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Quick Farm Update

This year has been a lot better than the years past. We have had a decent size lamb crop in both Market and Babydolls. Our girls will be able to show both breeds this year and will also be competing against our stock.

We have done an awesome job with the rabbits and come a long way. We went from just having English lops to specializing in Sable and Blues. Love seeing those long eared babies in the nest boxes. We plan to start back showing English lops in full force by next year. Our Tans are doing great on the show tables including a Best In Show and numerous Best of Breeds! Gracie’s Dutch that she has bred and raised are also winning Best of Breeds on the table. We have even been able to help out several youth get started in showing.

We have had a few goslings, chicks, and quail hatched out and have decided that we need to have a thin down on several livestock.

  1. Belgian Draft Mare – $3500
  2. Palomino Quarter Horse Gelding – $2500
  3. Sebastopol Geese Flock – $600 – consider trades
  4. Hampshire Pig Herd – 3 – $1000 or trade for sheep/cows
  5. Tan rabbits – $65
  6. Dutch rabbits – $15 and up
  7. Dwarf Hotot dos – $60 each or $100 for both
  8. Chicks – $3 and up
  9. NABSSAR Registered Babydoll Ram – $500
  10. Guinea Pigs – $20 and up
  11. Adult Muscovy Ducks $25
  12. Rooster – $15

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Does my rabbit have to have pedigree to show?

Did you know that you DON’T have to have a pedigree when you show a rabbit??

I get so mad when I hear someone say they were told they were not allowed to show a rabbit unless it has a pedigree. So I want to break this down some for you.

  1. You CAN show a rabbit without a pedigree – in fact they don’t even look or ask for a pedigree.

  2. You DO however want a rabbit that is the closest representative of the breed as possible.

  3. You CAN start your own pedigree.

  4. Just because a rabbit has a pedigree DOES NOT mean it is showable.

I have seen some extremely nice rabbits that didn’t have pedigrees for one reason or another. Matter of fact we ended up with some really nice dutch but no pedigrees. So what did we do? Started showing them and making our own pedigrees. Yes, it will take a few generations in order to get a full pedigree but that is ok and we can still show in the meantime. Our youngest daughter showed a couple of weeks ago with a Dutch that has no pedigree and won out of 7 other rabbits.

Again – just because a rabbit has a pedigree doesn’t mean that it is showable! There are a lot that goes into it. You need to research the breed and then you need to talk to reputable breeders. Find out all the dos and don’ts of that breed.

If you decide that the breed is something you want to raise and show then start your own pedigrees. We actually use Evans software to help us keep up with all info on rabbits and print pedigrees.

We prefer getting rabbits with pedigrees because it shows the breeder took the time to keep all information updated. However, if it is a quality rabbit then we won’t let a lack of pedigree stop us.

Amanda Goodwin


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Muscovy Ducks

Did you know they are the only duck not derived from the Mallard Duck?

Muscovies are not related to any other duck, in fact some believe they are descended from geese rather than ducks. They originate from South America where their ! They also have a penchant for flies, small slugs, snails and even frogs & newts.

The most obvious difference between them and ‘other’ ducks are the carruncles (the red stuff) on their faces which is more predominant in the males. Interestingly, in females the bright red dulls to a deep orange when they’re broody, right through to raising their ducklings. A blatant visual warning to the males to stay away!

Another difference is they have long, sharp claws which are used to attach to tree branches at night when they roost. Due to these claws there’s a right and wrong way to pick up a muscovy and the wrong way will end in bloodshed – yours that is. Put your carrying arm over and around its body, pinning both wings in place and taking hold of one or both legs (depending on the size of the bird and the size of you) gently but firmly. This needs to be done pretty quickly and if they start to struggle with you they’ll lash out trying to find their feet, and you’ll have first hand experience of those claws.

Muscovy Duck Eggs

Ducks eggs are the richest, creamiest, smoothest eggs going. Actually, I feel so passionate about them that I’ve written an entire post on why duck eggs rock. However, as wonderful as the Muscovy duck is, this isn’t the breed to get if you after an egg laying machine. You may want to consider a Khaki Campbell or an Indian Runner as they lay far more per year.

Muscovies as Meat Birds

This is where the Muscovy excels, the meat is dark and very lean. If you’ve ever bought a supermarket duck (in the UK Aylesbury’s are the most common meat bird sold) to roast at home you can almost watch the bird shrink in the oven, as the inch or more of fat under the skin melts. This is all very well if you want to roast a gazillion potatoes to accompany the meal, but if you are striving for a healthier diet then the lean meat of the muscovy is definitely the duck of choice.

It’s worth knowing that the boys weigh in much heavier than the girls, and if you’re not sure of the age of the bird I would recommend a very slow roast to tenderize the meat as it can be tough on an older bird, and baste frequently as it is so lean.

Feeding a Muscovy Duck

In the summer months our birds will require very little extra food as they forage plenty, but in the colder months they’ll need feeding a duck or unmedicated chicken feed twice a day. If you are growing them to eat, put them on a growers ration, but if they are just for laying or for looking pretty a layers ration will be fine. Make sure they have plenty of clean water close at hand as the dry food alone will make them poorly.

Muscovy Ducklings

Muscovies make fantastic mothers and the most eggs we’ve had hatch is 15, which is pretty amazing as the girls aren’t all that big. We have had them hatch chicken eggs too, although that can lead to problems when the mamma duck wants to teach her chicks to swim!

The Quiet Breed

One of the many reasons I am so smitten with my flock, is that they are very quiet. They don’t ‘quack’ which if you’ve had the misfortune to meet a Call duck or an Aylesbury duck you’ll appreciate (I’m sorry for offending all you Call & Aylsebury fans but seriously – HOW do you live that noise???!) Instead these guys nod their heads and have a gentle kind of hiss as a greeting. Oh, and they wag their tails. Seriously they are really cute to watch.

Left to their own devices, they would be far happier sleeping on a tree branch safely out of harms way than on a pond or in a hut, and they are the one duck breed not so in need of a large area of water. We’ve raised birds here with just a 4 inch deep tray of water, a cat litter tray is good and pretty hard wearing. So long as the water is deep enough to get their nostrils and eyes under then it’s fine. It will need changing twice daily as they will drink, clean, and probably poop in it, and everything around this area will get very, very muddy.

Interested in hatching some of your own? www.goodwinfamilyfarms.com

Farm Happenings

It feels like winter outside and frozen water tubs prove it. This is the time of year that farming and keeping livestock sucks. You have to make sure everyone handles the freezing temps and that they have access to fresh water all day. Not a lot of fun trying to handle cold water with numb fingers. This is when we fantasize about Spring and pray that it shows up quickly. I know that since we are in Arkansas we don’t have to deal with extreme snow falls and blizzards. I thank God for that and pray for those that do, I honestly can’t imagine raising livestock and dealing with that type of harsh environment.

Out of the animals here on the farm, most handle it without any issues, in fact our Chows and LGDs love the cooler temps. Our youngest daughter has a small three pound chihuahua and when I set her outside the other morning she immediately turned around and said to heck with this. I think that is the fastest she has ever done her business. She doesn’t even mind the sweaters our youngest places on her so I guess she knows they help.

We having been working on our bull pasture and extending a couple of pig pens, got a lot done yesterday and a lot closer to finishing. Now we are prepping for the arrival of lambs over the next couple of months. Praying for a great lamb crop as last year’s wasn’t so great. That is the part of raising livestock that no one likes. Losses….. Last year we had issues with aborting and even lost a couple of older ewes to unknown reasons. We have done our best this year getting our ewes prepped for lambing including vaccination to help prevent abortions.

Time will tell.

Hope everyone is surviving the winter and looking forward to Spring and the babies it brings.

2017 a NEW YEAR

Hard to believe it is already the second month in the new year!!!

We are so excited about 2017 as we have a lot going on and planned for. We will start lambing around March and can’t wait for those little lambs to hit the ground running.

Our girls are getting geared up for the new show season and just waiting on lambs to get here so they can officially start planning shows.

We have also added a new partner to our Rabbitry so that we can offer a bigger variety of rabbits. We specialize in rare breed show bunnies. Currently we have Holland Lops, Thriantas, Tans, Czech Frosty, Dwarf Hotots and English Lops.

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Hope to see some of yall at the shows!!

Farm Update

Sorry that I dropped the ball on you! We are once again getting ready for fair. We have had a lot happen this year and still not done!

The kids showed this spring and summer and done a great job! img_1257 img_1206

We will have our county fair week after next and plan to show sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, and geese. Then we will be headed to District fair and have a small break then off to State. Wish them luck!

We plan on adding several babydoll ewes to the herd. The market ewes are off at the breeders now. Hoping to have quite a few baby lambs around the first of the year.

Hopefully I can start making a habit of posting here again.img_0061

Crock Pot Deer and Rice

Need a quick easy meal that will feed the family?
Recipe for deer shoulder or necks in crock pot

Place meat in crock pot
Place seasoning and cut onions to place on top.
In a bowl take a can of beer, cup of sour cream, and can of cream of mushroom soup. Mix up good and then place over meat.
Allow meat to cook all day in crock pot. When it starts falling off bone then take the bones out.
Cook about 2 cups of white rice and then add to crock pot.
Makes an awesome full filling family meal.

Deer Season and what it means

I have had a lot of people ask me how to process deer and how to keep it from tasting gamey. I will eventually add a video but for now I will tell you the best I can.

After the deer is dressed out and quartered then you will need to put in a refrigerator or cooler. Make sure it stays good and cold for several days.

Once the meat has had time to rest then we start pulling out a little at a time and cutting into the choice of meats that we choose – normally steaks, cube meat, tenderloin, neck, and we even use the meat between the ribs for grind. We try not to waste any meat. Once meat is cut up then it goes into a sink of cold water with salt generously sprinkled over the top.

Allow meat to sit for 30 minutes to an hour. Drain the water and then package meat into freezer safe bags or vacuum seal it. We weigh out 2 lbs for all of our bags. We take the grind meat and grind it and use it for ground meat and to make sausage out of it. We also use hams to make deer jerky.

I have recipes to use for shoulders, necks, sausage and jerky. Stay tuned – I will be adding them later on.

We use this method on all of our wild game. Our entire family hunts and this allows our family to have meat all year round.

God is great and provides!deer

Pickled Quail Eggs

Well I made my first attempt at pickling quail eggs a couple of months ago and we finally decided to open a jar and check them out.

The overall vote at 100% was they were delicious! They were on the sweet side so next time I will add in a jalapeno. I had never even tried any pickled eggs in the past and for sure never canned them, so I was very happy with outcome. We had to do something with all the extra quail eggs that we have around here.

What is your experience with pickled quail eggs?

Deviled Quail Eggs

We had a family reunion today and so I decided to do something a little different. I had lots of extra quail eggs since I have shut the incubator down for a while so I decided on Deviled Quail Eggs. The hardest part of making them is getting the shell of the eggs and after that its super easy. You get an awesome reaction out of adults and children.