Hey Donkey – What’s Going On?

Hey Donkey – What’s Going On?

Andy Samberg on SNL imitating Mark Walberg talking to animals has been one of my favorite sketches for a long time. It’s just so silly, you can’t help but laugh. From time-to-time, when I’m around my farm animals I, too, like to have little...
Fecal Float Tests

Fecal Float Tests

The glamorous life of homesteading…following your goats around and collecting poop, then taking said poop and smashing it around and filling with a solution so you can look at it under a microscope. That should make everyone want to homestead right? If you have...
Meat Chickens – Our Costs

Meat Chickens – Our Costs

Chicken comes from the store, all neatly wrapped in plastic, just waiting for you to come by and put it in your cart…right? That is what a lot of people think, or at least want to think. Part of our goal in moving to our homestead was to raise our own healthy...
How hard are goats to raise?

How hard are goats to raise?

So you think you want goats for your homestead huh? I’m sure you’ve heard all the horror stories and all the advice on why you wouldn’t want goats. Things like, they eat EVERYTHING, they are hard to handle, high maintenance, and that there is no...
Homesteading Failures Cost Lives

Homesteading Failures Cost Lives

That’s a pretty dramatic statement isn’t it? Let me put it this way, sometimes we have really good success in this homesteading life and sometimes we have losses and the losses end up being the life of an animal we’re raising here on the homestead....
Hand Mixed Fermented Chicken Feed: Our Process

Hand Mixed Fermented Chicken Feed: Our Process

Why bother to make your own feed? Many times you hear the question, “Which feed is best for chickens?”. Most of the time the answer is pre-made, perfectly formulated, and mass produced feed that you find in your local feed stores (organic or non-organic)....
Learning to milk goats

Learning to milk goats

It’s true what they say. Chickens ARE the gateway (drug) animal to homesteading! After almost a year of learning about and raising chickens, we felt like we were ready for the big(ger) leagues. While a family milk cow is certainly a goal for us, we wanted to...
Raising Chicks: Our experience

Raising Chicks: Our experience

One day in November 2016, we got a box of happiness at our post office…16 fluffy day old baby chicks! Our first venture at raising livestock. The books/websites had been read, our homemade brooder box was ready, and we had a bunch of excited children!  Chicks...
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