Cupcakes big adventure

Cupcake is a nubian/nigerian dwarf doe. She weighs about 60#’s or maybe a little more.

I was being nice and decided to give the goats a bit of a “treat” of alfalfa hay. I’ve been working out in the field and picked up a cat/small dog crate I had used to transport a small animal.

I thought, this crate would make a GREAT place to set the hay! Up off the ground, mouth height.

Cupcake had different ideas.

She crammed her ENTIRE body into this tiny crate. I have no idea how that could even happen. Have you ever seen those photos of kittens in wine glasses? It was kinda like that. Every square inch of this kennel was stuffed full of Cupcake.

She freaked out, of course. I am glad I was home, I ran out and gently removed her back feet first, and then helped her squeeze back out. I am unsure how she even got in there, my heat would not comfortably fit through the door!

Suffice it to say, the crate went in a goat free zone. Geeze.

Here’s the offending crate:

And here is Cupcake after her ordeal, a little hay on her back but none the worse for wear:

Silly goats!

Goat babies born!

Yesterday Cloud allowed me to attend her birthing process. It was amazing, wonderful and sad.

Clouds labor was progressing and I could tell something was amiss. I knew I should be seeing a head or a hoof, but instead I saw the bend of a back. Baby #1 was coming out in a U shape, back first. What I didn’t know was that baby #2 was in the same sack and coming out at the same time. Poor Cloud, it took hours of pushing, I was afraid to really pull since I dind’t want to damage her or the babies.

When I could see that there were two babies in the same sack, I decided to intervene and help her get them out. In all my reading about goat births, I had read about breech births, etc, but nothing prepared me for this. The way that the birth presented was very scary and difficult. I’m not a good at drawing but I think you can see how the babies were positioned by this crude drawing. lol

The third baby was in her own sack and came out rather quickly and easily. She was up and walking within 3 minutes of being born, crying and looking for her momma. The twins were not as lucky. Twin #1 that was in the weird U shape coming out was under-developed and was stillborn. Twin #2 was small and weak. She couldn’t even stand for a couple hours after the birth. I had to remove Twin #1 as poor Cloud kept crying at her, nudging her and biting her ears trying to wake her up. It broke my heart. After talking to the person I got her from Cloud had never lost a kid before so it made it doubly hard on her I think.

Cloud is an EXCELLENT mother. She has been really taking fabulous care of her daughters. They were boinging around today at less than 24 hours old playing with each other and climbing up on her back.

Here is a photo of the tired Momma and her happy bouncing girls. My daughter Laurie named the red one Athena, and I named the lighter one Breezy.

Updates on the farm!

Shadow is growing like a weed! The goiter that we thought he had turned out to be an abscess on his neck. Not anything dangerous like the disease CL most likely he got bit by something, or got stuck by a stick playing. $212 vet visit later he’s all cured! I had to keep draining it for a few days and give him some injectable penicillin.

Here he is on the “other side of the fence” with me. It’s a rare goaty treat to be able to go over there! lol

Cloud should be giving birth any day now! We’re so excited. I love this goat so much.🙂 She is resting frequently, it’s hard work carrying around those babies.

Our chickens finally started laying! yahoo! fresh eggs daily for breakfast. Could you ask for anything better?

And a photo of the whole goatie crew just because they are so darn cute!

In the next couple of weeks time I’ll have Steve put in the divider fence so that the boys have their own pen. I’m hoping that Jack has done his job and my Nigerian girls are pregnant. I can tell at least one is, and I’m waiting to see if the others come into heat. I will probably put at least one of the wethers (either charlie or popcorn) in with the boys. I’m not sure which one yet.

The macaw aviary is finished and the macaws are loving living in it! Here is Franklin waving Aloha, next to him is Darwin.

Sunday on the Farm

Here are a few fun and random photos from today on the farm.

Tucker be a good boy and guard the house!

When I walked out down the neighbors road this evening to take some photos I spied Sinjin and Blazes baby in the guava trees.

Sinjin and Blazes baby

Baby Buckling Jack (our handsome and adorable Nigerian Dwarf) playing with and trying to eat a guava off the tree. What a good boy!

Jack eating a guava

Steve is holding a bit of grass for little Shadow to eat. He’s our sweet little baby boy!


As we walk farther down the road Jack and Shadow follow us.

boys following

We come up to where the main herd is kept. I keep the baby boys in there all night with to get integrated into the herd. They are looking at Steve hoping he has a goatie snack!

the herd

What does he have?

We have this really beautiful tree about midway down our property, look at that fabulous fence (and handsome man)!

Steve and tree

Scientists calibrate their instruments on how straight Steves fence is:

what a fence!

At the very back of the property we have some fruit trees, this is JackFruit. I’m waiting a little longer to harvest it. Right now it’s about the size of my head. JackFruit get REALLY big! This one is still young.


On the walk back towards the house, I stopped and got this photo of Cloud. She’s due to Kid the first or second week of April. She is just such a lover and wonderful goat. We ADORE her!


I walked over to put the chickens in for the night and the Sheep followed me on one side of the fence and the goats on the other. Blaze (one of the sheep) now follows me around hollering begging for treats. I just love her! Sinjin is still a little shy but follows me around too and will take treats from my hand. I really like having sheep.


So blurry, I couldn’t get the girls to be still enough. They wanted their chow NOW.


While I was putting away the chickens, the sheep came around to another angle hoping to get a treat. I have to be very very careful to keep the chicken food away from the goats and sheep. Sinjin is right there staring at me begging. That is her adorable baby girl in the front.

Sinjin and daughter

The bucklings followed me too!


During the day, I leave the bucklings with the sheep. The sheep tolerate them well and it allows the bucklings to get extra alfalfa pellets. The herd would never allow them to eat as much as they want.

sheep and goats

Sinjin in the front, Blaze and daughter in the back.

It’s getting dark and on the walk back to the house I snapped this photo of Dolly (in the front) and Charlie (back).

Dolly and Charlie

2 Bucklings added to the herd

A while back I contacted a breeder about a couple of Nigerian dwarf bucklings she had for sale. I went and visited them and just fell in love. I fell in love with the bucklings and the whole set up. The breeder paid attention to the WHOLE GOAT and meets their needs. I named the bucklings Jack and Jeffery. Sadly, a few days before we were to pick up both bucklins Jeffrey met with a sad and unavoidable accident. He passed away. He was a lovely boy and was much-loved by both us and his breeder during his short stay on this earth.

Today I went and picked up Jack. The breeder is fabulous and subscribes to similar mindsets that we have. No unnecessary pain on animals.

After the passing of Jeffrey we were hoping to find another buckling to be a companion to Jack. The breeder suggested this adorable little white buckling that was a cross-breed of a Saanen mother and a Nigerian dwarf father. I fell in love! He was such a loving and adorable baby!

Here are the boys along with my daughter in the jeep ride home.

Laurie and the boys

Here is Jack playing on the balance beam hoping to get some of Laurie’s snack!

And here is Shadow (just named!) on the balance beam.

4 Sheep in a Jeep

I got this wild harebrained idea that I was going to have some sheep! Lots of folks here in Hawaii have sheep, I see them all over. Since I transported Cloud my Saanen in my Jeep I figured, if I could fit one large goat, I could fit two large sheep and two baby sheep.

Lets just say that they “fit”. But it was not a “good fit”. I will never ever again transport sheep in my Jeep unless they are under 20 pounds! The 2 hour drive home was full of emergency stops along side the dangerous “saddle road” and just deep stomach pains. lol

Also, unlike goats, Sheep do not do well on a lead. They are also hard to UN load. Don’t even get me started on what the back of my jeep LOOKS like and how bad it smells.

Here is a photo of all four girls. Sinjin and daughter, Blaze and daughter. They are all fabulous and very sweet. I am going to be a happy sheep owner. Both the Moms are nice and the babies are about the cutest things I’ve EVER seen in my life! I do think that this will be the only sheep I ever purchase, and I was lucky enough to buy them from a very caring person who wanted a nice retirement home for the mommas.🙂

all four girl

And here is a graphic reminder why I will NEVER do this again.

Buckaroo Bonzai

So Steve and I have been spending a lot of time lately talking about raising rabbits for meat. We both enjoy the flavour of rabbit, the texture and the size.

I want to start small, maybe 1 buck and 2 does. So today I found a lovely buck that is a New Zealand/Giant Lop mix. He’s very friendly, clean, and appears parasite free.

After looking through the local craigslist ads, I found this handsome boy that was born in August. What a good age!

I don’t like the thought of putting a rabbit into a hutch for its entire life so I used a wire dog crate and put it on the grass. Right now I have a plastic covered small animal kennel to give him cover from the rain. He has access to fresh green grass. I have plans to raise pastured rabbits, not hutched rabbits.

I have a chicken tractor (from the chickens in yesterday’s blog) that I think if I put some fencing that is 2×4 inch openings on the bottom they should be able to graze but not escape.

My two biggest challenges are to keep the rabbit from overheating in the sun, and keeping them dry in the rain.

Here is Buckaroo:

Buckaroo Bonzai

And here is Buckaroo in his “moveable habitat” that he can have fresh grass a few times per day as I move him around. I plan on building a larger pen, with a wooden house. Right now he gets a kennel wrapped in plastic to keep him out of the rain. What you can’t see, behind him is a food and water dish. Filled with fresh water and alfalfa pellets.

Buckaroos moveable habitat

Edited to add: This evening for fear of rain, I put a tarp over his whole habitat. Just in case. I don’t want him getting wet, or being miserable! While my end result is a quality meat product for my family my first concern is and always will be the health and well being of the animals in my charge.

Building a Hawaiian Happy Hen House!

Our Chickens were living in a 10 feet long, 5 feet wide by 2 feet tall chicken tractor. While they were smaller this was a really good solution for them. We moved them once or twice a day, ensuring they always had fresh bugs and grasses to eat and it kept them away from their feces. However, I had a vision of something greater and more natural. Since we have three acres I figured we could build them a Hen Palace!

First you start with bothering your husband, then a “fun” trip to several stores including the dreaded orange box one.

We bought a 10 foot long, 6 feet tall and 6 feet wide dog kennel, a few electrical conduits, a few tarps and tarp balls. We grabbed some plastic totes for nest boxes. We had some left over fencing from our fencing project to make them a little temporary yard. As soon as they know to go into their house at night we’ll take down the fencing. This was a good option for us since wood rots so quickly here. This will be long-lasting and less chance of bug infestations in wood.

In some of the photos you can see the goats in their separate goat area. When the chicken fence comes down they’ll live together.

On this photo you can see the chickens even have a Lanai!

Hen house

Here is the inside of the hen-house.

My daughter in the chicken yard.

All total right now we have 10 chickens.

They will be able to forage on bugs, guavas, grass, weeds and other natural and organic material.


Dayna Robertson
Guava Acres