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Hot mash rejected

Goats eating honeysuckle

While the weather has been so cold and snowy, I've been taking the honeysuckle to the goats rather than the goats to the honeysuckle. They don't get quite as much nutrition out of armload deliveries, but Artemesia still prefers the couch-potato approach. After all, she's been eating so much hay to feed her babies that she's a bit unsteady on her feet on uneven ground and doesn't feel like reaching up in search of climbing vines.

Cooking carrots

To further spoil my herd, I decided to cook up their carrots and butternuts on the coldest morning, adding a handful of rolled oats for extra carbs. Unfortunately, even after draining the soup, Artemesia still turned up her spoiled nose and required me to go home for an uncooked version. Lucy ate the discarded goodies while my pregnant doe happily crunched away on her usual cold breakfast. So much for hot mash!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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