You sure are going to have a lot to enjoy and watch over this summer. :) It really sounds like you got a good start.
I'd still like to see a picture of one of your draft goats all hitched up. That sounds so cool.
You had mentioned "going the easy route" and getting ready to lay chickens from a friend. My husband had tried to talk me into doing something like that. A friend of mine has about 10 laying hens (Road Island Red/Crochin mix), and since I have an incubator, my husband thought it would be just fine to get some eggs from her and raise the babies that way. But for once, I wanted a fancy breed - all purebreds - and something I choose all by myself! :) Heck, if I really didn't care what I had, I'd have a yard full of free chickens - all different colors and sizes. But I have always wanted the Partridge Rocks - and believe me, it took a little bit of whining and begging to get my way. :) (Final answer from the hubby was - fine, waste your money if you want to.) But he's coming round. He realizes now that if I have purebreds I have a better chance selling surplus chickens each year at a higher price.
I'm rambling. :)