My name is Hannah and I am the 1st of 5 kiddos. Me and my family live out here in beautiful Northest Oklahoma, away from the city thankfully! Here's a bit more about us...
Anyway, after about 9 years of living in Southern California, me and my family decided to pick up and move out of California. We chose Oklahoma as our new homeland and I must say, the whole family was THRILLED! About 5 months after we made the decision to move, we were gone and on the road, headed east. To make a long story short, we arrived in OK, lodged in a rental cabin on the river (boy was that tight livin'! 7 people crammed in that thing :)
There we stayed, until 6 months later, God provided us with 7 acres of beautiful, grassy, shady land out in the country. As you can imagine, cleaning up property is quite a task, considering the fact that it had been about 5 years since it was inhabited. It took hard, long, sweaty days of clearing brush, burning leaves, building barns...all to work toward a common goal...building our own little farm.
When that was pretty much done, I started to get serious about getting dairy goats. The same thing happened as it did in Cali, where we would go over to Suriyah's house and I would watch her milk...but this time, it was for a really important reason. Convincing my parents that goats were the right thing for us was the hardest part of the whole process! I had to do my homework, be able to speak the "goat lingo" and know my stuff before even getting my first goats, but that was a great learning experience!
Here's what I did before getting my goats:
- Watched a goat death (natural causes)
- Watch a goat necropsy (to see what the cause of death was)
- Watch and was apart of a couple goat births
- Learned how and what to feed the goats
- Hands on milking for 6 months
This is all VERY important information you need to know before you get these animals. So, finally, after about 6 months of intense learning, research and hands on experience, I got my first 2 goats! I was SO excited!
Now we have a fairly large herd of dairy goats, a lot of chickens, a couple of LGD's (Livestock Guardian Dogs), a big meat rabbitry, tons of ducks, guinea hogs and....oh, some barn cats!
Around the Farm
Here's a little tour around the farm...
The Milk "Parlor"
|The Hay Corner|
The Loafing Shed
|Entrance from inside the milk barn|
The Hog Pen
The Chicken House
|These doors are access to collect the eggs, so we don't actually have to walk inside the house.|
The Rabbit Barn
|The Front Door|
I hope you enjoyed reading about our little ranch! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!