fat a couple weeks back and, over Thanksgiving, rendered just over half of it down.  I know most people then pour it into mason jars but I like to pour it out into shallow cookie sheets.  Once it cools, stick it in the freezer to harden even more.  Once that’s done, you can cut/shatter/break the tallow into smaller pieces, as if it were almond bark.  I then store it in old ice cream tubs in the freezer and just pull out pieces of the “bark” as I need them.  So much handier than messing with spooning out of jars and cluttering up the fridge and/or counter more than they already are.

Much goat debauchery right outside my window right now.  Ew.

4 Responses to “At long last, dear Oatmeal.”

  1. Ilene November 27, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

    What a wonderful addition to your homestead! I heard something about the ewes’ milk getting kind of nasty if they’re around a buck but you probably know all about that. Watch the movie, “He’s Not All That Into You” and you’ll see that goats aren’t the only creatures who make fools of themselves over the males. I just couldn’t watch it all, it was just too degrading. So I don’t know how it ended. I hope those girls ended up getting some sense from somewhere.

    Did the diet make you sick or did you all have a virus of some kind? I hope you all don’t end up being sensitive to different things, that’ll make cooking for the family really hard.

    I lost a chicken (Betty Lou) last summer. She started sneezing and after a few days of that I found her dead in the chickenhouse. Then her best friend, Peggy Sue, started sneezing. Now, I don’t have a clue how to raise chickens, but just out of desperation I went to Atwood’s and bought some of those chick crumbles that has antibiotic in it, mixed some with warm water and set it out to the whole flock. They went nutso over it and gobbled all I had given them. Peggy Sue was all better by next morning. That’s been a month or two ago and so far no more fatalities. It was just dumb luck, I figured if it didn’t work, I wasn’t out anything but the feed, and I had to feed them anyway.

    I wouldn’t want to put beef fat in jars, either. I put it in straight-sided freezer containers and freeze it. But I like your idea and will try it next time! Will you be making soap with your tallow?

    Think of how much progress you’ve made since last year at this time! Enormous. XOXOXOXO

    • Diane November 28, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

      I think I saw that movie? I rarely remember anything about the movies I see after I’ve seen them. I guess that’s a good thing.

      Yep, the diet was making us sick. It’s a normal, fleeting reaction. This diet is supposed to heal the gut so that allergies & sensitivities will no longer plague us. Of course, nothing is 100% but it should help a great deal. It’s a complex thing upon first glance but, once you grasp the science behind it, lightbulbs start blinking on left & right.

      I think those medicated chick crumbles are for chick diseases, not adult chicken illness. Then again, I’ve been wrong before.

      Yep, I’ll be making the next batch of soap with tallow. Whenever I work with the tallow, I rub the residual greasiness on my skin and love it! Except I smell faintly of beef. LOL I’m assuming that smell will go away during the soap making process. Geez, I hope so or I’ll have the dogs all over me!

  2. Feather November 30, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

    That’s a great looking buck. No wonder the does are going nuts.

    • Diane December 1, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

      He’s definitely a stud muffin!

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