James Hill Goats

Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats for milk, pet or show


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Starting a business venture (adventure???)...

Posted by jameshillgoats on January 28, 2015 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (51)

When my mother offered to let me purchase my own chickens, I thought it would be fun to raise my own breed of chickens, and would make a great project for 4H.  But as time passed, I let the responsibility for my small flock slide back to my parents.  I mean, they were tending the main flock of chickens...what's a few more, right?

Then my mom came to me with an idea.  Since I'm older and capable of taking on a bigger project, why not ex...

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A new year, a new start...

Posted by jameshillgoats on January 28, 2015 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (46)

A new year has rang in, and it's time for a fresh new start at James Hill.  We started this year with a fresh new look for our soap products that we sell at Serendipity, a local vintage shop in Jonesboro, Louisiana.  While we still offer our traditional soap bars, we wanted something a bit more eye-catching and "fancy" for our customers who purchase our product with gift-giving or special occasions in mind.

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Finally, time to catch up...

Posted by jameshillgoats on September 10, 2014 at 2:40 AM Comments comments (46)

It's been far too long since we've last posted, and I feel I've fallen out of touch with many of our friends.  Seems the chaos of today's world crept sneaking onto James Hill and thoroughly disrupted our quiet life on the farm.  

Funny, isn't it?  The world starts spinning a little faster every day, and you don't notice it right off.  An added obligation here, a new responsibility there.  One morning you open your eyes to a l...

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A traditional family tea...

Posted by jameshillgoats on May 1, 2014 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (51)

As you might well guess, we here at James Hill are fond of most things old-fashioned...vintage items as well as old-time skills and traditions.  And what better way to combine those things than a high tea?  Most any occasion (or no occasion at all !) is a great excuse to set the table with our favorite thrift store and flea market finds, and enjoy some good food and quality family time.


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Spring kids!!!

Posted by jameshillgoats on April 3, 2014 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Spring kidding season is over for us here at James Hill...it's been a busy and challenging time.  All three of our bred does ignored their "due dates", and all three kidded while I was working my "real" job.  Poor hubby...they will make a shepard out of him yet! Hubby has just about recovered his having to manage the birthings on his own, and we had a pretty good outcome from this adventure.  Eight fresh baby faces added to the herd, with six of the eight bein...

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A kindness repaid...

Posted by jameshillgoats on March 13, 2014 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Does anyone remember this poor little doe who broke her leg when she was just weeks old?   Her name is James Hill Cinnamon Bun, or "Bunny" to her family (us!).  We had several anxious weeks with her then, as the break was completely through the bone of her leg and the splint was minimally effective in keeping it immobilized. ...

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Spring is around the corner...(maybe)

Posted by jameshillgoats on March 3, 2014 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (46)

Just before I sat down to write this entry, I walked out on the porch to watch it snow.  Yes, SNOW!!!  For the forth time this winter...in Louisiana.  I almost postponed this writing for a later date.  But as hard as it is to believe, time is marching on and spring will be here before you know it!

This past Saturday, my son and I took advantage of the 70 degree weather to catch up on our spring chores....

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So what kind of chicken is an "oliver egger"?

Posted by jameshillgoats on February 18, 2014 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (103)

After our latest post of our incubation, I received several questions regarding which specific "breed" of chicken is an olive egger.  Actually, an olive egger is not a recognized chicken breed.  It is a crossbred chicken developed with the intent to produce an egg shell color that is indeed an olive shade of green.

This can be attempted through various crosses of recognized chicken breeds.  The key to success is t...

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I just can't believe it!

Posted by jameshillgoats on February 15, 2014 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (96)

Some days I think that life is really a dark comedy played out for the entertainment of some superior being that we have yet to meet! Before you cast doubt on my emotional health, witness this account of the past 48 hours here on our farm:

These two days started out normal enough.  Returning home from a night shift at my "real job", I followed our usual morning routine of animal care and household chor...

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Brinsea Mini-Advance

Posted by jameshillgoats on February 13, 2014 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (46)

I really can't say enough about how pleased I am with this incubator.  I am currently using it for my 5th hatch, and have no complaints so far in its function.

It is small (7 egg capacity for chicken eggs), which is a perfect size for  clutches of "specialty" eggs and backyard farmers like James Hill. Brinsea does offer very similar models that have larger capacity, but this one suits our needs very well.  Made of...

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