A Surprise Hatchling, An Answered Prayer, and Attempting to Hatch More Turkey Eggs! Week 26 2017

I was sitting there giving Neville his vitamins… or at least attempting to… when Miley came running in saying there was a little chick outside! She was so excited! We put mamma hen and chick in our chicken tractor so we can watch her raise it.

Our rooster, Neville, hasn’t been doing very good for a while now. Lately he’s gotten worse and one night we were sure he wouldn’t make it to the next morning. Surprisingly he did, thanks to a prayer, and he’s been slowly getting a little better. He’s still got a long ways to go but we’re happy he’s improving.

We have a broody hen so I decided to put some turkey eggs under her to see if she will hatch them. The turkey hen is building a clutch and I’m hoping she will start sitting soon. Maybe the 3rd time is a charm? Unfortunately Neville isn’t doing very well anymore… so sad! My mom has a neat container garden so I decided to give you a little tour of her set up.

Posted in Daily Vlog | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Switching Chores, Garden Work, Staking Tomatoes and More! Week 25 2017

There’s a lot of stuff going on today, first we’re getting chores done! Our turkey hen has started a new clutch of eggs, hopefully this time hatching will be successful. There was a broody hen running around so we captured her in hopes she will settle down and sit on some turkey eggs. Miley got to do her favorite chore of all time, which is give the pigs water. She got splattered by the pigs… is it mud or poop? Wanna sniff to find out?

Neither of us felt like doing our chores so Brooke said, “Hey, I’ll do your chores if you do mine.” I took her up on that…. what an awesome deal!

Yep… what the title says… just trying to get a grip on the garden. I started staking my tomatoes by using the Florida weave. What I’ve done so far seems to be working well. I got weeds pulled and mulch laid down. It’s amazing what you can get done when you get up early! 🙂

I decided to try the Florida Weave to stake my tomatoes because the way I was doing it just wasn’t going to work. The kids found a couple baby toads so they decided to make a habitat for them. In the middle of making it, they decided to research what toads need and made some revisions to make the habitat more toad friendly. It was a hot day so we spent the afternoon in the pool.

Posted in Daily Vlog | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Our Hay is Baled, Staking Tomatoes, Determined Hen and More! Week 24 2017

They showed up to bale our alfalfa. A storm was threatening to roll through so we scrambled to get it all picked up before it rained.

Oh what a windy day!! I’m starting to let Ollie out so that he can run in the pasture with the goats. I’ve been trying to decide how I want to stake my tomatoes, so I’ve started a few but I don’t like how it’s turning out. I’ve came up with a different idea since I made this video… will show in a new video coming soon.

A hen who insists on laying her egg in the barn, and me, who insists she can find another spot to lay… who will win??

We made it back from our little gambling trip. Didn’t win big… at least money wise… but we won big other ways which are things money can’t buy, like spending time together, relaxing, making memories, and… trying to overcome fears of pool drains. I know… weird… but the fear is real, let me tell ya!

Posted in Daily Vlog, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

A Garden Update and We’re Taking A Break, Back In A Few! Week 23 2017

Just a little walk around the garden…

It’s a super busy week… Miley goes to camp, it’s Brooke’s birthday, we’re going to be gone over night.. so we’re taking a break from vlogging for a couple days. We’ll be back soon though!

Posted in Daily Vlog | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

A Camp Out On the Homestead, Berry Pie, Turkey Problems and More! Week 22 2017

So much to do, so little time… then it rains.

We’ve been having bad luck trying to hatch out turkeys this year. Well, that luck just got even worse because one of our turkey hens died. We’re not sure if our eggs will hatch but we’re not giving up yet. On a brighter note, we picked mulberries and strawberries and decided to make a pie. Didn’t have enough of one kind of berry so we made a little bit of this and a little bit of that berry pie!

We decided to try camping out again… only this time we decided to add a few things to make it a little more comfortable. The weather was perfect and it was a calm, relaxing evening… well, at least until the bugs came out.

We decided to have a little fun and pitch a tent and rough it for a night. Wind, possibility of storms, hard ground, coldness…. I wonder if we will tough it out or go to the house?

The turkeys got up from there nest and I couldn’t decide if I should take the eggs and put them in the incubator or leave them. I hope I didn’t make the wrong decision!

Posted in Daily Vlog | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

How To Milk A Goat, First Strawberry Harvest, Homegrown Meal and More! Week 21 2017

The kids planted flowers and we snacked on strawberries… it was a lovely day until we had an encounter with an angry snake.

We added salt to the pool as it continued to fill. The kids volunteered to get in and stir the water so the salt would dissolve faster… brrr! I finished up planting the garden… well, almost!

It’s that exciting time of the year when the homestead starts producing and little by little we are able to harvest more of our own food. Today we has our first almost completely homegrown meal of the year.

Today I picked strawberries and was surprised to find how many there were! I also got some much needed gardening done.

Miley had to do a project for a 4H meeting, so she did this video to demonstrate how to milk a goat.

Posted in Daily Vlog | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Stormy Weather, More Stormy Weather, and A New Swing Week 20 2017

Thankfully yesterday’s storms didn’t pan out as predicted and we just got a lot of heavy rain. Today is another stormy day… will this weather ever settle down?

There is a high risk weather alert out in our area today for possibilities of tornadoes, large hail and wind. So, we’re battening the hatches and doing what we can to be as prepared as possible.

It’s that sleepless time of the year when spring storms and weather alerts keep us up at night.

Yep… what the title says, it was a busy and windy day!

It was an offish kind of day.. not necessarily a bad one… just a little off.

It was a fun afternoon spending time together making a new tree swing.

Posted in Daily Vlog | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Processing Chickens, A Bunny Play Pen, and More! Week 19 2017

Hope everyone has a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Yep… I did, I went for a ride on one of our goats! We got a few things done outside, then it started to rain. So it turned out being one of those tea making, cookie baking kind of days.

The day started out with pouring rain so we weren’t able to get out and do the work we had planned. It turned out beautiful later on so we show you what all we’ve done in the garden so far.

Just an update on hatching turkeys, whether our experiment on making the turkeys less aggressive worked, and we moved the chicks. Oh, and I so wanted to cry over the milk I spilt…

Miley wants to keep one of our bunnies as a pet in her room. So today the kids make a little play pen that’s easy to maintain.

Today we’re processing our meat birds and one turkey. We’ve had problems with our turkeys being aggressive so we’re trying a way suggested by one of our viewers to establish dominance over them in hopes they will learn to be less aggressive.

Not much going on… just enjoying a beautiful, peaceful evening on the homestead…. our favorite part of living in the country.

Posted in Daily Vlog | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Cedar Apple Rust, Bad Luck with Bunnies, New Goat Kids and More! Week 18 2017

We’ve always dealt with cedar apple rust but this year it will be worse than usual because of the wet weather we’ve been having. I find it annoying, but at the same time, it’s very interesting. I did a little research on it and show you what it looks like. I also give an update on the injured bunny and show you how our alfalfa patch is doing.

We’re just not having good luck with the bunnies, it’s just one thing after another! On a positive note, we finally found time to get more work done in the garden.

Well, the turkey eggs didn’t hatch, but I plan to do research and try again. We put our calf in the pen outside and he was a little spooked by the change of routine so Brooke took him for a walk to get him used to being outside.

It was a rainy dreary weekend but that didn’t stop it from being beautiful, fun and exciting!

Posted in Daily Vlog | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

A New Calf On the Homestead, Guinea Is Sitting On Turkey Eggs and More! Week 17 2017

Today is lock down for our turkey eggs! I’m showing you the steps that need to be done to prepare them for hatching.

Just a little update on what I have planted so far and how the garden is doing.

Our guinea hen has been sitting on her nest, the one that I put turkey eggs in! We’re excited about that and are hoping that the turkeys will hatch. Other than that we’re just trying to get a new chore routine established and are giving an update on Brooke’s beta fish.

We reached a new goal by getting this animal for our homestead! It’s a goal we didn’t really expect to happen so soon. Things are about to get real busy around here, but we hope all the hard work will pay off later on.

Moved chicks to the chicken tractor, trimmed all the goats’ hooves, milked an extra goat we don’t normally milk… wrestled pigs to get them tagged… it’s a busy morning on the homestead!

Posted in Daily Vlog | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment