|Posted by jameshillgoats on February 13, 2014 at 12:25 AM||comments (5)|
It's day number 20 for our olive egger incubation. I have had serious doubts about the viability of this hatch.
First, we have had an unusually cold winter for our region, including TWO snowfalls and (yesterday!) an ice storm. Though we had saved our eggs for setting on some of the warmer days we had, I was still concerned that they may have cooled too much to remain fertile. And during ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by jameshillgoats on February 1, 2014 at 12:15 AM||comments (52)|
Here on James Hill we love our egg basket to be full of colorful eggs. As most of you will remember, we have been working on an egg project to produce "olive" eggs...a richer, deeper color than the sage green that some Ameraucanas and Easter Eggers lay. Our hatching thus far in this project produced two roosters and four hens.
That clutch of chicks have matured very nicely, and the...Read Full Post »
|Posted by jameshillgoats on January 23, 2014 at 11:35 PM||comments (5)|
2013 was a very stressful year for our family...we welcomed new members, while we said goodbye to others. We apologize to our readers. In trying to keep up with everything life threw our way, we let our blog go to the wayside.
It is a brand new year, and we look forward to the challenges this year will bring! Our goals are set, and we are making strides (OK...maybe baby steps!) toward reaching them. One of the...Read Full Post »
|Posted by jameshillgoats on December 21, 2013 at 1:55 AM||comments (42)|
Over the last few weeks we have put a good bit of time into fine-tuning our recent retail opportunity. We have updated our packaging and presentation, and are striving to bring unique and memorable merchandise to our customers.
You know we love all things antique and vintage, and are passionate about reducing our "carbon footprint" through recycling, upcycling and repurposing items. Going "junking" is a favorite activity for all the memb...Read Full Post »
|Posted by jameshillgoats on November 23, 2013 at 11:50 PM||comments (0)|
James Hill Goats is happy to announce that our soaps are now available in a retail outlet! We just set up a booth at Serendipity, an upscale resale shop in Jonesboro, Louisiana. This is an exciting opportunity for us to broaden our market in sales of our handmade goat milk soap. I definitely prefer face-to-face and on-site sales over internet sales. That way, our customers get to experience the wonderful fragrance of our soaps, though most do have beauti...Read Full Post »
|Posted by jameshillgoats on November 10, 2013 at 10:20 PM||comments (45)|
In today's world it's easy to get caught up in the rush, never taking time to experience the simple beauty in our surroundings. Take a moment...take a breath...don't "look"... just see. Below, a single feather from a common guinea fowl. Beautiful.
|Posted by jameshillgoats on November 10, 2013 at 8:55 PM||comments (43)|
Well, my Polish chicks are growing. The only thing is, their crests seem to be growing faster than their bodies! Check out these hair dos!!!
Aren't they great? We now have the chicks divided up into three separate tubs, and they are already getting really crowded. However, my mom ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by jameshillgoats on October 24, 2013 at 10:45 PM||comments (0)|
Recently I purchased several air plants from Tilly's Air Plants, and have been searching for a unique display medium for a smal collection of them. I finally decided on using an old deer skull that I found in the woods nearby a couple of years ago. First, we applied three coats of varnish to the skull to give it some color and depth:
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|Posted by jameshillgoats on October 24, 2013 at 10:05 PM||comments (43)|
The chicks are growing as fast as weeds! We can already tell the males from the females. When polish chicks are a few days old,the pullets have a crest that looks like a fluffy cottonball. The roo's crests look like mohawks! With a little help from the folks on the Polish Chicken Fanciers facebook page, we estimate abot that we have half male and half female. Thank you for your help, fellow Polish lovers! In this picture of two buff-laced chicks, the fem...Read Full Post »
|Posted by jameshillgoats on October 15, 2013 at 10:50 AM||comments (42)|
With fall comes pumpkins, bonfires and scarecrows...but at James Hill the fall also brings breeding time for our Nigerian Dwarf goats. In looking ahead to next year's kidding season, we take a critical look at the "keepers" from this year's kids. Confirmation, mother's milk production and personality are our top three scoring criteria. And beautiful color or flashy pattern is always a plus!
Jame Hill Please Don't Squeeze is a rich, ...Read Full Post »